Question from Estelle
Posted 08 May 2000 - 10:44 PM
-Lincoln Kirstein, "Portrait of Mr B"
-Lincoln Kirstein, "30 years, the NYCB"
-Francis Mason, "I remember Balanchine"
-Garis, "Following Balanchine"
-B. Taper, "Balanchine"
-R. Buckle, "Balanchine"
-R. Buckle, "Nijinsky"
-R. Buckle, "Diaghilev"
-Bronislava Nijinska, "Early memoirs"
-Margot Fonteyn, "A dancer's world"
-Sorrell, "The dancer's image"
-Sorrell, "The dance has many faces"
-Sorrell, "Dance in its time"
-D. Jowitt, "Time and the dancing image"
-Grosland, "Ballet Carnival"
-Kay Ambrose, "The ballet lover's companion"
-Bird, "Bird's eye view"
-Robert (?), "The Borzoi book of ballets"
-Chazin- Bennahum, "The ballets of Antony Tudor"
-Easton, "No intermissions (Agnes De Mille)"
-Gherman, "Agnes De Mille, dancing off the earth"
And also a few modern-dance related books (hoping that it isn't too unappropriate):
-Agnes De Mille, "Martha"
-Armitage, "Martha Graham, the early years"
-"Doris Humphrey, an artist first"
-Cohen, "The modern dance"
-Graff, "Stepping left"
-Siegel, "Days on earth (Humphrey)"
It's a long list, but perhaps the comments would be useful to some other readers of this board too!
Posted 08 May 2000 - 11:31 PM
Green, green, green....
P.S. Who's in Berkeley: Alexandra or Estelle?
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Posted 08 May 2000 - 11:54 PM
Posted 09 May 2000 - 12:00 AM
I'd probably get the Nijinska book too, because I'm very curious about her right now.
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Posted 09 May 2000 - 09:56 AM
As someone who missed City Ballet's "glory years," I thoroughly enjoyed reading Garis and discovering the company through his eyes. The book also has photos I hadn't seen elsewhere. Then again the conceit out of which he writes -- the idea that he can fathom the workings of Balanchine's mind -- really is conceited (not that I blame him for trying, or that it isn't fascinating conjecture), and there are other places too where he sounds arrogant, like in his snobby dismissal of Dances at a Gathering.
I love having all the different memories and points of view in the Mason compilation, and with its short chapters it makes convenient bedtime reading!
Posted 09 May 2000 - 09:59 AM
The Borzoi book brings back memories---I had a copy of it at one time, I think it was published in the l940's. I remember wonderful photos of Toumanova.
I also second KFW's opinion on the Garis book.
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Posted 09 May 2000 - 05:26 PM
All three Buckle books are absolute gems - his meticulous research and his passion for Diaghilev and Balanchine alone would recommend them, but added to this is his wonderfully spare and witty prose. Even if you aren't particularly interested in the subjects, his books are excellently entertaining to read.
And I can testify to this. Years ago when I was young and not the slightest bit interested in ballet (had never even seen one, in fact) I couldn't wait to read his ballet reviews in the 'Sunday Times' and later the 'Observer' because they made me laugh out loud.
I think that says it all about his qualities as a writer.
Posted 09 May 2000 - 09:26 PM
Posted 10 May 2000 - 08:05 AM
Posted 10 May 2000 - 06:56 PM
Definitely Nijinska's "Early Memoirs" !! Many of the others may be excellent, I can't comment on them, and perhaps your interests and focus may be more toward the making of dance choreography. But "Early Memoirs" was sentimental, touching, enjoyable to read, and gave me a better understanding of an amazing artistic period at the turn of the century in Russia and Europe.
Posted 13 May 2000 - 02:54 PM
Posted 17 May 2000 - 01:47 AM
Posted 19 May 2000 - 12:01 PM
and also there have been some computer problems...
It was a tough choice, with many additional parameters (price,
weight in my suitcase, also I didn't have enough time to go back to one of the bookstores I had previously visited...) So I "only" bought Kirstein's 2 books,
Taper's biography, and DeMille's book about Graham. I wish I could have
In case anybody in the region of Berkeley is interested, the bookstores were "Moe's" (Telegraph Avenue) and "Black Oak".
Posted 19 May 2000 - 12:39 PM
BTW, I hope you noticed that Jose Martinez posted on alt.arts.ballet this morning.
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