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White Swan, Black Swan


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#1 BryMar1995

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Posted 01 October 2001 - 08:09 PM

I have been enjoying so much the series of interelated short stories "White Swan, Black Swan" by Adrienne Sharp (Random House). Set firmly in the world of American ballet, musical theater and modern dance, Ms. Sharp weaves connecting threads throughout the stories. She touches several different issues dancers face and tells stories that bring to life familiar figures and personalities known and loved by all of us who love dance. Fact, fiction, and speculation are combined to tell stories that those of us who dance find all too real. Stories and films about dance all too often strike me as superficial and trite, but "White Swan, Balck Swan" is a read I found to be honest, mature, and compelling. Has anyone else read this yet?
Rick McCullough

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Posted 07 October 2001 - 12:02 PM

Just wanted to add that some of the stories contain adult content.
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Posted 30 July 2002 - 04:31 AM

Rick--

I guess I was less enthused by White Swan, Black Swan; the ballet anecdotes on which some of the stories were built are *so* familiar; I guess I expected more depth. Still, I did appreciate the author's subtlety and terseness.

By the way, are you the Rick McCullough whom I worked with at Pittsburgh Ballet oh so many years ago?

Ray Ricketts


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