My copy arrived. I've only had time to look at the pictures, many of which were entirely new to me. Fonteyn is astonishingly beautiful in the shots of her dancing with Nureyev. There's a magnificent 1967 photo of Nureyev's "famous legs"-- bare, muscular, veined, sculpted.
I want to second canbelto's wish for a detailed biography of Bruhn (especially Bruhn the artist). I was intrigued by Lupe Serrano's comments about dancing with Bruhn, which can be found in an interview/discussion with Kirk Peterson (Ballet Review
, , Summer 2007).
Then Erik Bruhn came [to Ballet Theatre]. I danced a lot with him. It was wonderful. He was so beautiful, so pale, you felt inspired to do your very best. But he was also a bit of a hypochondriac. If he wasn't feeling a hundred percent, he just couldn't make himself dance. He was such a perfectionist, he felt obliged to do better than the past performances, so sometimes he would really be down. We would be posing berore the start of the Don Q pas de deux and he would say, "I hope you're 'on' because I don't think I'm going to be much help to you today. And he would grunt on the first lift. So on the one hand you were inspired to do you very cleanest, purest, best dancing. On the oyther hand, he could be a little down on himself, which is hard to ignore.
Serrano has some interesting comments about dancing with Nureyev, too.