Who needs a biography?
Posted 08 October 2007 - 12:37 PM
But who needs a real biography? I've got some ideas:
1. Ninette di Valois - fearsome, indomitable. Many of the people who knew her are still alive, from the lovers to the haters.
2. Anna Pavlova - no comprehensive biography of this legendary dancer, who also had an incredible life. Hard to believe.
3. Olga Spessivtseva - What a book this would make. The ill-fated affair with the KGB agent. The drama at the POB. The tragic mental breakdown.
4. Yuri Soloviev - another tragic life that I'd love to read about. Again, many of the people who danced with him are still alive, maybe they can shed some light on his incredible career, and why he put a bullet through his head.
5. Erik Bruhn - The golden boy of ballet, but one who apparently battled a lot of personal demons.
That's all I can think of for now. Anyone got any more ideas?
Posted 08 October 2007 - 01:53 PM
Others include Tanaquil LeClercq, Cynthia Gregory, and Suzanne Farrell. The existence of the Farrell autobiography helps, of course. And wasn't Gregory planning an autobiography at one time?
Posted 08 October 2007 - 02:12 PM
But there is her memoir "Come dance with me", OK, published in 1957, but IMO the early days were the most interesting in British ballet history. It is in fact quite a good read.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 04:43 PM
Yes, please. Also, Diana Adams. And while I appreciate Gennady Smakov's bio of Barishnikov, I'd love another more deeply researched book on this restless artist.
Others include Tanaquil LeClercq,. . .
Great topic, canbelto!
Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:20 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:48 PM
From time to time, talk of "the Balanchine book by Arlene Croce" surfaces on Ballet Talk, but we already know that's not a biography but a study of the ballets -- if it exists at all.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:11 PM
I would like to know how, for example, it was possible for Mr. B to have married and divorced five times, while remaining on good terms with all his exes?
I agree with you about the existing books on Balanchine. I thought Shearer had a good suggestion on that particular question, though.
John Gruen wrote a book on Bruhn many years ago, but it is seriously lacking and Bruhn definitely deserves a do-over.
Keith Money did well by Pavlova, I thought.
I agree, Nora Kaye would be an ideal subject, with considerable appeal to a general readership, too, I'd think.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 07:02 PM
I agree about Petipa. Also, Mikhail Fokine.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 07:29 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:17 PM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 04:52 AM
The life and ballets of Lev Ivanov : choreographer of The nutcracker and Swan lake / Roland John Wiley.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
The Christensen brothers: an American dance epic, by Debra Hickenlooper Sowell (Harwood Academic Press, 1998)
p.s. Money's thorough Pavlova is sometimes on ebay and i suppose also on used book dealers' lists.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:13 AM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:42 AM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:56 AM
There is a major biography of Erik Bruhn in the works.
I had always hoped for a biography of Diana Adams -- perhaps too difficult to do now. I'd definitely read one of Karsavina.
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