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Who needs a biography?A real one


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#31 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 11:39 AM

Hans, there is Rambert's marvelous "Quicksilver" but it's a memoir rather than a critical study. It's great reading, though.

#32 Anthony_NYC

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 02:29 PM

Minkus, Delibes, and Adolphe Adam. The dearth of information in any language is hard to understand.

#33 canbelto

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:14 PM

I can just imagine Mr. B's reaction to a huge, 600+ page biography about him. "My oh my. Just the events, dear."

#34 papeetepatrick

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:34 PM

Minkus, Delibes, and Adolphe Adam. The dearth of information in any language is hard to understand.


Yes!

#35 Hans

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 07:51 PM

I am surprised to hear that there is no biography of Delibes!

#36 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 09:23 PM

Mme. Alonso :bow: needs one:
Loved by millions in Cuba and abroad, and equally hated for her communist political afiliation. One of the few living Prima Ballerina Assolutas on earth, Balanchine's muse and Fidel Castro's close friend. Praised, venerated and equally bitterly criticized by the same dancers at the same time for her tiranic ballet managment. Responsible for elevating careers to the point of having cuban principals in all major world ballet companies, and accountable also for stoppping others from the rise. Internal scandals, major triumphs, and all this while being legally blind since her early twenties...Well, i think there is some material to work with right there...

#37 Gina Ness

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 11:20 AM

I have two books on Pavlova not mentioned: The Flight of the Swan...A Memory of Pavlova by Andre Oliveroff as told to John Gill published in 1932; and Pavlova by Walford Hyden, Her Former Musical Director published in 1931. Neither of these books claim to be official biographies, but there is a lot of biographical material in them...

P.S...I am very excited to read about a Bruhn biography to come! He was, is, and will always be my idol...

#38 Brioche

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 09:19 AM

Mme. Alonso needs one:
Loved by millions in Cuba and abroad, and equally hated for her communist political afiliation. One of the few living Prima Ballerina Assolutas on earth, Balanchine's muse and Fidel Castro's close friend. Praised, venerated and equally bitterly criticized by the same dancers at the same time for her tiranic ballet managment. Responsible for elevating careers to the point of having cuban principals in all major world ballet companies, and accountable also for stoppping others from the rise. Internal scandals, major triumphs, and all this while being legally blind since her early twenties...Well, i think there is some material to work with right there...


Wow Cristian, sounds like a project you should undertake! :dunno:


Has the Volkova biography been printed in English yet? If not, will it be?

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 09:24 AM

yes to the volokova query - see (somwhere on BT) alexandra's alert to this book's recent publication.

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 10:20 AM

yes to the volokova query - see (somwhere on BT) alexandra's alert to this book's recent publication.


Here it is.

#41 Brioche

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 10:07 PM

yes to the volokova query - see (somwhere on BT) alexandra's alert to this book's recent publication.


Thank you.

Amazon UK has it as well.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:09 PM

I am reading "Ballet To The Corps", an autobio of Marie Pacquett, who danced with Joffrey and ABT in the 50's and 60's. It's a great read, and I hate to get to the end, so I try to read only a bit at a time....like savoring chocolate cake. And I also enjoyed reading "Ballet Is A Contact Sport".

Does anyone know of other books written from a corp member's perspective of the professional ballet career?

#43 GWTW

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 10:58 PM

Winter Season by Toni Bentley is a memoir of life in the corps of NYCB. It's not an autobiography but is very evocative of place and time.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:54 PM

Winter Season is a good book. Bentley's style in places is a little overripe for me, but as you say GWTW it's an invaluable snapshot of the company in that time and place. I think you'd really like it, agnes.

#45 Helene

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:54 PM

Christopher d'Amboise wrote a memoir as well, but I don't remember what rank he was when he wrote it. It's more about SAB and company life than "I got this role" then "I danced that role".


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