The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz
Posted 11 November 2009 - 12:06 AM
The book covers her childhood, training, and subsequent careers, as well as her medical struggles and the formidable challenge of regulating insulin and sugar levels while dancing, a daunting feat, since the right action had to be taken before taking on any number of combinations of programs, each combination with its own demands. It's also a great story of company transition: while chosen by Balanchine just before he fell ill, Karz and several other SAB students were told there was no guarantee that Balanchine's successor would take them into the company. Once Martins chose her, there was the pressure to prove to the Balanchine company that she belonged.
I recommend this book highly, especially because of her directness.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:25 PM
I don't know how to post a link, but there is a short youtube video of Karz talking about her life and book. Also some footage of her dancing. You can go to youtube and search for Zappora Zarz or Sugarless Plum or copy and paste the web address found below. I can't wait to read the book.
Reply to myself - I guess I did know how to post a link! That easy huh!
Posted 11 November 2009 - 04:27 PM
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:36 AM
As someone who grew up with a diabetic parent -- long ago when the tools to control blood sugar levels were a primitive urine test followed by one big daily shot of insulin, injected by means of a huge hypodermic needle, supplemented when needed with swigs of orange juice as the day progressed -- I am astonished what can be done to control effects of diabetes today.
As Farrell Fan says, the struggle against diabetes for a dancer, especially one performing with one of the greatest companies in the world, is literally ...
That's really something to think about with admiration and wonder. I suspect that the discipline and the respect for one's body and for procedures that Karz learned as a ballet student helped her in all of this.
day to day, hour by hour.
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Posted 05 December 2009 - 08:06 AM
It's a very good read. I have a very dear friend who has diabetes so that part struck close to home. Ms. Karz was one of my favorite soloists; it was nice to learn more about her.
Posted 05 December 2009 - 08:41 AM
[...]My only complaint is that, like those aforementioned earlier memoirs, this book has no index. [...]
The reason for this, as many of you undoubtedly know, is that publishers no longer pay for indexing--it's completely up to the author to take care of. I'm sure there are exceptions made for some, but even Sarah Palin's book didn't have one--so it's clearly something the publishers feel is OK to omit.
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