altongrimes

Ballet History

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My most heartfelt thank you to all who have crafted such a glorious response to my request for a "definitive treatise on ballet history". It is indeed a humbling thing to be the recipient of such generosity of spirit. Why, you gave me a "Ferrari" instead of an old Ford ! Think I'll take it for a spin !

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I feel compelled to include an excerpt from BALLET 101. What a marvelous book you have recommended!. "In France, les ballet, essentially reared in Paris, had become variously predictable and frivolously diverting. It's monied socially prominent audiences went to it largely out of habit, often to find personal or prurient pleasures. Next to Diaghilev's concentration of the imperial Russian ballet, the full scale republican French variety looked fairly inconsequential, decadent, or both."  Ah ... Here, indeed is a great book ! Thank you to everyone !

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