Who's biography next?
Posted 29 July 2001 - 07:52 PM
I just finished reading Allegra Kent's biography, she seemed like a real hoot.
Who's biography/story would you like to see next?
Posted 29 July 2001 - 09:38 PM
Posted 29 July 2001 - 11:00 PM
A Tanaquil LeClerc biography would be very interesting as well. Because her dancing career was cut short, I'd like to know more about how she dealt with spending the bulk of her life in a wheelchair.
Oooh, Jacques D'Amboise, Robert Helpmann, Ninette de Valois (is there already one about her?), Gelsey Kirkland (I agree, autobiographies notwithstanding), I could probably come up with another dozen names easily but these sprang quickly to mind.
Posted 30 July 2001 - 12:31 AM
The idea of English language biographies of Soviet dancers -- how enticing Ulanova, Maximova, Vassiliev, Dogulshin, A. Fadeyechev -- not a very original list, but it would do for starters. This is just my personal quirk, but I'm as interested in dancer biographies for what they tell us about a company or a period as about the individual.
Posted 30 July 2001 - 04:47 AM
Actually, I'd like a really good bio on Petipa. I only found one and it didn't look interesting.
Posted 30 July 2001 - 05:34 PM
Posted 30 July 2001 - 09:10 PM
I would suspect that the Indiana Univ. Fine Arts Library would have it, but doubtless it is available elsewhere as well (I did graduate work at IU and have to put in a plug for their excellent libaries occasionally ;) )
I'd like a well-researched new one on Fonteyn, Dowell, a reissue of Balanchine's Ballerinas, Danilova....the list goes ever onward.....
Posted 31 July 2001 - 01:29 AM
I would like to read a biography of Patricia McBride. I've always wanted to know more about her. Is there one?
Posted 31 July 2001 - 01:40 AM
I've seen the Verdy book at some used book stores but it's always cost around $75 so I had to pass.
Posted 31 July 2001 - 03:20 AM
I haven't seen a book on McBride. I'm not sure if we ever will -- she had an important career, but it may have been too placid -- no hopping from company to company, no torrid affairs or stormy marriages. You kind of need that stuff.
Posted 31 July 2001 - 10:11 AM
Posted 31 July 2001 - 10:48 AM
I too would like to see a book about Beriosova and anything about Plisetskaya would make fascinating reading. Plisetskaya published her autobiography a few years ago, but to the best of my knowledge it has never been translated into English.
Posted 31 July 2001 - 11:32 AM
Posted 31 July 2001 - 06:17 PM
To some degree, I felt the same while reading Edward Villella's autobiography although it was more tolerable in that dept. A good bio of him might be nice also if one isn't already available.
Posted 31 July 2001 - 08:14 PM
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