Posted 23 November 2002 - 12:38 PM
"After 16 years as a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and a dancer with American Ballet Theatre for nine years before that, Robert La Fosse is retiring. This event is something of a milestone for the New York dance community. Mr. La Fosse has performed here with, and for, most of the great ballet names for a quarter century, and he was one of the last of a handful of dancers still onstage who were central figures in the dance boom of the 70's and early 80's."
True enough, but Robert La Fosse wrote his autobiography,
"Nothing to Hide," fifteen years ago. Perhaps nothing was hidden, but much lay necessarily unrevealed.
Similarly, Peter Martins' "Far from Denmark," was published in 1982, when Balanchine was still alive and Peter was still dancing. Although he'd already choreographed several ballets, his elevation to NYCB Ballet Master in Chief was far from reality.
The state of ballet and publishing being what they are, I can't imagine any great clamor to bring out updated versions of these books and others like them, let alone sequels. So a lot of first-person dance history will probably go unrecorded.
Posted 23 November 2002 - 02:07 PM
One of the many things that's missing these days are little fan books -- anyone remember those? They'd be short, 24 pages, maybe more, mostly photos, a few facts about personal life, training, how they got into the company, that kind of thing. But I think there isn't even a market for that now. It's partly that the Boom is over, but partly that publishing houses are now owned by megaconglomerates and the idea of selling 1,000 or even 5,000 or 10,000 of anything is not what they think of as having a good time.
Martins may well have another biography done -- he should, I think; he's directed a major company for nearly 20 years. But it's harder to write a post-performance biography of someone whose career ended with his or her last performance.
Posted 25 November 2002 - 10:24 AM
Posted 29 November 2002 - 12:16 PM
Posted 29 November 2002 - 01:28 PM
My Life in Ballet
Posted 02 December 2002 - 10:49 AM
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Posted 05 December 2002 - 06:23 PM
i read this (past tense) as 'Perhaps nothing was hidden, but much lay UNnecessarily REVEALED.'
thought you might find that funny...as i did.
(yes, i HAVE read the book.)
Posted 05 December 2002 - 06:31 PM
Posted 06 December 2002 - 06:43 AM
We have, I believe 3 of them, at our school library, I was shocked to find when I checked one out that it had been on the shelf for more than 20 years!!! It says something about how illiterate young dancers can be even to their own art form. So I understand why the stopped publishing them, but I do agree they are great!
Posted 09 December 2002 - 10:57 AM
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