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Amazon (U.S.) now has Brigitte Kelly's new "pesonal memoir" of Marie Rambert in stock.

Mim, a personal memoir of Marie Rambert (Paperback)

by Brigitte Kelly (Author)

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Although the name Rambert is now associated with modern dance, it is perhaps forgotten that the founder of the Rambert Dance Company, Marie Rambert, was one of the major instigators of the flowering of English Ballet in the 1930s. Never over-modest, she nicknamed herself 'the midwife at the birth of English ballet.' She died in 1982 at the age of 94. She was not just 'another ballet person'; her long life was crowded with activity and achievement and a selfless dedication to art. A woman of taste in literature, music, theatre in all aspects, she nurtured and guided a remarkable number of gifted choreographers, notably Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Andree Howard, Walter Gore, and later Norman Morrice and Christopher Bruce. She gave them the opportunity to try out their ideas on the tiny stage of the Mercury Theatre, built by her husband, the playwright Ashley Dukes. 'Mim' is about Marie Rambert the woman, from her upbringing in her native poland, living and working in the Paris of the 1920s, until the outbreak of the First World War brought her to England. Lively, witty, unpredictable, funny, often outrageous, she was as well known for her outbursts of temperament as she was for her artistic achievements. She inspired, exasperated, and goaded her unusual group of dancers and choreographers who recognised her qualities and dedication and relished working in an atmosphere that crackled and sparkled with creative life.

About the Author

Brigitte Kelly is an English dancer and teacher who was trained by Marie Rambert, danced with the Anglo-Polish Ballet, and taught for many years at the Rambert School in London.

Product Details

* Paperback: 210 pages

* Publisher: Dance Books Ltd (September 7, 2009)

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I am in the process of reading this right now and thoroughly enjoying it! (Ms. Kelly was one of my teachers; many memories come back while reading! :D)

When I was there Marie Rambert was no longer teaching; but she was a presence and a strong one at that, though she was not even at the school very often. I can see now that some of the "styles" of teaching - and who gets taught and who is "left to their own devices", goes back to Marie Rambert and _her_ way of going about it all.

Ms. Kelly's book also puts to paper the stories we had all only heard about.


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