BALANCHINE AND THE LOST MUSE


BALANCHINE AND THE LOST MUSE

ELIZABETH KENDALL    Book Number: 83990    Product format: Paperback

An Oxford University Press publication which offers some of the loveliest prose in recent dance writing. Kendall's portrait of Balanchine's first 20 years is now the standard reference for this period, yet it reads like a detective novel. Here are layers of a complicated, unhappy family life, an adolescent fired with idealism for his chosen art, memories of dances and dancers like the ballerina muse Lidia Ivanova - who died only days before he left Russia - that haunted his choreography for decades. The book reveals an era and new insight into the genius and innovator that was the choreographer George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, where his work was always the ballerina, the figure who holds all eyes, who takes the music into her body and makes it physical and human. Balanchine has trained at the fabled Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and as a youngster in 1920 in Petrograd State Ballet School had first performed The Magic Flute playing the role of Luce to Ivanova as Lise. The Russian Revolution was not even three years old and the two students interacted not through classical pirouettes and lifts, but in half-poses, half-arabesques and melting gestures. The steps even hinted explicitly at sex in modern guise. 288pp, illus, maps and cast of characters. Paperback.
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ISBN 9780190227944
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