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Apollos angels: a history of ballet

Author: Jennifer Homans
Publisher: London : Granta, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Unique among the arts, ballet has no written texts or standardized notation. It is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. A ballerina dancing today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Homans
ISBN: 9781862079502 1862079501 1847082564 9781847082565
OCLC Number: 696852557
Awards: Short-listed for National Books Critics Circle Award 2010
Description: xxv, 641 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Masters and traditions --
France and the classical origins of ballet. Kings of dance ; The Enlightenment and the story ballet ; The French Revolution in ballet ; Romantic illusions and the rise of the ballerina ; Scandinavian orthodoxy : the Danish style ; Italian heresy : pantomime, virtuosity, and Italian ballet --
Light from the East : Russian worlds of art. Tsars of dance : imperial Russian classicism ; East goes West : Russian Modernism and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ; Left behind? : Communist ballet from Stalin to Brezhnev ; Alone in Europe : the British moment ; The American century I : Russian beginnings ; The American century II : The New York scene --
The masters are dead and gone.
Responsibility: Jennifer Homans.

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A groundbreaking and beautifully written history of ballet, from its origins to the present, by a dancer turned historian and critic - will do for ballet what Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise did for  Read more...

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"The only truly definitive history of the most impossibly fantastic art form, ballet . . . an eloquent and lasting elegy to an unlasting art."--"The New York Times Book Review" "A delight to read, Read more...

 
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