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Reading Dance A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras

ISBN-10: 037542122X
ISBN-13: 9780375421228
Edition: 2009
Authors: Robert Gottlieb
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Description: Robert Gottlieb's immense sampling of the dance literatureby far the largest such project ever attemptedis both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading.  More...

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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1360
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.894

Robert Gottlieb's immense sampling of the dance literatureby far the largest such project ever attemptedis both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading. It limits itself of material within the experience of today's general readers, avoiding, for instance, academic historical writing and treatises on technique, its earliest subjects are those nineteenth-century works and choreographers that still resonate with dance lovers today:Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake;Bournonville and Petipa. And, as Gottlieb writes in his introduction, "The twentieth century focuses to a large extent on the achievements and personalities that dominated itfrom Pavlova and Nijinsky and Diaghilev to Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, from Ashton and Balanchine and Robbins to Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp, from Fonteyn and Farrell and Gelsey Kirkland ("the Judy Garland of Ballet") to Nureyev and Baryshnikov and Astaireas well as the critical and reportorial voices, past and present, that carry the most conviction." In structuring his anthology, Gottlieb explains, he has "tried to help the reader along by arranging its two hundred-plus entries into a coherent groups." Apart from the sections on major personalities and important critics, there are sections devoted to interviews (Tamara Toumanova, Antoinette Sibley, Mark Morris); profiles (Lincoln Kirstein, Bob Fosse, Olga Spessivtseva); teachers; accounts of the birth of important works fromPetrouchkatoApollotoPush Comes to Shove;and the movies (from Arlene Croce and Alastair Macauley on Fred Astaire to director Michael Powell on the making ofThe Red Shoes). Here are the voices of Cecil Beaton and Irene Castle, Ninette de Valois and Bronislava Nijinska, Maya Plisetskaya and Allegra Kent, Serge Lifar and Jose Limon, Alicia Markova and Natalia Makarova, Ruth St. Denis and Michel Fokine, Susan Sontag and Jean Renoir. Plus a group of obscure, even eccentric extras, including an account of Pavlova going shopping in London and recipes from Tanaquil LeClerq's cookbook." With its huge range of content accompanied by the anthologist's incisive running commentary,Reading Dancewill be a source of pleasure and instruction for anyone who loves dance.

Frederick Ashton
Letter to Alary Clarke
Notes on Choreography
Frederick Ashton and His Ballets
Enigma Variations
Ashton Now
Ashton Ballets
Enigma Variations
La Fille Mal Gardee
Ashton's Romeo: A Wise Virgin
Symphonic Variations
Fred Astaire
Beginnings
Ginger's Dress
The Dress
Notes on La Belle, La Perfectly Swell, Romance
Nice Work, Darling, Nice Work
Letter to Adele
George Balanchine
Marginal Notes on the Dance
Conversations with Balanchine
Some Thoughts About Classicism and George Balanchine
Personal Encounters
Meeting Balanchine
My Friend George Balanchine
A Masculine Man
Balanchine Ballets
Three Sides of Agon
Four Decades of Agon: The Pas de Deux
Ballet Imperial
Chaconne
Liebeslieder Walzer
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mozartiana
Robert Schumann's "Davidsbundlertanze"
La Valse
Who Cares?
Balanchine Lost Ballets
Cotillon
The Figure in the Carpet
Opus 34
Balanchine Dancers
Robert Greskovic
Robert Greskovic
Robert Greskovic
Claudia Roth Pierpont
B. H. Haggin
Arlene Croce
Mikhail Baryshnikov
The Soloist
Defection
Le Mystere Baryshnikov
Baryshnikov Dancing Judson
Giselle
August Bournonville
Myself
La Sylphide
A Folk Tale
The Guards of Amager
Choreographic Creed
Commentary
La Bayadere
Costumes by Karinska
Edwin Denby
Gelsey Kirkland: The Judy Garland of Ballet
Ulanova - A Tribute
Ballet in a Bad Time
The Audience
Dancer and the Dance
At the Ballet
Three Essays on Dancing
Critical Voices
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
Petrouchka
Lilac Garden
Genie's Cool Charm
Throw Tolstoy from the Train: Boris Eifman
Against Meaning in Ballet
Superficial Thoughts on Foreign Classicism
The Rockettes and Rhythm
Alvin Ailey
Maurice Bejart
The Bolshoi
Time Tunnel: Jose Limon
Charlotte Moorman: Over His Dead Body
Steve Paxton: Tornado in a Teacup
The Significance of the Dance
The Spirit of the Classic Dance
Argentina
Sex, Violence, and Kenneth MacMillan
Trisha Brown: Dancing Through the Language Barrier
Mauve Punk: Karole Armitage
Comforts of Hell: Bill Irwin
Exhibit A and Possibly B: Meredith Monk
Ballet on Ice
The Nutcracker: Magic
Clytemnestra
Mathilde Kschessinska
Olga Preobrajenska
Lida Ivanovo
Olga Spessivtseva
Merce Cunningham
Merce
The Dancer and the Dance
At the Theater de Lys
Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Sergei Diaghilev
Sergei Diaghilev
Coming Home
Diaghilev and Music
Auditioning for Diaghilev
Isadora Duncan
In Russia
How I Met Isadora
Isadora's Death
Isadora
Isadora Duncan: In Memoriam
Free Spirit
Suzanne Farrell
Audition
A Conversation with Suzanne Farrell
A Conversation with Diana Adams
Suzanne Farrell
First Person
First Designs
Dancing with Vernon
Escape from Holland
Les Sylphides
Dancing for Twyla
Early Days
Debut
La Sonnamhula
Tsarevitch
Diaghilev
Goebbels
East Fifty-ninth Street: The Birthplace
Swan Lake
Crisis
The End of Denishawn
Opening Night
La Chatte
A Dancer's Childhood
The Thaw
The Renoirs Go to the Ballet
Egypta
Dancing with Nijinska
Margot Fonteyn
Snowflake to Superstar
Rudolf
The Art of Pleasing
Margot Fonteyn
Martha Graham
Martha Graham
A Chat with Martha Graham
Martha
A Conversation with May O'Donnell
Primitive Mysteries
Dance Goddess with Feet of Clay
Graham Crackers
Historical
The Ballet Club
Letter to Heine
Maria Theresa: Isadora's Last Dancing Daughter
Salome
Interviews
Barbara Newman
Robert Gottlieb
Joan Acocella
Barbara Newman
Francis Mason
Francis Mason
Leonide Massine
Meeting Diaghilev
Massine
Interviewing Massine
Movies
Cleopatra
Limelight
The Turning Point
Disney's Dances
Interview with John Kobal
The Red Shoes
Singin' in the Rain
Vaslav Nijinsky
Nijinsky
Le Sacre du Printemps
Notes on Nijinsky Photographs
Working on Sacre
Nijinsky and Til Eulenspiegel
The Strangeness of Til
Nijinsky's Last Days in the Theatre
The Specter of Nijinsky
A God Twice Buried
Rudolf Nureyev
Some of My Memories
A Celestial Accident
Nureyev Remembered
Obituaries
Arlene Croce
Mindy Aloff
Janet Flanner
Christopher Caines
Walter Terry
Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova
The Genius of Pavlova
Pavlova
Pavlova at the Met
Russian Ballet in Tokyo
Present at The Creation
Apollo
Ballets 1933
Clytemnestra
Firebird
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Moor's Pavane
Parade
Petrouchka
Pillar of Fire
Primitive Mysteries
Le Sacre du Printemps
Serenade
Profiles
Colonel de Basil
The Marquis de Cuevas
Ninette de Valois
Senta Driver: Stomping Out a Niche for Herself
Bob Fosse: Dancing and the Dark
Lincoln Kirstein
Nicolas Legat
Carmelita Maracci
Alicia Markova
Olga Spessivtseva
Mary Wigman
Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
Bringing Back Robbins's Fancy
Dances at a Gathering
The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky and the Ballet
The Sleeping Beauty
The Big Sleep
Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor
Aureole
Sunset
Moving Pictures
Why I Make Dances
Teachers
Class with Balanchine
On Teaching
My Teachers
Nijinska
Fokine
Balanchine's Teaching
Interview with Barbara Newman
The Quality of the Moment: Stanley Williams
Twyla Tharp
Twyla
Push Comes to Shove
Push Comes to Shove
Nine Sinatra Songs
Tharp Against the Whirlwind
Extras
On the Ballet
A Note on the Ballet
Pavlova Goes Shopping
Alec: or the Future of Choreography
An Early Interview
The Ballet Cook Book
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