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The Pursuit of Perfection
A tremendously penetrating biography of Celia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of Canada. A beautifully illustrated volume which is an essential addition to the canon of Canadian dance literature. Written with depth, insight, and a journalist's insatiable curiosity, this book is perfect for anyone interested in dance, the arts, or Canadian institutions. Hardcover, 420 pp. $36.00.
Diaghilev and The Golden Age of the Ballets Russes
This stunning book takes advantage of new research and draws on little-seen collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum to explore the life, work, influence, and cultural milieu of Serge Diaghilev, one of history's greatest and most influential innovators in any field of arts. Hardcover, 240 pp. $66.00.
This is the first English-language overview of Pina Bausch's work and methods. Included are, an historical and artistic context for her work, a newly published interview, a detailed account of her groundbreaking work Kontakthof, and practical exercises derived from her working method for artists and students of both dance and theatre. Softcover, 139 pp. $34.95.
The Everyday Dancer
A fresh and honest account of the business of dancing from a writer with first-hand experience of the profeesion. Through this vivid portrait of a dancer's every day Deborah Bull reveals the arc of a dancer's life, from the seven year old's very first ballet class, through training, to company life, and, eventually to retirement. A unique persepective, and an essential read for the aspiring dancer. Hardcover, 220 pp. $32.00.
Peter in Process: Peter Boneham's Sixty Years of Dance
A brilliant teacher; a revered mentor; an obsessive worker: Peter Boneham is Canada's longest serving artistic director in dance. Running dance companies in Montreal and Ottawa, he has choreographed over 50 works. This new biography chronicles his incredible 60-years in dance. Softcover, 231 pp. $39.95.
Diaghilev: A Life
A major new biography of Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, who revolutionised ballet, bringing together composers such as Stravinsky and Prokoviev, dancers and choreographers such as Ninjinsky and Karsavina, Fokine and Balanchine and artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Bakst and Goncharova. This magnificent book brings a complex and powerful personality with boundless creative energy fully to life. Hardcover, 552 pp. $55.00.
Balanchine Then and Now
Edited by Ann Hogan
In this book, leading dancers, choreographers, company directors, critics and academics assess Balanchine's and his relevance to dance today. Richly illustrated, this multi-dimensional dialogue is accessible to anyone wishing to learn more about Balanchine and his continuing impact on dance.
Different Drummer: The Life of Kenneth MacMillan
By the end of his lifetime, Kenneth MacMillan was internationally accepted as one of the great choreographers of the 20th century. However despite the success that he achieved, his greatest ballets reveal glimpses of a deeply troubled mind, an outsider at odds both with the institutions in which he worked and with their expectations of what ballet should be. This first complete biography of Kenneth MacMillan reveals a complex artist who fiercely guarded his own privacy, while his ballets communicated his darkest and most intimate thoughts. Hardcover, $59.95.
Dynamic Women Dancers
This is a collection of 10 engaging capsule biographies from the history of dance. The women profiled here have become masters of their art, dancing and choreographing their way around the world. All of them have helped transform their style of dance, paving the way for the next generation. Softcover, 128 pp. $10.95.
Diaghilev and Friends
As the dominant father figure of the Ballets Russes from their inception in 1909, Diaghilev was admired, feared, loved, and hated in equal measure. Joy Melville's major new biography, published on the centenary of the foundation of the Ballet Russes, explores her subject's tempestuous and destructive affair with his protege Nijinsky, and his friendship with Jean Cocteau, searching all the while for Diaghilev the man, what motivated him, amused him, angered him and inspired him. Hardcover, 290 pp. $33.00.
Chance and Circumstance: Twenty Years with Cage and Cunningham
Carolyn Brown's compelling and unsentimental memoir of her time working with the dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham and John Cage offers a dazzling glimpse into the evolution of dance and performance in the 20th century. Softcover, 645 pp. $33.50.
Electric Salome: Loie Fuller's Performance of Modernism
Rhonda K. Garelick
The legendary Loie Fuller rose from a small-time vaudeville career to become the most famouse American in Europe at the turn of the century. In Electric Salome, Rhonda Garelick demonstrates that Fuller was not merely an entertainer, but an artist of great psychological, emotional, and sexual expressiveness. Here Fuller finally receives her due as a major artist in her own right. Softcover, 246 pp. $31.95.
Rudolf Laban was one of the leading dance theorists of the twentieth century. His work on dance analysis and notation raised the status of dance as both an art form and a scholarly discipline. This introductory guide combines a biographical overview with an exploration of his key ideas and contributions to the world of dance. Furthermore, readers with find herein a detailed exercise-based breakdown of Laban's key teachings. Softcover, 136 pp. $36.95.
Irina: Ballet, Life, and Love
George Balanchine discovered her. Yul Brynner romanced her. Genius artists designed the sets and costumes for her. And as one of the "Three Baby Ballerinas" who toured packed houses around the globe during the 1930s, Irina Baronova danced for dignitaries such as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In this stunningly illustrated autobiography, Irina Baronova remembers her purposeful journey and remarkable life in the arts. Hardcover, 534 pp. $44.00.
Remembering Nureyev: The Trail of a Comet
Rudi van Dantzig
Written at the request of the great dancer, this searing memoir by Nureyev's friend and colleague is an uncompromising look at artists in relationship. This biography is a sustained first-hand account of the dancer as both a working artist and human being. Nureyev and van Dantzig's stories intertwine and seperate through their decades of friendship to create a vivid picture of the dance world itself and the courage, drive, and tenacity required of any performing artist. Hardcover, 251 pp. $43.50.
Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d'Action to Merce Cunningham
In her new book Karen Eliot studies dance history through the bodies, lives, and historical contexts of dancers. Here, the lives and careers of five popular female dancers: Giovanna Baccelli, Adele Dumilatre, Tamara Karsavina, Moira Shearer, and Catherine Kerr are examined thorougly. These women represent a cross section of performance, training, and technique in Western theatrical dance since the eighteenth century which Eliot draws on to teach us about the history of western dance culture. Hardcover, 190 pp. $41.95.
Unfold: A Portrait of Peggy Baker
Peggy Baker is recognized internationally as one of the most outstanding dance artists of her generation. She has captivated audiences and influenced dancers across North America and around the world with her creativity in both modern dance and ballet.
Carol Anderson's intimate knowledge of the art form is revealed through her eloquent text alowing us to see inside the life of this extraordinary performer, creator and teacher. With over 100 photographs, this is a stunning tribute to a great dance artist. $39.95.
Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers
A collection of photographic portraits and vignettes based on intimate conversations, Masters of Movement takes on a rare journey into the world of dance. Whether through her lens or through the revelations emanating from her masterful interviews, Rose Eichenbaum has succeeded in capturing the essential character of her subjects, who confide experiences and emotions that have driven their creativity and defined their styles. Masters of Movement will inform, empower, and inspire anyone on the creative path - and delight lovers of dance everywhere. Softcover, 264 pp. $29.95.
The Man Next Door Dances: The Art of Peter Bingham
Vancouver-based Peter Bingham has been a driving force in Canada's contact improvisation scene for 30 years. Influenced by is early training with dancer/choreographer Linda Rubin, he later studied with American proponents of contact, Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. Meticulously researched by author Kaija Pepper, Bingham's contact improvisation and choreographic works are brought to life once again on the printed page with detailed and thoughtful representation. Softcover, 196 pp. $39.95.
Nureyev: The Life
Genius, charm, passion, beauty and sex appeal as well as an innate ability to excite an audience with his immense prowess as a classical dancer were all traits Rudolph Nureyev had in spades. Award-winning dance critic and arts writer Julie Kavanagh draws on previously unseen letters and diaries as well as interviews with Nureyev's inner circle to give us the most intimate, revealing and dramatic picture we have ever had of this legendary dance artist. Softcover, 782 pp. $22.95.
Anna Halprin: Experience as Dance
Anna Halprin pioneered what became known as "post-modern dance," creating work that was key to unlocking the door to experimentation in theater, music, Happenings and performance art. This comprehensive biography examines Halprin's fascinating life in the context of American culture. Janice Ross chronicles Halprin's long, remarkable career, beginning with the dancer's grandparents and ending with the present day, when Halprin continues to defy boundaries between artistic genres as well as between participants and observers. As she follows Halprin's development from youth into old age, Ross describes in engrossing detail the artist's roles as dancer, choreographer, performance theorist, community leader, cancer survivor, healer, wife and mother. Softcover, 444 pp. $28.95.
Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins
In the pages of this definitive biography, Amanda Vaill takes full measure
of the complicated, contradictory genius who was Jerome Robbins. Drawing
on thousands of pages from Robbins's personal and professional papers,
to which she was granted unfettered access, as well as on other archives
and hundreds of interviews, Somewhere is a riveting narrative of a
life lived onstage, offstage, and backstage. It is also an accomplished
work of criticism and social history that chronicles one man's phenomenal
career and places it squarely in the cultural ferment of a time when
New York City was truly "a
helluva town." Softcover, 675 pp. $25.95.
Ecstasy and the Demon: The Dances of Mary Wigman
In Ecstasy and the Demon, Susan Manning advances a sociological explanation
for the collaboration between German modern dancers and National
Socialism. She models methods for dance studies that contextualize
choreography in relation to changing sociopolitical conditions, bringing
dance scholarship into conversation with intellectual trends across
the humanities. The introduction to this second edition brings Manning's
groundbreaking work to bear on dance studies today and reconsiders
Wigman's career from the perspective of queer theory and globalization,
further illuminating the interplay of dance and politics in the twentieth
century. Softcover, 353 pp. $29.95.
Real Nureyev: An Intimate Memoir of Ballet's Greatest Hero
This is an intensely personal, under-the-skin depiction of ballet's greatest
hero. Carolyn Soutar worked with Nureyev at the London Coliseum during
the 1980s, and her biography focuses on a six-year period of his life
career of this once phenomenal dancer, who began to call himself "Old
Galoshes" in recognition of his fading powers, was drawing to a close.
Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, yet always deeply human, The
Real Nureyev is a must-read for ballet fans. Hardcover, 192 pp. $31.95.
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