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The product of years of research and a lifetime of commitment to Cuban arts and culture, Octavio Roca's beautifully illustrated book explores the history of Cuban ballet starting with the life and career of the indomitable Alicia Alonso, founder of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Her voice resounds in the book, as do those of today's Lorena Feijóo and Lorna Feijóo, Joan Boada, José Manuel Carreño, Taras Domitro, Rolando Sarabia, and Carlos Acosta, among others. The book is rich in anecdotes, often heartbreaking in its honesty. Yet Cuban Ballet is not mere reportage, but rather it is a feat of challenging, lucid criticism. Octavio Roca offers up a cultural history that goes beyond the world of dance. Cloth, $40.00, September.
Dance and the Nation: Performance, Ritual, and Politics in Sri Lanka
Susan A. Reed
In stage performances, dance competitions, and festivals worldwide, dance has become an emblem of ethnicity and an index of national identity. In Dance and the Nation, Susan A. Reed brings to light the complexities of aesthetic politics in a multi-faceted exploration and analysis of the Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka. The complanion DVD includes unparalleled footage of this vibrant dance in ritual, stage, and training contexts, and features the most esteemed performers of the Kandyan region. Softcover, 280 pp.$35.95.
A Feast of Wonders: Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
Edited by John E. Bowlt et al
In this astonishing, fully illustrated catalogue, the legendary ballet productions of Sergei Diaghilev come to life through stage designs, costumes, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and programs. The more than three-hundred works collected here manage to fully capture the unprecedented combination of vitality and grace, originality and and technical sophistication, that so amazed the Paris audiences at the turn of the 20th Century. Hardcover, 320 pp. $73.00.
The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design
Alston Purvis et al.
In these 10 illuminating essays and the wide array of accompanying illustrations and photographs, explore Sergei Diaghilev's groundbreaking productions and discover the phenomenon that was The Ballets Russes. The stunning movement and design of these performances inspired some of the greatest designers and visual artists of our time, including Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso. The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design opens the door to some of the most revolutionary artistic work of the 20th Century. Hardcover, 210 pp. $60.00.
Close to the Floor: Irish Dance from the Boreen to Broadway
Mick Moloney, J'aime Morrison, Colin Quigley
Close to the Floor brings together a distinguished and diverse cast of dancers, dance teachers, choreographers, and dance historians to discuss and reflect on the topic of tradition and change in the world of Irish and related percussive dance forms. Softcover, 155 pp. $29.95.
Ailey Ascending: A Portrait in Motion
For 50 years, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has thrilled audiences around the world. Critically acclaimed photographer Andrew Eccles's classically composed, technically flawless style captures the breathtaking majesty of the human body in motion in Ailey Ascending. This is a must have for any fan or practitioner of dance. Hardcover, $55.00.
San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five
Long renowned as one of the world's pre-eminent ballet companies, San Francisco Ballet marks its seventy-fifth anniversary with this stunning portrait of the Ballet today. This breathtaking commemorative edition is both a serious depiction and a celebration of America's oldest professional ballet company. Hardcover includes DVD. 187 pp. $64.95.
In the Company of Stars
A pictorial history of the Paris Opera Ballet, this stunning book contains stories, impression, anecdotes, and accounts of the development of this unique company. The beautiful accompanying photographs help bring the history to life. Hardcover, 187 p. $62.00.
Malakhov’s Sleeping Beauty: Escapades with the Berlin State Ballet Frank Sistenich & Christiane Theobald
Over 250 black & white and colour photos capture all the stages of Vladimir Malakhov’s brilliant new staging of this pinnacle in the classical repertoire. We are given full access to the Berlin State Ballet in pre-production, rehearsal, and performance of this modern interpretation which is destined to make dance history. Hardcover. $62.95.
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. $32.95.
The Royal Ballet: 75 Years
Leading dance critic, Zoe Anderson, vividly portrays the extraordinary personalities who created the company and the dancers who made such an impact on their audiences. Her perceptive and critical account of The Royal Ballet's first seventy-five years, which traces the company's growth and its cultural importance, is indispensable for all lovers of ballet. Softcover, 354 pp. $20.00.
Round About the Ballet
William Cubberley & Joseph Carmen
Anyone who has ever seen a live performance of ballet knows the thrill of seeing larger-than-life figures onstage dancing in ways that seem superhuman. What are these dancers like beyond the footlights? How have they acquired such artistry and technique? What are the joys and difficulties in sustaining their careers? What dreams would they like to fulfill as performers? Round About the Ballet profiles the stars of the top New York City ballet companies: American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet. Selected by Roy Round, one of the world's leading dance photographers, dancers profiled represent the very best in ballet today. They are brought to life through stories of their lives, real-life interviews, and the stunning photographs of Roy Round. Hardcover, 210 pp. $43.50.
The Magic Nut
The Magic Nut documents the creation of the first original ballet production
at St. Petersburg's fabled Mariinsky Theater in some twenty years: a
prequel of sorts to The Nutcraker. Mihail Chemiakin wrote a libretto
based on the E.T.A. Hoffman tale, invited composer Sergei Slonimsky to
write original music, and created a fairy-tale ballet in two acts, with
a cast of bird-people, sea monsters, satyrs and satyresses, cats, jellyfish,
and, of course, a whole society of rats. This lavishly illustrated publication
leads the reader through the ballet, scene by scene, with detailed sketches
of the sets, costumes, masks, and props created for the production. Hardcover,
151 pp. $84.00.
The Royal Ballet: 161 Images
Johan Persson was a Principal with The Royal Ballet until a knee injury ended
his dancing career. A talented photographer, Johan turned to his camera to combine
his two loves -- dancing and photography. Focusing on his colleagues and friends
as they rehearse, relax and perform, he has created an intimate and elegant portrait
of this famous Company at work during the 2002/3 Season. Softcover, 164 pp. $60.00.
In this volume, Siu Wang-Ngai's vivid photos brilliantly capture the
dancers, the costumes and the spectacle of the Hong Kong Ballet. From the
many pictures of each ballet that he has taken, Siu has selected the most
exceptional and memorable images. The result is a book for all who delight
in the ballet, and for all who admire outstanding photographs. Hardcover,
193 pp. $69.95.
An Instinct for Success: Arnold Spohr & the Royal Winnipeg Ballet
The author is one of the keenest observers/chroniclers of dance in this
country who has applied his acumen with a passion for the subject of
book. Mr. Spohr molded the RWB into one of the world's best and most
unique dance companies, some would say against all odds. This well-illustrated
book is a fitting tribute to the company and the man who led them to
Caribbean Dance from Abakua to Zouk
This is an unprecedented overview of the dances from each of this region's
major islands and the complex, fused, and layered cultures that gave
birth to them. The authors in this collection, from distinguished
to highly innovative choreographers, reveal how dance shapes personal,
communal, and national identity. An extensive glossary of terms and
more than thirty illustrations round out the book, making it the
most complete resource on Caribbean dance available. Softcover, 408
Acts of Light
John Deane & Nan Deane Cano
The breathtaking images in Acts of Light are the result
of John Deane's unprecedented access as a promotional photographer
for the Martha Graham Dance Company. Drawing on essays, poetry and
excerpts from Graham's own notebook, Acts of Light considers
the narrative, dramatic and philosophical base for each dance, and
offers reflections on its contemporary relevance for today's audience,
providing an insightful testimony to Graham's living influence on American
culture. Hardcover, 103 pp. $50.95.
Dancing Fear and Desire: Race, Sexuality & Imperial Politics in Middle Eastern Dance
Stavros Stavrou Karayanni
Softcover, 244 pp. $24.95.
Song of the Outcasts: An Introduction to Flamenco
Flamenco has taken the world by storm in recent years. Experience
this traditional music and dance in this lively introductory book.
Included is a CD sampler of flamenco songs recorded in Andalusia. Softcover,
224 pp. $25.95.
The Performance Arts in Africa
This collection of 24 essays, divided into 4 themes (Theory, Performers
and performing, Voice, language and words, and Spectators, space
and time), is the first anthology on African performance with key
writings from many parts of the continent. This book will serve as an essential
guide for those new to the field and will be an indispensible resource for
those already familiar with African performance. Softcover, 364 pp. $45.95.
Flamenco: Gypsy Dance & Music from Andalusia
A comprehensive collection of essays from dedicated Flamencophiles, accurately tracing
the history and development of this dance form. Practical information for the performer
abounds as well. 176 pp. $19.95.
Toronto Dance Theatre: 1968-1998
Co-authoured with Nadine Saxton. The story of the Toronto Dance Theatre,
a journey of artistic triumphs, financial crises, and the struggle
for creative freedom. 191 pages. $26.95.
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