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A Dance [Hardcover]

Alexander Barabanov
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17 Mar 2011

Alexander Barabanov, a key figure in the Russian dance world, has sifted through many thousands of photographs of dance to accumulate an extraordinary collection of pictures, ranging from historical ballet photographs to shocking avant-garde imagery.

This work has been collected and edited to form an astonishing sequence. Rather than being assembled as an anthology, the sequence has in fact been 'choreographed' so the book is constructed to form a dance in ten movements. It begins with creation myths, follows erotic engagements and leads to a series of mass movements in the modern age. It includes such gems as the young Nureyev's first performance with the Kirov and Baryshinikov's debut as well as images with brutal reference to Abu Ghraib or the march of fascism.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224085115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224085113
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 29.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An extraordinary photographic record of dance through history - structured and 'choreographed' to form a dance in ten movements

About the Author

Alexander Barabanov is a leading authority on dance who lives in Moscow and London. He opened a gallery for new Russian art in London and is currently an adviser on the Diaghilev centenary events in Moscow.

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4.0 out of 5 stars dance photography 11 May 2011
Brabanov has made his selection after years of research in the archives of Paris, St.Petersburg,Milan etc. His focus is less on dance, more on the photograph as the art-form. However, photography is the most appropriate medium for capturing dance movement, whether using fast or slow shutter speed. Unfortunately there is an absence of mainstream 20th/21st.cent.ballet and contemporary dancers, since he is more interested in the nature of the photograph than dance per se(hence 4 stars). There are a few traditional static poses of Mata Hari, Pavlova and Nijinsky in 'Le Spectre de la Rose (although Meyer's of him in L'Apres-midi d'un Faun are superior yet omitted). A wide range of photographers are represented: the colourful sfumato(blurring) of de Rose;the technical perfection of Bill Cooper;the surreal effects of Manuel Vason; the humour of Denis Darzacq; the visceral impact of Pascal Geli and the disturbingly political work of Clinton Fein. The freeze-frame technique of Lois Greenfield and Nina Alovert, suspending dancers in mid-air,is fun,aesthetic and impressive, like a well-airborne Baryshnikov sailing out of the frame. The wide range of choreographers includes Bejart, Petit, Bergman, Forsythe, Van Manen and Vinogradov with images of statuesquely paired dancers. Pina Bausch's vibrant and saucy beach scene with its clever use of towels is playful. Preljokaj and Gallotta create arresting and ambiguous compositions with piles of naked bodies. Matthew Bourne and Mats Ek give a refreshing slant on 'Swan Lake' with male swans, large,bald and wearing tutus in the case of Ek. And Trisha Brown has dancers apparently defying gravity. Read more ›
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