on 21 April 2005
Sylvie Guillem, in my opinion the most relevant female artist of today, has again pulled it off with this stunning "family album", correctly named Invitation. After "Sylvie Guillem" - the little book of photographs, which sold out completely in just a few weeks, it was clear that Guillem's fans were craving for more photographic details on the "artiste étoile".
With this new book, Guillem "invites" us to take a privileged seat and quietly realize her busy and most unusual life. Each photo, carefully picked, is in itself an isolated object that demands paused and profound contemplation. Her exquisite artistry oozes from every detail, every movement, and every second captured on film.
Also, important to mention and recognize, is the amazing talent of Gilles Tapie (French photographer) who has followed Guillem for many years, and because of whom this book was made possible. His work is raw and powerful at times, and gentle and almost ethereal at others. His unique view on Guillem is irreprehensible. Some of Guillem's self-portraits are also included on this book, and her amazing ability to push the limits a bit further is prominent in those particular captures.
Documents on the subject of Sylvie Guillem are rare, may they be taped or printed, and are mere peek holes over a much greater reality. But this time, Guillem has opened a wide window over herself, and the invitation to let us watch her is sincere. The book itself is huge and heavy (about 400 photos), a clear proof that Guillem was willing to show a lot, and surely delivers with this masterpiece.
Again, a rare view over Guillem's world which I consider absolutely essential!
on 7 September 2005
A unique book on a unique Ballerina! The photos say it all and the book tells the story of Sylvie Guillem.... No words are needed because no words can ever express what she is all about. Sylvie Guillem is unique, as is her book. The stunning photography captures Sylvie in all her glory,in all her simplicity and shows her many sides. To be so open and honest about herself reveals the true artist she is. No book has ever been published in this "grand" format, showing the great ballerina in different aspects of her live alongside objects she likes. A work of art in itself! A true collectors book!
on 27 April 2005
Normally when a book is described as heavy, it normally relates to the depth of the content. When this book is described as heavy, I am refering to the pure weight of this volume.
Whilst Uliana Lopatkina and Alina Cojacaru are the present darlings of the ballet set, Miss Guillem has a technique and grace that is unique, and is truly beautiful.
For a person that has been given the nickname of "Mademosielle Non", partly due to the way she has protected her image, the images in this book are both very open and honest. Many of the pictures show Miss Guillem stripped of the heavy stage makeup, and it reveals an incredible, and sometimes extremely vulnerable portrait.
The announcement of the Royal Ballet's 2005-6 schedule highlights how few chances many will have to witness the talent of Sylvie on the ROH stage, so this book becomes an even more essential purchase.
This is a wonderful record of the World's last true Diva, and I mean that as a compliment
on 29 April 2007
It is so rare nowadays to find a book of this quality. It is HUGE and filled ith the most beautiful photos which will appeal to lovers of dance and photography. It's also a very personal insight into a dancer who has always guarded her privacy.
Even if you are not a fan of Guillem - if you are interested in ballet and the art of dance and the dancer - this is a book you should not miss. If you are a fan of Guillem, you will be in heaven!
I have been collecting books on ballet and dancers for decades - this is the BEST in terms of photos and insight.
An exceptional book. Price wise - it is so little money for what you get. Sturdy bookshelf required!