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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book if you like classical dance
If you love ballet and you are interested in it's history, this is the book for you. It's a big meal to digest in one go but can be read in sections. I am reading bits again.
Published 18 months ago by Patricia Mary Schon

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1.0 out of 5 stars Funny because MacMillan's "Rite of Spring" is hardly innovative or ...
This is indeed "a history of ballet". The chapter on Europe titled "The British Moment" is a joke. In it the author writes about the ENTIRE post-war EUROPEAN ballet!!! Americans are usually ethnocentric and this is proof of their cultural limitations. She is also quite dismissive of Maurice Bejart. Funny because MacMillan's "Rite of Spring" is hardly innovative or...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Funny because MacMillan's "Rite of Spring" is hardly innovative or ..., 18 July 2014
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This is indeed "a history of ballet". The chapter on Europe titled "The British Moment" is a joke. In it the author writes about the ENTIRE post-war EUROPEAN ballet!!! Americans are usually ethnocentric and this is proof of their cultural limitations. She is also quite dismissive of Maurice Bejart. Funny because MacMillan's "Rite of Spring" is hardly innovative or original after you watch Bejart's created a few years before. Post-war European ballet was a lot more fruitful than what is shown in her narrative. And actually so was British ballet. She totally ignores "Ballet Theatre". Funny because post-war ballet is "ballet theatre" all over Europe AND the US. The chapter on New York ballet is almost exclusively dedicated to ABT and NYCB. Bad, terrible. The really innovative American choreographers of the 20th century are totally ignored -Nikolais, Twarp, Cunningham, etc. An easy to read (an easy to sell) book, but hardly a definitive history of ballet. Considering that Americans and Brits don't translate much, and never did, there lies many more histories of ballet in other European languages which are a lot less ethnocentric than this one! Learn languages! Your choice. Alternatively a MUCH BETTER survey of Ballet since the 16th century is offered by a much better professional historian - Susan Au - "Ballet and Modern Dance"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book if you like classical dance, 4 Jan 2013
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If you love ballet and you are interested in it's history, this is the book for you. It's a big meal to digest in one go but can be read in sections. I am reading bits again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hisory of Ballet Book, 29 July 2013
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Delivered before the stated date, and in excellent condition, my daughter loves the book, but it is not realy for a 12 year old
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 20 Jan 2012
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Great book, very comprehensive, about how ballet was developed throughout time and countries. I recommend it to all ballet lovers interested in how ballet was created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ideal read for my two left feet, 18 Jun 2012
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apollo's angels a history of ballet by jennifer homans I admit i have seen a handful of operas on TV but never seen a ballet at all so knew nothing about ballet but aware of who margot fontyn had been interesting and concise ballet lovers guide from origins of ballet in 17th century french court dance through to the nineteenth century with its early swan lakes and giselle leaps and jumps and on to Russian ballet and a large section on modern dance a beginning for me recommend to fans
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