Balanchine: A Biography

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Written with wit, insight, and candor, Balanchine is a book that will delight lovers of biography as well as those with a special interest in dance. For this edition the author has added a thoughtful yet dramatic account of the working out of Balanchine's legacy, from the making of his controversial will to the present day. The author explores the intriguing legal, financial, and institutional subplots that unfolded after the death of the greatest choreographer of the century, but the central plot of his epilogue is the aesthetic issue: In the absence of their creator, can the ballets retain their wondrous vitality? Taper illuminates the fascinating transmission of Balanchine's masterworks from one generation to another, an unprecented legacy in the history of ballet, that most evanescent of the arts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206397
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 413
  • Sales rank: 1,429,524
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Bernard Taper is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword vii
Chapter 1 Choreographer in His Element 3
Chapter 2 Childhood in Russia 25
Chapter 3 Monkey-A Student 37
Chapter 4 First Choreography 53
Chapter 5 Ballet Master to Diaghilev 75
Chapter 6 Apollo and Prodigal Son 97
Chapter 7 Rootless Years 123
Chapter 8 But First a School 147
Chapter 9 An Ace Job on the Terp Angle 177
Chapter 10 Second Beginnings 203
Chapter 11 God Creates, Woman Inspires, and Man Assembles 239
The Making of Agon-A Photo Essay 264
Chapter 12 Come Back, Come Back, Come Back 273
Chapter 13 The Essential Tradition 291
Chapter 14 What's the Matter with Now? 295
Chapter 15 At Seventy 329
Chapter 16 An Appetite for Renewal 351
Chapter 17 The Last Year 381
Epilogue: Choreographing the Future 399
Appendix 419
Photo Credits 448
Index 449
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