Bluffer's Guide to Ballet: Bluff Your Way in Ballet

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The best advice to offer anyone with a mental block about ballet is that they should just sit back and enjoy it. Thinking at the ballet is not to be encouraged. The most frequent complaint heard about ballet is "I don't know what it means", said by people with the mistaken belief that anyone actually involved in the business does. Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant ...
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Overview

The best advice to offer anyone with a mental block about ballet is that they should just sit back and enjoy it. Thinking at the ballet is not to be encouraged. The most frequent complaint heard about ballet is "I don't know what it means", said by people with the mistaken belief that anyone actually involved in the business does. Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant expertise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903096260
  • Publisher: Can of Worms Enterprises LTD
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Bluffer's Guides Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Dodd has been involved with the ballet as critic, biographer, sometime agent, and general busybody for nearly 40 years. His brief experience as a manager of many of the ballet stars mentioned in this book confirmed the view that to cope with dancer's egos, you have to be a saint or a masochist. For light relief, he operates in the ultimate bluffing business--public relations.
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The Bluffer's Guide to Ballet


By Dodd, Craig

Oval Books

Copyright © 2003 Dodd, Craig
All right reserved.

ISBN: 190309626X

Petrouchka (sic)
Spell it how you like, was created in 1911 for Nijinsky. It provides a great central role always cast from company stars, when in fact it can be more effectively danced by a good character dancer. The Magician manipulates his puppets for the benefit of the audience, but when the curtain comes down the dramas of the triangular relationship of Petrouchka, Ballerina and Moor continue with tragic consequences. Just like life in the average ballet company.

Director come dancer
The Artistic director is usually a choreographer or dancer either retired or, quite often these days, still dancing. More often than not they are budding megalomaniacs who listen to no-one, ruining careers at whim, often under the mistaken belief they are helping them.

Bluffers should remember that the greatest artistic director was Diaghilev who did not choreograph, dance, design or compose. Nowadays companies cannot afford this luxury and actually expect some work from the director. Other than acting like a god, they usually make ballets or, if they are still dancing, hog the best roles for themselves.

From tutu much to tutu little
The rise of the ballerina is in direct proportion to the rise of her hemline. Note that the first true ballerina was Marie de Camargo at the beginning of the 18th century, and that when she raised the hem of her hooped dress to show off her nifty footwork, it was the first step in the upward rise of skirts, and therefore ballet.

Dresses then shortened to the romantic tutu the short classical tutu, painted body tights and eventually, in Nederlands Dans Theater's Mutations, vanished altogether.

Sirens of the stage
Ballet has been described as a dangerous art, very seductive and liable to arouse previously hidden emotions. It must be faced, ballet is a physical business and, to put it bluntly, sexual. Anyone who pretends they like a particular dancer purely for their arabesque is talking tosh. Looks come into it too, and those who say otherwise are being economical with the truth. A pretty face (on either sex) can make up for lots of technical faults. A brilliant technician, if less than moderately good looking, may have to battle the way to the top.


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Table of Contents

What Ballet Is 5
How to Enjoy Ballet 6
Mime 6
Name-calling 7
Who's Who 8
The Real VIPs 13
How to Translate a Ballet Review 15
Terrine de Ballet (Potted History) 17
Ballet at Court 17
Bring on the Ballerina 18
Men on Stage 18
The Romantic Era 19
Russian Revolt 20
Nijinskymania 21
Cocktail Time 21
A Dangerous Obsession 22
Ballet Makers 23
All-Time Greats 23
Modern Masters 31
Names to Drop 39
Ballet Companies (alphabetically) 42
American Ballet Theatre 44
Australian Ballet 50
Ballet de Marseille 53
Ballet Rambert/Rambert Dance Company 53
Berlin Ballet 55
Bolshoi, The 42
English National Ballet 49
Hamburg Ballet 56
Kirov, The 43
National Ballet of Canada 52
Nederlands Dans Theater 47
New York City Ballet 45
Nureyev and Friends 56
Paris Opera Ballet 52
Peter Schaufuss Balletten 55
Royal Ballet, The 45
Royal Danish Ballet 48
Royal New Zealand Ballet, The 51
Royal Swedish Ballet 54
Scottish Ballet 50
Stuttgart Ballet 54
Russian Roulette 57
Apres La Danse 57
Glossary 58
Characters 58
Ballet Terms 60
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