The Dancer Within: Intimate Conversations with Great Dancers

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The Dancer Within is a collection of photographic portraits and short essays based on confessional interviews with forty dancers and entertainers, many of them world famous. Well-known on the concert stage, Broadway, in Hollywood musicals, and on television, the personalities featured in this book speak with extraordinary candor about all stages of the dancer's life - from their first dance class to their signature performances and their days of reflection on the artist's life. The Dancer Within reveals how these artists triumphed, but also how they overcame adversity, including self-doubt, injuries, and aging. Most of all, this book is about the courage, commitment, love, and passion of these performers in their quest for artistic excellence. The reader will quickly realize that "the dancer within" is a metaphor of the human spirit.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Photographer and author Eichenbaum trains her lens on 40 dancers in this collection of photographs, short essays and interviews. She covers a wide range of artists, from the worlds of Hollywood, Broadway, ballet and modern dance. While some, such as Rasta Thomas and Ethan Stiefel, are young, most are veterans-Rita Moreno, Cynthia Gregory, Liza Minnelli and Dudley Williams. Despite a certain level of fawning (to Mitzi Gaynor: "Mitzi, you've still got it"; to Russ Tamblyn: "You look almost exactly as you did in West Side Story"), the dancers mostly transcend this with thoughtful comments. The section on Mikhail Baryshnikov is peculiar, relating Eichenbaum's failed pursuit of an interview and the restrictions placed on her photographing the star. And there are some glaring omissions-no Balanchine ballerinas? So few young dancers? Still, there's a constant refrain that links the disparate artists together, summarized succinctly by Jean Butler, star of Riverdance: "At the end of the day, I just want to dance." This is recommended for dance aficionados. 40 b&w illus. (June)

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Library Journal

Eichenbaum, who previously profiled choreographers in Masters of Movement, here presents conversations with and photographs of 40 dancers. They come from various dance areas including ballet (Jacques d'Amboise), modern (Eiko and Koma), Hollywood (Leslie Caron), and Broadway (Joel Grey). The interviews are short (four to five pages) and are accompanied by a black-and-white portrait. Eichenbaum and her subjects explore a dancer's early life, training, feelings during performance, professional and life choices, aging, and legacy. Mitzi Gaynor calls dancers "the pylons of the theater," and Shirley MacLaine considers them "artistic soldiers." Rita Moreno reflects upon the joy of getting a truly great Latina role (Anita in West Side Story) during an era when Latina roles barely existed. Mikhail Baryshnikov proves elusive to Eichenbaum: she gets a photo but no interview. Russ Tamblyn surmises, "I don't think most people really know what an artist is. You only know when you become one-when you find your voice and see the world differently." Eichenbaum's compilation is filled with interesting insights from a dancer's perspective and captures the artistic sensibility. It also provides a window for YAs into the art and profession of dance. Recommended for all libraries.
—Barbara Kundanis

From the Publisher
“Eichenbaum’s disarmingly simple questions are clearly based on research about each actor’s work, and the results are not standard-issue interviews.”—Leonard Malton, Movie Crazy

“Getting into the psyche of an actor is not an easy task. Rose Eichenbaum succeeds admirably with an open mind and probing questions and the a delightful book consisting of interviews with 35 talented personalities that will keep your interest from cover to cover.”—Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819568809
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 516,689
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ROSE EICHENBAUM is an award-winning photographer and author of Masters of Movement: Portraits of America’s Great Choreographers (2004). Her work has appeared in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and the Los Angeles Times, and her photographs are featured in a Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, The Dancer Within, opening in April 2008. She lives in Encino, California. ARON HIRT-MANHEIMER is the author and editor of numerous articles, magazines, and books. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Editor’s Note
Barrie Chase
Ethan Stiefel
Leslie Caron
Fernando Bujones
Leonard Crofoot
Cynthia Gregory
Jacques d’Amboise
Dudley Williams
Mary Hinkson
Bill Evans
Brenda Bufalino
Chet Walker
Donna McKecknie
Mitzi Gaynor
Joe Tremaine
Chita Rivera
Russ Tamblyn
Rita Moreno
Natalia Makarova
Shirley MacLaine
Mikhail Baryshnkiov
Liza Minnelli
Joel Grey
Ben Vereen
Lori Belilove
Rasta Thomas
Marine Jahan
Robert La Fosse
Gemze de Lappe
James Mitchell
Paula Kelly
Martine van Hamel
Desmond Richardson
Jean Butler
Peter Boal
Marge Champion
Eiko and Koma
Julio Bocca
Mr. Wiggles
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