Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time

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(Limelight). A critic and writer on dance for well over twenty years, Barbara Newman has gone in search of teachers and coaches, directors, choreographers and stagers former dancers who had turned the focus of their own experience on others to explain the state of ballet today. Among leaders of the dance world the author interviewed were Suki Schorer, Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris, Violette Verdy and 14 other artists whose work she knew and respected, most of them active outside of New York and London. Newman is not interested in dance as an

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Overview

(Limelight). A critic and writer on dance for well over twenty years, Barbara Newman has gone in search of teachers and coaches, directors, choreographers and stagers former dancers who had turned the focus of their own experience on others to explain the state of ballet today. Among leaders of the dance world the author interviewed were Suki Schorer, Helgi Tomasson, Mark Morris, Violette Verdy and 14 other artists whose work she knew and respected, most of them active outside of New York and London. Newman is not interested in dance as an aesthetic abstraction, and the people who answered her questions were not speaking theoretically. On the contrary, her speculation and their responses bring an elusive subject down to earth, illuminating a process that reaches back in history and forward to today, though its dreams are of a world no one can imagine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879109950
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 480

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 17
In the Classroom 23
Suki Schorer, School of American Ballet 41
Kathryn Wade, English National Ballet School 57
Marc du Bouays, Paris Opera Ballet School 81
Anne Marie Vessel, Royal Danish Ballet School 97
On the Job 113
Maina Gielgud 141
Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet 163
David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet 179
Francia Russell, Pacific Northwest Ballet 197
In Creation and Revival 209
Mark Morris 233
Jean-Pierre Frohlich 265
Shelley Washington 281
Yuri Fateyev 301
In the Details 314
Sorella Englund 333
Violette Verdy 347
Irina Kolpakova 357
In the Studio 367
Margaret Mercier 387
Robert Denvers 399
Violette Verdy 419
Richard Thomas 441
Postscript 461
Endnotes 467
Index 475
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