Mirrors and Scrims: The Life and Afterlife of Ballet

Mirrors and Scrims: The Life and Afterlife of Ballet

by Marcia B. Siegel
     
 

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In this stunning new collection of reviews and essays, dance critic Marcia B. Siegel grapples with both the floating identity of ballet and particular ballets, as well as the expanding environment of spectacle in which ballet competes for an audience. Drawn from a wide variety of published sources, these writings concentrate on canonical works of ballet and how the

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In this stunning new collection of reviews and essays, dance critic Marcia B. Siegel grapples with both the floating identity of ballet and particular ballets, as well as the expanding environment of spectacle in which ballet competes for an audience. Drawn from a wide variety of published sources, these writings concentrate on canonical works of ballet and how the performances of these works have been changing in significant ways. The volume includes over one hundred pieces on a variety of ballet topics, from specific dances and dancers to companies and choreographers, ranging from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Nijinsky, Balanchine, Tharp, and Morris to the Bolshoi, the Joffrey, the Miami City Ballet, the Boston Ballet, and the New York City Ballet.

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"A noble collection of probing dance criticism."—Lisa Jo Sagolla, Back Stage magazine

“Her writings on Balanchine, especially her effort/shape analysis of his Serenade, and her remembrance of the dance critic and poet Edwin Denby are, by themselves, worth the price of the book—which, for me, is the best she’s published to date.” —Miday Aloff, Dance Magazine

“As a critic, Siegel excels not only for her exposition of the dances, but also for her insight into the implications carried by ballet's changing form. … Her reviews are intelligent and thoughtful, and she often muses on the future of the art, the idiosyncratic influences of its practitioners and the roles of the audience in shaping it Her reviews are easy to read and she deftly leads us by the hand, gesturing to salient elements of pivotal works that have evolved ballet in new and exciting ways.”—Peter DeVries, Dance International

"Siegel's comfort with her subject reveals itself in these articulate, critically aware, thoughtful reflections. Highly recommended." —T.K. Hagwood, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819569264
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Colton
“In Marcia Siegel’s extraordinary new book we see how our experience of ballet is shaped over time. Ballets, from their creation to revival, critical response to influence, begin to occupy a space much greater than any particular performance. Siegel writes on dance with a remarkable multiplicity of perspectives and invites the reader’s own thoughts into the mix. The results are that the history of dance forms anew in our minds and our capacity for seeing has been enriched. Reading Mirrors and Scrims is a dazzling, even Proustian experience.”
Lynn Garafola
“This remarkable collection reconfirms Marcia B. Siegel’s stature as one of our most penetrating observers of dance. Ranging from Diaghilev to Balanchine, Forsythe, and Tharp, it masterfully explores issues of history, reinvention, and artistic change in the world of twentieth-century ballet, while evoking memorable artists and performances.”

Meet the Author

MARCIA B. SIEGEL is the author of six books, including Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance (2006), Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey (1987), and the classic study The Shapes of Change: Images of American Dance (1979). She has been a resident faculty member at New York University and is an internationally known lecturer and workshop leader.

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