Prodigal Son: Dancing for Balanchine in a World of Pain and Magic

Overview

A leading advocate for the arts in America and recent recipient of the 1997 National Medal of the Arts, the 1997 Kennedy Center Honors, and the George Abbott Carbonell Award for Achievement, Edward Villella was recently inducted into the State of Florida Artist Hall of Fame.  Villella also received the Frances Holleman Breathitt Award for Excellence for his contributions to the arts and to education, the thirty-eighth annual Capezio Dance Award, and Award for Lifetime Achievement, becoming only the fourth ...

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Overview

A leading advocate for the arts in America and recent recipient of the 1997 National Medal of the Arts, the 1997 Kennedy Center Honors, and the George Abbott Carbonell Award for Achievement, Edward Villella was recently inducted into the State of Florida Artist Hall of Fame.  Villella also received the Frances Holleman Breathitt Award for Excellence for his contributions to the arts and to education, the thirty-eighth annual Capezio Dance Award, and Award for Lifetime Achievement, becoming only the fourth dance personality to receive National Endowment for the Arts advisory artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, which has won worldwide acclaim under his direction.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A welcome addition to Balanchine chronicles. Frank, fair, earthy, direct . . . A true prodigal, Villella emerges triumphant from Balanchine’s unique academy of hard knocks.”
—Publishers Weekly

"Villella appears as his immensely talented, intelligent, self-absorbed, and opinionated self: a clear-eyed account of a most remarkable career in a remarkable time."
—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dancer Villella's frank, earthy autobiography also offers a portrait of his mentor, the choreographer George Balanchine. Photos. (Feb.)
Booknews
The reminiscences of Villela, who spent over 20 years with the New York City Ballet under the legendary Balanchine. He discusses his formative years, his introduction to ballet, and the battles he had with and the respect he had for "Mr. B." Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956662
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Dance Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 946,749
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Villella  is America's most celebrated male dancer, associated with many of the greatest roles in the New York City Ballet repertory.

Larry Kaplan is a frequent contributor to Ballet Review and has written in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

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