Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

by Jennifer Homans
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Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

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For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo’s Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever written—is a groundbreaking work. From ballet’s origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France’s Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as Entertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and sure-footed agility to the page.”

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • LOS ANGELES TIMES • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812968743
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 136,811
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Homans was a professional dancer trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and The School of American Ballet. She performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Currently the dance critic for The New Republic, she has written for The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, and The Australian. She earned her B.A. at Columbia University and her Ph.D. in modern European history at New York University, where she is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

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Maikataot4 More than 1 year ago
It didn't take more than just the introduction to get me excited about this book. Though I never danced at the same level as Ms. Homans, I studied ballet for 11 years, and briefly taught ballet and lyrical dance until my back gave out. Her introduction discusses how ballet is passed on through the memories of one generation of dancers to the next - exactly as I used to explain to my students. She puts into words what I have always felt about ballet in my heart, muscles and bones. She has put together a history of the dance that was sorely needed, written by someone that has experienced it intimately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was an awsome book
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TedMorgan More than 1 year ago
This is a work of savor with repeated reading and leisurely transit. The history is comprehensive and informed on many levels. I did a fast initial read but I am now reading it slowly. I am learning more about something I very much enjoyed during my youth. I will write another review later.
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Brenda Crespo More than 1 year ago
i developed a passion for ballet when i was ten so this was a perfect
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