Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time

Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time

by Barbara Newman

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Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time by Barbara Newman

(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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879109950
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 11/28/2003
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments5
Introduction17
In the Classroom23
Suki Schorer, School of American Ballet41
Kathryn Wade, English National Ballet School57
Marc du Bouays, Paris Opera Ballet School81
Anne Marie Vessel, Royal Danish Ballet School97
On the Job113
Maina Gielgud141
Helgi Tomasson, San Francisco Ballet163
David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet179
Francia Russell, Pacific Northwest Ballet197
In Creation and Revival209
Mark Morris233
Jean-Pierre Frohlich265
Shelley Washington281
Yuri Fateyev301
In the Details314
Sorella Englund333
Violette Verdy347
Irina Kolpakova357
In the Studio367
Margaret Mercier387
Robert Denvers399
Violette Verdy419
Richard Thomas441
Postscript461
Endnotes467
Index475

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