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Art Performs Life: Merce Cuningham/Meredith Monk/Bill T. Jones
Art Performs Life
Merce Cuningham/Meredith Monk/Bill T. Jones
Paperback      ISBN: 0935640568

Recogninzing the importance of performance in 20th century avant-garde art, this catalogue traces the careers of three artists who have each made a significant contribution to that history. Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk and Bill T. Jones.

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
Dancers Among Us
A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
Paperback      ISBN: 0761171703

The mystery of the body in motion. The surprise of seeing what seems impossible. And the pure, joyful optimism of it all. Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking--but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, a restaurant, a park. With each image the reader feels buoyed up, eager to see the next bit of magic.

Photographer Jordan Matter started his Dancers Among Us Project by asking a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company to dance for him in a place where dance is unexpected. So, dressed in a commuter's suit and tie, the dancer flew across a Times Square subway platform. And in that image Matter found what he'd been searching for: a way to express the feeling of being fully alive in the moment, unself-conscious, present.

Organized around themes of work, play, love, exploration, dreaming, and more, Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that's fresh, surprising, original, universal. There's no photoshopping here, no trampolines, no gimmicks, no tricks. Just a photographer, his vision, and the serendipity of what happens when the shutter clicks.

Inside Ballet Technique: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class
Inside Ballet Technique
Separating Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class
Paperback      ISBN: 0871271915

A Dance Book Club main selection, this guide offers a general explanation of anatomy, kinesiology, and technique for ballet dancers, students, and teachers.

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
Apollo's Angels
A History of Ballet
Paperback      ISBN: 0812968743

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

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, migr 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
The Magic Nut: A Prologue to The Nutcracker
The Magic Nut
A Prologue to The Nutcracker
Hardcover      ISBN: 8876243763

The Magic Nut is a new ballet "prequel" to E.T.A. Hoffman's holiday classic. Based on Hoffman's own work, The Story of a Hard Nut, Chemiakin's adaptation shows fans how the Nutcracker character itself came into being. In performance, The Magic Nut explores the heroic qualities of the boy who was turned into a nutcracker for his virtuous deeds. Here is the creation of the ballet, scene by scene, with detailed sketches of the sets, costumes, masks, and props created for the production in 2005. Chemiakin's working style could not be better fitted to fairy tales and the colorful drawings featured here will delight ballet fans, costume designers, students of theater, and art lovers alike.

Ballet Dancer (Foiled Journal)
Ballet Dancer (Foiled Journal)
Hardcover      ISBN: 178664164x

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features a beautiful ballet dancer.

A young ballet dancer performs in a beautiful dress. Professional ballet dancers must start intensive and demanding training from a very young age to be able to reach a proficient standard. They must work their way up from an Apprentice to a Principal Dancer over the course of their career, with the title of prima ballerina absoluta reserved for highly respected dancers that reach international acclaim.
Canadian Folk Dances
Canadian Folk Dances
Paperback      ISBN: 0769291228

With CD accompaniment, dance graphics, Orff and percussion arrangements plus cultural information. Useful for grades 2-7. Dances include: The Maple Leaf Stomp * Carding the Wool * The Prairie Circle. Songs include: Alouette * O Canada * En Roulant Ma Boul

Vital Grace: The Black Male Dancer
Vital Grace
The Black Male Dancer
Hardcover      ISBN: 3908161312
The Ballet Book: The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance
The Ballet Book
The Young Performer's Guide to Classical Dance
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0228100666

"This comprehensive guide... helps youngsters who love ballet to understand the hard work and commitment involved in classical dance training."
-- School Library Journal (of the first edition)

"A detailed, practical guide for serious ballet students... To balance collections heavy on colorful ballet books for browsers with stars in their eyes, here's a guide for ballet students who are ready to get down to work."
-- Booklist (of the first edition)

Prepared in conjunction with Canada's National Ballet School, The Ballet Book is the definitive instructional resource for children who are beginning to explore the possibilities and delights of ballet.

The Ballet Book is an inspirational motivator, an exceptional teaching aid, and an ideal companion for students. Now it has all-new photographs in color and a text more suited to contemporary young dancers.

The book illustrates in meticulous detail -- and through more than 100 photographs -- every position, step and pose involved in barre work, pointe work, alignment, classical ballet poses, attitudes, allegros, batteries, pirouettes and arabesques. Age-appropriate and comprehensive, it is a motivational guide, with information on deciding to dance; finding a teacher; musical accompaniment; finding the ideal studio; what to wear and grooming; positions, steps and poses; and exercises and nutrition. Historical highlights and modern opportunities complete this comprehensive book.

The Ballet Book is a strong guide for both boys and girls.

Out Loud: A Memoir
Out Loud
A Memoir
Hardcover      ISBN: 0735223076
From the most brilliant and audacious choreographer of our time, the exuberant tale of a young dancer's rise to the pinnacle of the performing arts world, and the triumphs and perils of creating work on his own terms--and staying true to himself

Before Mark Morris became "the most successful and influential choreographer alive" (The New York Times), he was a six year-old in Seattle cramming his feet into Tupperware glasses so that he could practice walking on pointe. Often the only boy in the dance studio, he was called a sissy, a term he wore like a badge of honor. He was unlike anyone else, deeply gifted and spirited.

Moving to New York at nineteen, he arrived to one of the great booms of dance in America. Audiences in 1976 had the luxury of Merce Cunningham's finest experiments with time and space, of Twyla Tharp's virtuosity, and Lucinda Childs's genius. Morris was flat broke but found a group of likeminded artists that danced together, travelled together, slept together. No one wanted to break the spell or miss a thing, because "if you missed anything, you missed everything." This collective, led by Morris's fiercely original vision, became the famed Mark Morris Dance Group.

Suddenly, Morris was making a fast ascent. Celebrated by The New Yorker's critic as one of the great young talents, an androgynous beauty in the vein of Michelangelo's David, he and his company had arrived. Collaborations with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yo-Yo Ma, Lou Harrison, and Howard Hodgkin followed. And so did controversy: from the circus of his tenure at La Monnaie in Belgium to his work on the biggest flop in Broadway history. But through the Reagan-Bush era, the worst of the AIDS epidemic, through rehearsal squabbles and backstage intrigues, Morris emerged as one of the great visionaries of modern dance, a force of nature with a dedication to beauty and a love of the body, an artist as joyful as he is provocative.

Out Loud is the bighearted and outspoken story of a man as formidable on the page as he is on the boards. With unusual candor and disarming wit, Morris's memoir captures the life of a performer who broke the mold, a brilliant maverick who found his home in the collective and liberating world of music and dance.