[Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, p2011.
19 sound discs (22 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Read by Kirsten Potter.
Jennifer Homans brings a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. She traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clean, clear prose, drawing listeners into the intricacies of the art with vivid descriptions of dances and the artists who made them. Her admiration and love for the ballet shines through.
Masters and traditions -- France and the classical origins of ballet. Kings of dance ; The Enlightenment and the story ballet ; The French Revolution in ballet ; Romantic illusions and the rise of the ballerina ; Scandinavian orthodoxy : the Danish style ; Italian heresy : pantomime, virtuosity, and Italian ballet -- Light from the East : Russian worlds of art. Tsars of dance : imperial Russian classicism ; East goes West : Russian Modernism and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ; Left behind? : Communist ballet from Stalin to Brezhnev ; Alone in Europe : the British moment ; The American century I : Russian beginnings ; The American century II : The New York scene -- The masters are dead and gone.
9781452631080 (lib. ed.)
1452631085 (lib. ed.)