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February 19, 2013

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Thanks for telling us about these forthcoming books, Haglund. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they are an indication of a ballet revival such as that in the 60s and 70s when all those Russians were defecting and suddenly ballet dancers became celebrities. (Of course, speaking of Russian ballet celebrities, there can be too much of a good thing.)

A distinct difference between now and then is that hundreds of colleges and universities now have ballet departments, whereas back in the day modern was considered the only kind of dance worthy of academia, probably because of its connection to Greek mythology, via Martha Graham.

Additionally, it is not only acceptable, but virtually a given that ballet dancers will marry and have families, unlike the then-prevailing climate that was portrayed so tragically in The Red Shoes.

Never heard of Ivanova and I thought I knew about all of Mr. B's muses. The years in the early Soviet state are quite cloudy. He was apparently an artistic revolutionary, according to something I read in I REMEMBER BALANCHINE. Interesting, given his rep. of being "conservative."

BTW, I discovered something interesting about Tamara Geva. Her father was an apostate Muslim, who made a lot of money doing something in pre-rev. St. Petersburg, before the Revolution. Apostate or no, she was considered a non-Christian and thus could not go to the Imperial school until after the Revolution, when the school was nationalized & opened to minorities.

So, without the Revolution, Mr. B. would never have met Geva. Life is strange.

Thanks for compiling the list. There are 2-3 on it that I'll be definitely buying. Wasn't Lidia Ivanova the one who drowned and Balanchine blamed her death on nefarious Russian officials?

I believe you're correct, Genna. The description on the Amazon site mentions her "mysterious" death just before she and Balanchine were to leave Russia.

I just ordered the Pavlova book based on the incredible beauty of the cover. I may rip it off and put it in a picture frame.

The Balanchine one looks really interesting.

Agree about the Pavlova cover. Just gorgeous.

Here's another book that might be of interest that is coming out soon: "Facts and Fancies", a book of essays by Paul Taylor that the company mentioned yesterday on Twitter.

http://www.delphiniumbooks.com/factsandfancies.html

Thanks Catchip. Mr. Taylor is a very entertaining writer, and the price of his new book is pretty good. Maybe the book will be available for purchase during the PTDC Spring Season at Lincoln Center which starts in 12 days.

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