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Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
Homans, Jennifer,
ISBN: 9781862079502
Granta Publications, London, 2010. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Near Fine Condition/Near Fine. First Edition. First impression. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 643 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. This book is available and ready to be shipped.. 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." Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Dance; United States; Theatre & Plays. ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9781862079502. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 6792. This book weighs over one kilogram, and may involve extra shipping charges if posted to some countries.. Near Fine Condition
Price: $21.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 6792  Bookseller: Colin Hopkins
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Different Drummer: The Life of Kenneth MacMillan
Parry, Jann,
ISBN: 9780571243037
Faber & Faber, London, 2010. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Near Fine Condition/. First Edition. First impression. Size: Octavo 8vo (standard book size). 758 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. This book is currently IN STOCK and would be shipped directly from our Australian address.. A real-life Billy Elliot from a Scottish working class family, MacMillan demonstrated a prodigious talent for dancing from an early age. Paradoxically he found himself crippled by stage-fright during the height of his professional career, leaving him with only one option - choreography. He went on to produce ballets which defied convention and became renowned for challenging audiences. Despite criticism, MacMillan achieved international acclaim, becoming artistic director of both the Berlin Ballet and the Royal Ballet. On a personal level he found unexpected happiness with his wife and daughter in the later stages of his life, making it all the more tragic when he died suddenly at the age of 62. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Dance. ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9780571243037. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3497. Near Fine Condition
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 3497  Bookseller: Colin Hopkins
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Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing
Al-Rawi, Rosina-Fawzia B.,
ISBN: 9781566563024
Interlink Pub Group Inc, New York, 1999. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition (ex-library)/Very Good. First Edition. First Impression. Size: 8vo Octavo (standard book size). 158 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust jacket has it's plastic cover intact which has left this library book in very good condition.. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. Minor water damage to the front endpapers and the top of the text block . Ex-library book with usual marks, stickers & stamps however the text is largely unmarked and in very good condition throughout.. This book is available and will be shipped within two business days. All items are tracked and details are available on request. . Come, sit next to me, says Grandmother. Take this chalk in your hand. Now draw a dot and concentrate all your energy into this one dot. It is the beginning and the end, the navel of the world. So Fawzia Al-Rawi describes her grandmother's first lesson about the ancient craft of Oriental dance. Grandmother's Secrets always circles back to this grandmother and this young girl, echoing the circular movements of the dance itself. Al-Rawi has written a strikingly graceful and original book that blends personal memoir with the history and theory of the dance known in the West as belly dancing. It is the story of a young Arab girl as she is initiated into womanhood. It is a history of the dance from the earliest times through the days of the Pharoahs, the Roman Empire, to the Arab world of the last three centuries. It is a personal investigation into the effects of the dance's movements on individual parts of the body and the whole psyche. It is a guide to the actual techniques of the dance for those who are inspired to put down the book and move. Al-Rawi conveys in this book not only the history and technique of grieving and mourning dances, pregnancy and birth dances, but the spirit of these age-old rituals, and their possibilities for healing and empowering women today. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Dance; History. ISBN: 156656302x. ISBN/EAN: 9781566563024. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 5211. Good Condition (ex-library)
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 5211  Bookseller: Colin Hopkins
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Irina: Ballet, Life and Love
Boronova, Irina,
ISBN: 9780670028481
Viking, Melbourne, 2005. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. First impression. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 534 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without significant tears or chips or other damage. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. This book is available and ready to be shipped.. Choreographer George Balanchine discovered her. Yul Brynner romanced her. Genius artists designed sets and costumes for her. She danced for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Adolf Hitler and Josef Goebbels--who introduced themselves backstage. This memoir by the elegant octogenarian Irina Baranova celebrates a remarkable life in the arts. Despite their circumstances, Irina's mother managed ballet lessons for her daughter and the family moved to Paris, where Irina debuted with the Paris Opera at age 12. Spotted by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, she was selected for the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo at age 13 and toured more than 100 cities around the world. Her husband, London theatrical agent Cecil Tennant, introduced her to a "who's who" of the stage and screen. Her funny and moving memoir is not merely the story of a starry life but also about her remarkable instinct for surviving wars, heartbreak, and loss and her fulfillment as a wife and mother of three. Featuring beautiful photos and memorabilia from the world of dance, stage, and screen as well as a foreword by leading British dance critic Clement Crisp, this book will appeal to readers with a passion for the arts and life. She died in 2008 in Byron Bay. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Dance; Russia; Biography & Autobiography. ISBN: 0670028487. ISBN/EAN: 9780670028481. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 6892. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 6892  Bookseller: Colin Hopkins
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Margot Fonteyn: Autobiography
Fonteyn, Margot,
ISBN: 9780491018647
W.H. Allen, London, 1975. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. First Impression . Size: 8vo Octavo (standard book size). 284 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is not price clipped and in excellent condition. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. The front endpapers consist of a inscription of the owner dated 1975. In addition that owner has written a fascinating letter to her granddaughter in 2002 and presented her with book. . This book is available and ready to be shipped from our local warehouse. Postage quoted is for a standard format octavo book. Final charges may vary depending on size and weight.. The autobiography one of of the world's greatest dancers. The narrative of Fonteyn the dancer, with accounts of her three great partnerships, with Robert Helpmann, Michael Somes and Rudolf Nureyev, is interwoven with the story of Fonteyn the woman, whose emotional life centred on Tito Arias. The book gives a unique angle on 20th century ballet. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Britain/UK; Dance. ISBN: 0491018649. ISBN/EAN: 9780491018647. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 6380. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 6380  Bookseller: Colin Hopkins
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