Format:
Book
Call Number:
B H182H 2017
Author:
Hallberg, David, author.
Title:
A body of work : dancing to the edge and back / David Hallberg.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
Description:
424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New York Times described as "the foremost classical stylist of our day," presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood--an all-American story marred by intense bullying--and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg's brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the world's most acclaimed ballet dancers. While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily class, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new interpretations of ballet's greatest roles. He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to join the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by the artistic director who would later be the victim of a vicious acid attack. Then, as Hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling ankle injury and unsuccessful surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life. Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom"-- Provided by publisher.
Subjects:
Hallberg, David.
Ballet dancers -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Classical & Ballet.
Ballet dancing.
Notes:
Includes index.
LCCN:
2017031000
ISBN:
9781476771151 (hardback)
1476771154
* 9781476771175
9781476771168 (trade paperback)
Other Number:
975364941
Copies Owned:
4
Current Holds:
0
Items Available:
4