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101 Stories of the Great Ballets: The Scene-by-Scene Stories of the Most Popular Ballets, Old and New

Stories of the Great Ballets The Scene by Scene Stories of the Most Popular Ballets Old and New Authored by one of the ballet s most respected experts this volume includes scene by scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets as performed by the world s leading dance c

  • Title: 101 Stories of the Great Ballets: The Scene-by-Scene Stories of the Most Popular Ballets, Old and New
  • Author: George Balanchine Francis Mason
  • ISBN: 9780385033985
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Authored by one of the ballet s most respected experts, this volume includes scene by scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world s leading dance companies Certain to delight long time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet.

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    1 thought on “101 Stories of the Great Ballets: The Scene-by-Scene Stories of the Most Popular Ballets, Old and New

    1. This book is a great expansion of knowledge about the great ballets. Once you have read the entire book, you realize how many ballets that you were unaware of. Which is really cool to discover and is a great challenge with some ballet words. I would recommend a ballet dictionary to help you, just in case. I would definitely recommend it to a friend that is interested in a ballet informational book!

    2. This book was obviously written for serious balletomanes and dancers, as some bits will be hard to follow unless you understand dance terminology. As a dancer myself, I find it really useful. You get spare, clean plot paraphrases with a decided lack of the busy pink illustrations so common in books of this nature. My complaint, however, is that there is a lot of page space given to obscure then-modern ballets not often performed today. It doesn't contain many of the older ballets brought up in d [...]

    3. Ahh, ballet. My love. I've been looking for a book like this for so long- the stories of ballets. This book is a compilation of just that, from Cinderella to Symphonic Variations, Billy the Kid to Who Cares? and all in between. It also has some notes on the construction of the ballet, reviews and the like.Of course, this is now very outdated. It was last updated in the early 70s. It could most definitely do with a revision, or at least another edition. Or perhaps somebody else could release anot [...]

    4. I was so young when I read (most of) it, but I was taking ballet at the time and it was given to me as a gift. Some holes in my stories were evident as I tried to tell my son Joseph what was going on, during what part, that I resolved to reread. I will be ready when he is (to sit still that long).

    5. I wish someone would update this book -- it is wonderful, but shows its age. So many ballets have either added or dropped since it was last revised. Still a fun read -- and yes, I have read each and every one. (I'm a dork.) = )

    6. Unsurprising considering Balanchine was one of the authors this book focused mainly on his ballets and did not provide the detailed stories I was hoping for about some of the major classical works or the modern works of other companies.

    7. When you need to know the story behind a ballet, this is the book to turn to. An enjoyable read, but I used it only as a reference for a number of years before actually picking it up and reading it cover to cover.

    8. There wasn't really a point to this book. If you love ballet, it's probably not for the plots of the stories they're based on.

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