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Author Jacobs, Laura, author.

Title Celestial bodies : how to look at ballet / Laura Jacobs ; illustrations by Jessica Roux.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2018.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  792.8 JAC    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor  New Shelf  792.8 JAC    Available
 PAS Hastings Branch Non-Fiction  New Shelf  792.8 JAC    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description 252 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement, not words, and its history lies almost entirely abroad-in Russia, Italy, and France. In Celestial Bodies, dance critic Laura Jacobs makes the foreign familiar, providing a lively, poetic, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Combining history, interviews with dancers, technical definitions, descriptions of performances, and personal stories, Jacobs offers an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography. Jacobs begins with the most basic concepts, the five positions of the feet, before gradually leading us to the more complex and exciting ideas of dance-for example, using the Romantic ballet Giselle to discuss the two forms of energy present in ballet, Allegro and Adagio. Organized chronologically, Celestial Bodies presents an exhaustive history of the art's development through the last three centuries. Accessible to those who know little or nothing about classical dance, Celestial Bodies will also reach and enchant long-time ballet connoisseurs. Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated with original drawings, Celestial Bodies offers a comprehensive history and an essential guide to this celebrated art form for neophytes and devotees alike"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents First position first : the foundations of ballet -- The point of pointe -- Reading the program : a glossary -- Tchaikovsky, godfather of ballet -- Arabesque, above all -- Thoughts on perfection -- She's alive! -- Round and round -- Sex and the single girl -- Ballet is woman,Pasadena record based on 9781542049702 but look at its men! -- To have and to hold ... and not to hold -- Ballerina : a civilization in a tutu.
Subject Ballet.
Ballet -- History.
ISBN 9780465098477 (hardback) $27.00
0465098479 : $27.00
9780465098484 (ebook)

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