By Marcia B. Siegel
During this attractive new number of stories and essays, dance critic Marcia B. Siegel grapples with the floating id of ballet, in addition to specific ballets, and with the increasing setting of spectacle during which ballet competes for an viewers. Drawn from a large choice of released assets, those writings be aware of canonical works of ballet and the way the performances of those works were altering in major methods. Siegel writes with a prepared information of the background and mythology that encompass specific works, whereas closing aware of the recent ways that a piece is interpreted and re-presented through modern choreographers and dancers. via her readable and provocative writings, Siegel bargains serious perception into performances of the previous twenty-five years to provide us a brand new figuring out of ballet in functionality. the quantity comprises over 100 items on numerous ballet themes, from particular dances and dancers to businesses and choreographers, starting from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Nijinsky, Balanchine, Tharp, and Morris to the Bolshoi, the Joffrey, the Miami urban Ballet, the Boston Ballet, to call quite a few.