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Title Apollo's angels [electronic resource] : a history of ballet / Jennifer Homans.
Author Homans, Jennifer.
Publication New York : Random House, [2010]
Copyright date ©2010
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (xxv, 643 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color).
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Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [551]-612) and index.
Contents Masters and traditions -- France and the classical origins of ballet. Kings of dance ; The Enlightenment and the story ballet ; The French Revolution in ballet ; Romantic illusions and the rise of the ballerina ; Scandinavian orthodoxy : the Danish style ; Italian heresy : pantomime, virtuosity, and Italian ballet -- Light from the East : Russian worlds of art. Tsars of dance : imperial Russian classicism ; East goes West : Russian Modernism and Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ; Left behind? : Communist ballet from Stalin to Brezhnev ; Alone in Europe : the British moment ; The American century I : Russian beginnings ; The American century II : The New York scene -- The masters are dead and gone.
Summary Unique among the arts, ballet has no written texts or standardized notation. It is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. A ballerina dancing today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed. 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. Jennifer Homans, a historian and critic who was also a professional dancer, traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clear prose, drawing readers into the intricacies of the art with vivid descriptions of dances and the artists who made them.--From publisher description.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Ballet -- History.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Homans, Jennifer. Apollo's angels. 1st ed. New York : Random House, c2010 9781400060603 (DLC) 2010006945 (OCoLC)515405940
ISBN 9780679603900 (electronic bk.)
0679603905 (electronic bk.)

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