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Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes [Anglais] [Broché]

Judith Mackrell

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Bloomsbury Ballerina The story of the splendidly unpredictable Russian dancer who ruffled the feathers of the Bloomsbury set and became the wife of John Maynard Keynes Full description

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 simply enchanting 7 mai 2010
Par joan allen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Any fan of The Red Shoes...any fan of the Ballets Russes of myth and memory...anyone with an interest in Bloomsbury...and anyone somewhat interested in the private lives of great men (everyone I should think) will want to read this wonderful evocation of the amazingly dramatic life of Lydia Lopokova -- a classically-trained Russian ballet star of the first rank. She started out dancing for the Czar and went on to dance for Diaghilev...and on tour for the American vaudeville stage, before transforming her life as the wife of John Maynard Keynes. Read her love letters to Keynes to see how a practiced charmer transformed a well-known Bloomsbury intellectual (with all that implies) into a loving and uxurious husband. Just a delightful book--especially so because totally unexpected.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extraordinary biography of an intriguing woman and an unusual marriage 21 août 2010
Par Astraea - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a balletomane and Bloomsbury devotee, I've always been curious about Lydia Lopokova, the Ballets Russes dancer who married John Maynard Keynes, the distinguished economist and member of the Bloomsbury literary-artistic circle. Normally little more than a footnote in Bloomsbury histories, she takes center stage here, in a warmly sympathetic and gracefully written biography. The author, a longtime ballet critic for the Guardian (the U.K. newspaper), has performed a prodigious feat of research to recreate Lopokova's early life in Russia and her many years on the road as an itinerant dancer veering from the luxuries of a star's salary to near penury. The wonderful thing is that Mackrell was able to sift through all these bits of information to create a fascinating narrative. (For those familiar with Bloomsbury, the book offers a frank view of Virginia Woolf -- acknowledged as a great novelist yet revealed as an often petty and deeply prejudiced person -- as well as of her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell.) Keynes, a homosexual who eventually seems to have renounced male encounters to be faithful to his wife, Lopokova, plays a secondary role in this book. But Mackrell includes enough information about his work and personality to give us a strong sense of a man who was energized by his wife's zest for life (and sex) and kept alive -- he was very careless about his health -- when he was most involved in key global economic issues by her devoted attention to his needs.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Richly evocative 15 août 2011
Par Catriona White - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book immensely! As a former ballet dancer and teacher, I was fascinated to come across this little-known ballerina, who turns out to have been not only an accomplished and famous dancer (in her time), but a fabulous personality, and someone whose career spanned many interesting eras in ballet, society, politics and economics. Here you have someone who trained at the Mariinsky at the end of the Petipa era, went on to dance with Diaghilev, and was instrumental in the founding of British Ballet and the Royal Ballet. In fact, although I have taught dance history in university courses many times, this book brought to life that little talked about period between Petipa and Diaghilev--the birth of modern ballet. Then of course there is the equally fascinating story of her relationship with John Maynard Keynes, and his with her--a wonderful and unlikely love story. Not to mention Bloomsbury.....This book is truly an intellectual and artistic feast! It is beautifully written, and I highly recommend it. I just finished it, and I already miss being a visitor to that time and place and those amazing people.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating 10 mai 2012
Par dc metro area - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is one of the best ballet biographies I have read. Lopokova was an exceptionally intriguing character, and the book is very educational from an historical perspective. The book is very well researched, although there is appropriate and reasonable speculation about certain details that are not documented. Her relationship with Keynes was puzzling and creates a great basis for a story. Yet the book is balanced in the amount of discussion devoted to Lopokova's professional and personal lives.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This incontrovertible narrative is truly remarkable, taking centre-stage. 15 octobre 2012
Par Lucinda - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lydia Lopokova. Unpredictable and impulsive, vivacious and charming she is one of the greatest Imperial Russian dancers ever known. This is the story of how a top Ballerina in the Diaghilev Company achieved international fame, starting from the very beginning of her life at the start of a career.
Lydia unexpectedly married British economist and Bloomsbury member John Maynard Keynes, thus linking Ballet with the Bloomsbury group including war and revolution. Encounters with Picasso and Virginia Woolf were a part of this dancer's extraordinary life and her leap to the top. This tale is about a captivating, fascinating woman who was not just eccentric but devoted to her husband and her career. This is an honest, insightful and fascinating account about a remarkable individual who will never be forgotten, for both her talent in the world of dance and her singular life that was full of color and spark. Judith Mackrell brings a much loved and cherished character from out of the wings into centre-stage, with such enthralling vigor that you loose yourself within her story whilst unable to put the book down. Lopokova is an important individual, who should be remembered and revered, and valued for the incredible person that she was. This masterpiece is a delightful biography of truth, well-researched detail and of such a high caliber that you can only commend it for being confidently told. Lopokova's life was encompassed by the beauty of ballet, the powerful Russian revolution and the Bloomsbury group who all impacted upon her direction in the paths that she chose to take. Skillfully and intricately woven this book combines both art and experiences to produce something so absorbing, that you are unable to turn your eyes from as you take the journey from the very beginning. This is a person who deserves to be under the spotlight once more and as a fan of hers I cannot thank the author enough for doing this. She greatly impacted upon the world of Classical Ballet, being an icon and an inspiration for many.
This fantastic book is adorned with photographs of Lydia, those distinctive people who had great impact in her life (such as her husband Maynard, Slavinsky and Woizikovsky and the Ballet Russes) and those photographs of her performing in various ballets and productions. It gives the reader a look at the Russian Ballet from its foundations and Diaghilev's (1872-1929) company that revolutionised early 20th-century arts and which continues to influence cultural activity today. Fans of dance and of history will love this biography, that should be treasured for years to come.
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