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Dancing On Water: A Life in Ballet, from the Kirov to the ABT (Anglais) Relié – 14 mai 2013

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17 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Exquisitely written historical account of interest in the dance world and far beyond 1 juillet 2013
Par Lucky Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I picked up this book because I was headed to Russia and wanted a taste of the country I was about to visit. I am not a dance person and honestly cannot appreciate ballet. But I LOVED this incredible gem of a book, and I can only imagine that would apply exponentially for someone who followed the ins and outs of the world of dance in these decades. This book is gorgeously written - the descriptions are so vivid and clever, they create a three-dimensional world and then linger in your mind pleasantly for time to come. The period covered, from the siege of Leningrad to the post-cold war period, is fascinating in and of itself, but told through the voice of someone who experienced it from both sides of the iron curtain is a first-person study in what the geopolitical events meant for real people. I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful the writing is - I found myself reading sentences over and over and marveling at the precise and creative use of words, which brought to life a world that I am completely unfamiliar with. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dance, history, Russia, life, art and most of all an absorbing read.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Must Reading for Ballet Lovers 23 octobre 2013
Par Giselle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
As a lover of ballet and an erstwhile ballet student, I loved every minute of this book. Mme. Tchernicheva gives us an intimate portrait of her life at the Vaganova Academy during the siege of Leningrad and her ultimate decision as an adult to leave the Soviet Union for the West. Unlike other more famous people, such as Nureyev, Makarova, and Baryshnikov, Tchernicheva chose not to become a performer but to share her talent and impeccable training to pass along the Russian legacy to others as a coach and director, while working to raise standards to the highest possible level. I lived through the years of which she writes, and was fascinated to read about the backstage world that we don't get to see as members of the audience. I didn't want the book to end.
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Dancing on Water 26 novembre 2013
Par Elf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I cannot put this book down. Even if you are not from a dance background, the author's life as she grows up in Russia is amazing. Page Turner. One of the best books that I have read in a long time.
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Don't let this wonderful view of the dance world pass you by. 13 octobre 2014
Par eledavf Vivian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
From first page to last this book carries the reader along. I personally could not put it down and was sorry when it ended.

Elena's start in life was nothing short of tragic. Raised in starving, war-ravaged Leningrad, she had a neurotic mother who became an alcoholic and committed suicide when Elena was still a child. Afterwards, her grandmother -- illiterate, the daughter of serfs -- coped as well as she could, but it was a mother and daughter from the great Vaganova ballet school who became Elena's salvation by urging her to study there.

In school and later at the Kirov Theater she encountered so many fabled performers with weaknesses, strengths and personalities of their own, individuals who will remain in your memory. Plisetskaya, whose features would reveal nothing during the most incredibly difficult performances, or Alla Shelest who was nervous as a cat before going on stage. Nureyev who refused to put himself out for a partner who would not go halfway to help him in the lifts, or Baryshnikov who would shrug and go along, if grudgingly, with the uncooperative partner. And Makarova with her dressing table crowded with religious icons for good luck. Then the never to be forgotten Ninel Kurgapkina....All those gods and goddesses of the dance.

Elena Tchernichova herself did not have their superhuman drive, their willingness to suffer limitlessly in striving to become a world-class dancer. Her true vocation was to teach others to dance on a world-class level. And to do that she had to suffer through the most rigorous course of ballet, the Russian school. Her career then took her to other parts of Russia including Odessa where she and her husband, a former leading dancer, directed the ballet program.

In time, more than a few stars and other practitioners of the art, including Tchernichova herself, renounced their citizenship and seized what opportunities they could in foreign lands. For some, like Alexander Godunov, the result was not always happy. The author's description of his defection is highly entertaining and I can verify its accuracy because the bizarre facts, played out in headlines and newscasts, remain vividly in my mind.

The book provides fascinating insights into the ballets themselves as well as the struggles and contentions that go into any production.

And of course not to be forgotten are the difficulties and risks that are part of a dancer's life. Among those risks are the fish-dive and the even more perilous double fish-dive which ballerinas fear. There are few moves as exciting in all of ballet and the particular example described in this book is proof beyond a doubt of the courage and incredible skill of these artists.

There is much wry humor in the book as well. The last paragraph in chapter twenty-four is hilarious. Cynthia Gregory and Patrick Bissell in Giselle. Cynthia runs screaming from the stage: "Never again!"

I am convinced there will never be a more authentic account of life in the dance world. Certainly there will never be a more interesting one.
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Best book of the ballet world that I have read 29 août 2014
Par C. Swisher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Beautiful glimpse of the backstage trials and tribulations of both the Mariinsky and ABT. Beautifully written, didn't want it to end.
The best book about the ballet world that I have read.
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