toursenlair Posted September 29, 2012 Share Posted September 29, 2012 Seeing as it's not long before we start wondering what to give our ballet-loving friends and relations, and even more importantly, what to say when our loved ones ask, "What do you want for Christmas?" (or perhaps, if they're not that direct, what broad hints to give), I thought it might be helpful if we suggested currently-in-print ballet books that we know and love. Here are my two suggestions: Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929 [Hardcover] Jane Pritchard (Editor), Geoffrey Marsh (Editor) This is the companion volume from the 2010 V&A exhibition and it's gorgeous. The quality of the colour reproduction is unusually high so you can really appreciate the vividness of all those Bakst (and others') designs. Robert Tewsley: Dancing beyond borders - Robert Tewsley: Tanz über alle Grenzen Iris Julia Buhrle This is a recent addition to the sadly disappearing genre of the Beautiful Ballet Book. It's coffee-table-book format, and very lavishly illustrated with many colour and black-and-white photos of Robert Tewsley, who danced with The National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, and the Royal Ballet, and has guested with many companies, including BRB. Text is in German and English. Great for fans of Robert Tewsley (obviously) but also if you want a book of beautiful ballet pictures of a true danseur noble or pictures of the major ballet rep. Major colour multi-page spreads of: Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias (with Sue Jin Kang) Bintley's Edward II (with Robert Gravenor) MacMillan's Mayerling (with Vienna State Ballet) Balanchine's Apollo (with Alicia Amatriain) Cranko's Onegin and much NYCB rep. It's available through amazon.de or amazon.co.uk, but if you're in North America, I've found that shipping rates with amazon from Europe are very reasonable. Amazon's English site is describing it as "paperback" but it is in fact a hardback. I would love to hear other people's suggestions! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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