Gifts for the holidays: books & videos.As a young dancer, your primary concern revolves around the studio: getting there; getting better; trying to get on with the rest of your hectic life. It may seem as if there is no time for extra reading. Make time! Reading allows your body to rest and your imagination to soar. Reading about dance enriches your understanding of the art and is bound to inspire your own performance.
This holiday season, there are two new biographies for preteens, both of which are appropriate for advanced younger and older readers: Anna Pavlova--Genius of the Dance by Ellen Levine (Scholastic, $14.951 and Letter to the World--The Life and Dances of Martha Graham, by Trudy Garfunkel (Little, Brown & Co., $15.951. Both books use the dancers' own words to express what it means to be an artist and the words of their contemporaries to bear witness. Each is approximately one hundred page5, divided into brief chapters, with ample pictures and an excellent bibliography. They are well worth reading.
Pavlova (1881-1931), who trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia, was one of the last prerevolutionary ballerinas. Traveling the world with her own company, she introduced ballet to thousands, and her name became indelibly in·del·i·ble
1. Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
2. associated with the image of the ballerina as swan. By the time of Pavlova's death, Graham (1894-1991), an American dancer trained at the Denishawn School of Dance, was already creating a new and original dance form, shaped by her own physicality and individuality. While Pavlova crossed many geographic borders, Graham explored uncharted physical and psychological territory in her dances. These women from different cultures, who danced in radically different ways, shared a fierce psychological and emotional commitment to their art.
Interestingly, the style of each biography mirrors that of the artist portrayed. Levine's writing, rich with anecdotes of Pavlova's life, captures the ballerina through a gauzy curtain of romantic images. From her first visit to the ballet, when "Anna held her breath, afraid to move, wrapped in the spell of this enchantment enchantment: see magic.
See also Fantasy, Magic.
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. " to her dying words, "Get my Swan costume ready," the book reaffirms the glamour forever associated with the legend.
Garfunkel's book on Graham has the forthright forth·right
1. Direct and without evasion; straightforward: a forthright appraisal; forthright criticism.
2. Archaic Proceeding straight ahead.
1. directness one associates with the thoroughly modern artist. Appropriately, Garfunkel devotes much of the book to describing and detailing the significance of key works, not only in the context of Graham's career, but also as revelations of the possibilities of theatrical dance in a changing world. Graham said, "No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time." The profound influence of her collaborators from music and sculpture, Louis Horst Louis Horst, born Jan. 12, 1884, Kansas City, Mo., U.S. died Jan. 23, 1964, New York City. U.S., composer and pianist, was the musical director for the Denishawn company (1916 to 1925) before working as musical director and dance composition teacher for Martha Grahams school and and Isamu Noguchi, respectively, is clearly noted.
Picture books with sugary sug·ar·y
adj. sug·ar·i·er, sug·ar·i·est
1. Characterized by or containing sugar: sugary foods.
2. Tasting or looking like sugar.
3. illustrations dominate the market for younger readers. Rachel Isadora's Lili on Stage (Putnam, $15.95) chronicles the backstage experience of a child performing in Nutcracker nutcracker, common name for a small crow of the genus Nucifraga in the family Corvidae (crow family). The Old World nutcracker (N. caryocatactes) is found throughout the colder regions of Europe, including high mountain forests. and would be a lovely keepsake for any audience member. Isadora's My Ballet Diary, (Putnam, $15.95) gives ballet students on opportunity to record their own experiences, but the illustrations gear it inappropriately toward the younger student, and Isadora's attempt to include historical information is careless. In Shoes of Satin, Ribbons of Silk--Tales from the Ballet (Kingfisher kingfisher, common name for members of the family Alcedinidae, essentially tropical and subtropical land birds, with affinities to trogons and swifts and related to the hornbill. , $16.95), Antonia Barber beautifully translates the plots of 19th- and early 20th-century ballets into stories.
For those compiling holiday wish lists, videotapes from the new Balanchine Collection would be a boon to those who are looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. extraordinary choreography choreography
Art of creating and arranging dances. The word is derived from the Greek for “dance” and “write,” reflecting its early meaning as a written record of dances. and dancing. Informative documentaries with wonderful dance excerpts ore Bill T. Jones--Dancing to the Promised Land (View Video, 30.001 and Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (Kultur, $24.95). Points in Space (Kultur, $39.95) documents t he working process of choreographer cho·re·o·graph
v. cho·re·o·graphed, cho·re·o·graph·ing, cho·re·o·graphs
1. To create the choreography of: choreograph a ballet.
2. Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage Noun 1. John Cage - United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992)
John Milton Cage Jr., Cage with a full performance of the dance Points in Space. For technical tips, Roni Mahler's tapes (Video South Productions, $62.95) are excellent, and for class, master teacher David Howard's videos (David Howard/Pattie Bryson Productions, $39.95) offer a lively workout Workout
Informal repayment or loan forgiveness arrangement between a borrower and creditors.
1. The process of a debtor's meeting a loan commitment by satisfying altered repayment terms. .
One of the best sources for videos and books is Dance Horizons Videos (12 W. Delaware Ave., Pennington, NJ 08534; phone (800) 220-7149 or fax (609) 737-1869). Ask for their catalogue. While you're at it, your holiday list might include a gift membership to the Dance Book Club (same address and telephone numbers). That will keep you reading well into the New Year.