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Apollo's Angels

A History of Ballet

By Jennifer Homans

ISBN: 9780812968743
format: Trade paperback
pages: 672
publisher: Random House Publishing Group
pub. date: 2011-11-29

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For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told, Apollo's Angels--the first cultural history of ballet ever written--is a groundbreaking work. 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. In the twentieth century, émigré dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as Entertainment Weekly notes, brings "a dancer's grace and sure-footed agility to the page."

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THENEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWo LOS ANGELES TIMES o SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE o PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


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