A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of balletAs much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement, not words, and its history lies almost entirely abroad-in Russia, Italy, and France. In Celestial Bodies, dance critic Laura Jacobs makes the foreign familiar, providing a lively, poetic, and uniquely accessible introduction to the world of classical dance. Combining history, interviews with dancers, technical definitions, descriptions of performances, and personal stories, Jacobs offers an intimate and passionate guide to watching ballet and understanding the central elements of choreography.Beautifully written and elegantly illustrated with original drawings, Celestial Bodies is essential reading for all lovers of this magnificent art form.
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"In this audiobook, the author sets out to convince listeners that there's more to ballet than first meets the eye. It's not a compilation of tips on on how to watch ballet--it's an all-encompassing primer on dance that will enlighten novices and ballet enthusiasts alike. Narrator Tiffany Morgan is the perfect pairing for this listen. Her friendly but scholarly sounding style gives listeners the feeling of a best friend who is expounding on her favorite topic. The illustrations and photos in the print edition that elucidate some of the most important points are obviously lacking in this audiobook. However, listeners who are familiar with ballet should be able to follow along with ease and enjoy this peek behind the curtain. K.J.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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