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San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five Hardcover – November 12, 2007

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About the Author

Janice Ross, associate professor of dance history at Stanford University, has authored several books. She lives in Atherton, California.

Brigitte Lefèvre is director of dance for the Paris Opera Ballet.

Allan Ulrich is a dance critic and advising senior editor for Dance Magazine. He lives in Oakland, California.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811856984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811856980
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AT SEVENTY-FIVE is a richly illustrated and photographed survey of this great ballet company from its inception in 1933 through its hiatus to its present state of the art. Quoting the important man behind the success of this company - Helgi Tomasson - 'I have always believed that ballet brings beauty and poetry into our lives; it stirs our imagination. It appeals to the heart and nourishes the tells us something about who we were, providing a window to the past, and who we are, mirroring the present. It opens a door to the future.' The book is naturally celebratory (by name!) and the author Janice Ross is careful to chronicle the events the ballet has encountered, and survived, going on to reign as one of the world's most honored companies. There is a Preface written by Brigitte Lefevre (of the Paris Ballet) that praises Tomasson and a Foreword by dance critic Allan Ulrich that adds kudos to Tomasson and the company. Ross then examines the history and the highs and lows of the company under the following sections: Ballet Reborn in America; Inside San Francisco Ballet; Lives of the Dancers; Helgi Tomasson at work; Making visible - the Ballet and the Repertory; The invisible city backstage; and The ballet on Tour - company matters.

Then open this very large book and enjoy the richly colorful full page and double page photographs of dancing - in costume, in rehearsal clothes, in modern works and in the classics - and the results will take your breath away. The photographers (and there are many) are all credited, but the giant among them is without a doubt Erik Tomasson. It is rare to find such artistic images of ballet as these and the book is as much an art book as it is a book about a ballet company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookie on February 13, 2014
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From my perspective, I would have liked more of an historical saga of the company with more old pictures. That is because I joined the company in 1953!

I was disappointed in the copy I received. It was rated "very good" and I paid $59.00, but the paper cover is in bad condition - not something you proudly display on the coffee table.
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