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Ballet's Magic Kingdom: Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925 Hardcover – December 9, 2008
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Volynsky is like many balletomanes fiercely opinionated. For instance he loathed the "revolutionary" ballets of Mikhail Fokine. He also loathed the modern dance movement of Isadora Duncan but praised Duncan's "lovely artistry." He follows up with this paean to Duncan's charisma: "Duncan is beautiful in the purity of her emotions, which inspire the viewer more rapidly than any other more perfect form of art." He was a fierce protector of Petipa and the purity of academic classical ballet.
The second half of the book is devoted to Volynsky's "The Book of Exaltations: The ABC's of Classical Dance." Think it sounds boring? It's not.Read more ›
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I had read the NY Times Book Review of this book and purchased it. It arrived in a timely manner, in excellent condition. Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by Judith Granite
Good details and overall professionalism.
Tocuh of Art in the composition.