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Fernando Bujones: An Autobiography Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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The overriding quality that leaps out from this book is the total honesty of Fernando Bujones. He pulls no punches even though he avoids sensationalism and gossip . . . His story is like a movie script on the theme of the American Dream.” Mike Dixon, Dance Europe
The greatest American male dancer of his generation.” Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
Fernando Bujones . . . American-trained premier danseur whose exuberance and technical excellence in roles ranging from classical to contemporary have stimulated audiences around the world to deeper insight into the beauty and joy of dance.” Lucia Chase, founding artistic director, American Ballet Theatre
About the Author
Fernando Bujones made his professional dancing debut in 1970 with the Andre Eglevsky Ballet Company and joined the American Ballet Theatre two years later. There, at the age of 19, he became the youngest principal dancer in ABT history. His dancing career would last for decades, taking him around the world and partnering him with the top ballerinas of the 20th century. Zeida Cecilia-Mendez was Fernando Bujones’s coach from the beginning, while starting a second career in the visual arts. She is a former script supervisor, writer-producer-director of documentaries and commercials, and a promotions and marketing director for the Miami affiliate of Univision Network. She lives in Doral, Florida.
Top customer reviews
book was "I danced here and had a great time...I danced there and had a great time." Fernando was a class act in writing his memoirs but it wasn't very interesting. Now I see how juicy gossip makes a book fun to read. Apparently, Fernando and his mentor decided not to go that route.
I especially enjoyed the chapters about the escape from Cuba, the Varna Competition and the Orlando Ballet Theater. The Bujones' honesty is another important feature in the book, he describes the events with the sincerity of a boy, with the passion of an artist and the vision and commitment of a producer. So it's easy to surprise yourself "wearing his shoes" and be mesmerized by the sequence of events. This makes the book highly readable.
I just read a review from Dance Europe (july, 09) that I totally agree and helps to describe the book: "his (Fernando Bujones) story is like a movie script on the theme of the American Dream".
I strongly recommend this book not only to Ballet fans but everyone interested in how the human passion, dedication and discipline can triumph over all obstacles.