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Title Reading dance : a gathering of memoirs, reportage, criticism, profiles, interviews, and some uncategorizable extras / edited and with an introduction by Robert Gottlieb.
Imprint New York : Pantheon Books, [2008]
Edition First edition.

Subject Dance.
Dance criticism.
Alt Name Gottlieb, Robert, 1931-
Description xxix, 1330 pages ; 24 cm
Edition First edition.
Contents Frederick Ashton -- Ashton ballets -- Fred Astaire -- George Balanchine -- Balanchine ballets -- Balanchine lost ballets -- Balanchine dancers -- Mikhail Baryshnikov -- August Bournonville -- Commentary -- Critical voices -- Merce Cunningham -- Sergei Diaghilev -- Isadora Duncan -- Suzanne Farrell -- First person -- Margot Fonteyn -- Martha Graham -- Historical -- Interviews -- Léonide Massine -- Movies -- Vaslav Nijinsky -- Rudolf Nureyev -- Obituaries -- Anna Pavlova -- Present at the creation -- Profiles -- Jerome Robbins -- The Sleeping Beauty -- Paul Taylor -- Teachers -- Twyla Tharp -- Extras.
ISBN 9780375421228
OCLC # 192080566
Table of Contents
 Frederick Ashton1
 Letter to Alary Clarke / George Balanchine1
 Notes on Choreography / Frederick Ashton2
 Frederick Ashton and His Ballets / Clive Barnes5
 Enigma Variations / Mindy Aloff11
 Ashton Now / David Vaughan19
 Ashton Ballets26
 Enigma Variations / Nancy Goldner26
 La Fille Mal Gardee / Nancy Goldner29
 Ashton's Romeo: A Wise Virgin / Joan Acocella32
 Symphonic Variations / Julie Kavanagh40
 Fred Astaire47
 Beginnings / Fred Astaire47
 Ginger's Dress / Fred Astaire51
 The Dress / Ginger Rogers54
 Notes on La Belle, La Perfectly Swell, Romance / Arlene Croce58
 Nice Work, Darling, Nice Work / Alastair Macaulay67
 Letter to Adele / Fred Astaire77
 George Balanchine80
 Marginal Notes on the Dance / George Balanchine81
 Conversations with Balanchine / W. McNeil Lowry84
 Some Thoughts About Classicism and George Balanchine / Edwin Denby105
 Personal Encounters / B. H. Haggin112
 Meeting Balanchine / Lincoln Kirstein130
 My Friend George Balanchine / Nathan Milstein137
 A Masculine Man / Vera Zorina141
 Balanchine Ballets144
 Three Sides of Agon / Edwin Denby144
 Four Decades of Agon: The Pas de Deux / Leigh Witchel150
 Ballet Imperial / Holly Brubach157
 Chaconne / Nancy Goldner161
 Liebeslieder Walzer / Tobi Tobias164
 A Midsummer Night's Dream / Anita Finkel168
 Mozartiana / Arlene Croce173
 Robert Schumann's "Davidsbundlertanze" / Claudia Roth Pierpont177
 La Valse / Nancy Reynolds184
 Who Cares? / Arlene Croce187
 Balanchine Lost Ballets192
 Cotillon / A. V. Coton192
 The Figure in the Carpet / Rosanne Klass194
 Opus 34 / Edwin Denby202
 Balanchine Dancers207
 Robert Greskovic / Darci Kistler207
 Robert Greskovic / Patricia McBride215
 Robert Greskovic / Peter Martins219
 Claudia Roth Pierpont / Kyra Nichols221
 B. H. Haggin / Violette Verdy225
 Arlene Croce / Edward Villella228
 Mikhail Baryshnikov234
 The Soloist / Joan Acocella234
 Defection / John Fraser253
 Le Mystere Baryshnikov / Arlene Croce260
 Baryshnikov Dancing Judson / Jill Johnston262
 Giselle / Mikhail Baryshnikov270
 August Bournonville275
 Myself / August Bournonville275
 La Sylphide / Mikhail Baryshnikov281
 A Folk Tale / Tobi Tobias284
 The Guards of Amager / Nancy Goldner286
 Choreographic Creed / August Bournonville289
 La Bayadere / Peter Anastos291
 Costumes by Karinska / Toni Bentley304
 Edwin Denby / Arlene Croce310
 Gelsey Kirkland: The Judy Garland of Ballet / Harris Green319
 Ulanova - A Tribute / Arnold L. Haskell324
 Ballet in a Bad Time / Lincoln Kirstein328
 The Audience / P. W. Manchester332
 Dancer and the Dance / Susan Sontag334
 At the Ballet / Konstantin Stanislavsky339
 Three Essays on Dancing / James Waring343
 Critical Voices350
 L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato / Joan Acocella350
 Petrouchka / Cyril Beaumont360
 Lilac Garden / Christopher Caines365
 Genie's Cool Charm / H. T. Parker372
 Throw Tolstoy from the Train: Boris Eifman / Nancy Dalva375
 Against Meaning in Ballet / Edwin Denby378
 Superficial Thoughts on Foreign Classicism / Edwin Denby382
 The Rockettes and Rhythm / Edwin Denby388
 Alvin Ailey / Nancy Goldner390
 Maurice Bejart / Nancy Goldner393
 The Bolshoi / Nancy Goldner396
 Time Tunnel: Jose Limon / Jill Johnston400
 Charlotte Moorman: Over His Dead Body / Jill Johnston402
 Steve Paxton: Tornado in a Teacup / Jill Johnston404
 The Significance of the Dance / Andre Levinson408
 The Spirit of the Classic Dance / Andre Levinson412
 Argentina / Andre Levinson418
 Sex, Violence, and Kenneth MacMillan / Alastair Macaulay422
 Trisha Brown: Dancing Through the Language Barrier / Marcia B. Siegel432
 Mauve Punk: Karole Armitage / Marcia B. Siegel433
 Comforts of Hell: Bill Irwin / Marcia B. Siegel435
 Exhibit A and Possibly B: Meredith Monk / Marcia B. Siegel437
 Ballet on Ice / Walter Terry440
 The Nutcracker: Magic / Walter Terry442
 Clytemnestra / Walter Terry444
 Mathilde Kschessinska / Akim Volynsky446
 Olga Preobrajenska / Akim Volynsky450
 Lida Ivanovo / Akim Volynsky452
 Olga Spessivtseva / Akim Volynsky456
 Merce Cunningham460
 Merce / Nancy Dalva460
 The Dancer and the Dance / Merce Cunningham, Jacqueline Lesschaeve462
 At the Theater de Lys / Carolyn Brown475
 Pale Horse, Pale Rider / Terry Teachout479
 Sergei Diaghilev488
 Sergei Diaghilev / Arnold L. Haskell489
 Coming Home / Lynn Garafola500
 Diaghilev and Music / Nicolas Nabokov508
 Auditioning for Diaghilev / Vernon Duke513
 Isadora Duncan519
 In Russia / Isadora Duncan519
 How I Met Isadora / Mary Desti525
 Isadora's Death / Mary Desti528
 Isadora / Janet Flanner534
 Isadora Duncan: In Memoriam / Andre Levinson538
 Free Spirit / Robert Gottlieb544
 Suzanne Farrell552
 Audition / Suzanne Farrell552
 A Conversation with Suzanne Farrell / David Daniel556
 A Conversation with Diana Adams / David Daniel569
 Suzanne Farrell / Robert Greskovic583
 First Person589
 First Designs / Cecil Beaton589
 Dancing with Vernon / Irene Castle593
 Escape from Holland / Ninette de Valois596
 Les Sylphides / Michel Fokine606
 Dancing for Twyla / Alma Guillermoprieto611
 Early Days / Tamara Karsavina619
 Debut / Allegra Kent624
 La Sonnamhula / Allegra Kent627
 Tsarevitch / Mathilde Kschessinska629
 Diaghilev / Serge Lifar636
 Goebbels / Serge Lifar642
 East Fifty-ninth Street: The Birthplace / Jose Limon646
 Swan Lake / Natalia Makarova648
 Crisis / Alicia Markova653
 The End of Denishawn / Barton Mumaw658
 Opening Night / Bronislava Nijinska665
 La Chatte / Alice Nikitina669
 A Dancer's Childhood / Marius Petipa673
 The Thaw / Maya Plisetskaya677
 The Renoirs Go to the Ballet / Jean Renoir685
 Egypta / Ruth St. Denis687
 Dancing with Nijinska / Margaret Severn690
 Margot Fonteyn698
 Snowflake to Superstar / Dale Harris698
 Rudolf / Margot Fonteyn708
 The Art of Pleasing / Robert Gottlieb713
 Margot Fonteyn / David Daniel721
 Martha Graham723
 Martha Graham / Kenneth Tynan723
 A Chat with Martha Graham / Don McDonagh726
 Martha / Dorothy Bird735
 A Conversation with May O'Donnell / Tobi Tobias740
 Primitive Mysteries / Nancy Goldner743
 Dance Goddess with Feet of Clay / Dale Harris746
 Graham Crackers / Renee E. D'Aoust749
 The Ballet Club / Mary Clarke756
 Letter to Heine / Theophile Gautier761
 Maria Theresa: Isadora's Last Dancing Daughter / Deborah Jowitt769
 Salome / Elizabeth Kendall774
 Barbara Newman / Tanaquil LeClercq778
 Robert Gottlieb / Allegra Kent783
 Joan Acocella / Mark Morris on Mozart Dances797
 Barbara Newman / Antoinette Sibley800
 Francis Mason / Martha Swope807
 Francis Mason / Tamara Toumanova816
 Leonide Massine827
 Meeting Diaghilev / Leonide Massine827
 Massine / Alexandra Danilova831
 Interviewing Massine / John Drummond835
 Cleopatra / Agnes de Mille841
 Limelight / Melissa Hayden849
 The Turning Point / Pauline Kael855
 Disney's Dances / Alastair Macaulay861
 Interview with John Kobal / Eleanor Powell868
 The Red Shoes / Michael Powell875
 Singin' in the Rain / Debbie Reynolds888
 Vaslav Nijinsky895
 Nijinsky / Lincoln Kirstein895
 Le Sacre du Printemps / Jacques Riviere899
 Notes on Nijinsky Photographs / Edwin Denby910
 Working on Sacre / Marie Rambert916
 Nijinsky and Til Eulenspiegel / Robert Edmond Jones920
 The Strangeness of Til / H. T. Parker930
 Nijinsky's Last Days in the Theatre / Andre Oliveroff932
 The Specter of Nijinsky / Nicolas Nabokov937
 A God Twice Buried / Richard Buckle942
 Rudolf Nureyev945
 Some of My Memories / Liuba Myasnikova945
 A Celestial Accident / Julie Kavanagh951
 Nureyev Remembered / Alastair Macaulay955
 Arlene Croce / George Balanchine961
 Mindy Aloff / Honi Coles965
 Janet Flanner / La Goulue967
 Christopher Caines / Hanya Holm969
 Walter Terry / Ruth St. Denis971
 Anna Pavlova976
 Anna Pavlova / Keith Money976
 Anna Pavlova / Akim Volynsky987
 The Genius of Pavlova / Walford Hyden989
 Pavlova / Sol Hurok993
 Pavlova at the Met / Carl Van Vechten996
 Russian Ballet in Tokyo / Ryunosuke Akutagawa1000
 Present at The Creation1002
 Apollo / Alexandra Danilova1002
 Ballets 1933 / Diana Gould Menuhin1005
 Clytemnestra / Paul Taylor1013
 Firebird / Maria Tallchief1017
 A Midsummer Night's Dream / Edward Villella1024
 The Moor's Pavane / Pauline Koner1029
 Parade / Arthur Gold, Robert Fizdale1034
 Petrouchka / Alexandre Benois1046
 Pillar of Fire / Sono Osato1051
 Primitive Mysteries / Dorothy Bird1054
 Le Sacre du Printemps / Lydia Sokolova1060
 Serenade / Ruthanna Boris1063
 Colonel de Basil / Sol Hurok1070
 The Marquis de Cuevas / Agnes de Mills1073
 Ninette de Valois / Richard Buckle1079
 Senta Driver: Stomping Out a Niche for Herself / Deborah Jowitt1082
 Bob Fosse: Dancing and the Dark / Joan Acocella1087
 Lincoln Kirstein / Richard Buckle1097
 Nicolas Legat / Alan Carter1101
 Carmelita Maracci / Agnes de Mille1105
 Alicia Markova / Agnes de Mille1119
 Olga Spessivtseva / Anton Dolin1122
 Mary Wigman / Sol Hurok1129
 Jerome Robbins1133
 Jerome Robbins / Mindy Aloff1133
 Bringing Back Robbins's Fancy / Tobi Tobias1141
 Dances at a Gathering / Jerome Robbins, Edwin Denby1157
 The Sleeping Beauty1168
 The Sleeping Beauty / Frederick Ashton1168
 Tchaikovsky and the Ballet / Constant Lambert1171
 The Sleeping Beauty / Arlene Croce1176
 The Big Sleep / Alastair Macaulay1188
 Paul Taylor1194
 Paul Taylor / Clement Crisp1194
 Aureole / Paul Taylor1199
 Sunset / Nancy Dalva1205
 Moving Pictures / Holly Brubach1207
 Why I Make Dances / Paul Taylor1212
 Class with Balanchine / Merrill Ashley1215
 On Teaching / Alexandra Danilova1222
 My Teachers / Margot Fonteyn1226
 Nijinska / Allegra Kent1231
 Fokine / Pauline Koner1234
 Balanchine's Teaching / Suki Schorer1238
 Interview with Barbara Newman / Richard Thomas1241
 The Quality of the Moment: Stanley Williams / Tobi Tobias1251
 Twyla Tharp1270
 Twyla / Nancy Dalva1270
 Push Comes to Shove / Twyla Tharp1271
 Push Comes to Shove / Mikhail Baryshnikov1279
 Nine Sinatra Songs / Nancy Goldner1281
 Tharp Against the Whirlwind / Deborah Jowitt1283
 On the Ballet / George Jean Nathan1287
 A Note on the Ballet / Max Beerbohm1290
 Pavlova Goes Shopping / Grace Curnock1293
 Alec: or the Future of Choreography / Lincoln Kirstein1300
 An Early Interview / Paul Taylor1308
 The Ballet Cook Book / Tanaquil LeClercq1312

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