THE BALLET COMPANION by Walter Terry

THE BALLET COMPANION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A compendium on the ballet from Catherine de Medici's Ballet Comique de la Reine to today, when ballet is ""still colored by courtly origins."" MaJor figures: Petipa, with whom ""the words ballet and Russian became almost Inseparable,"" his contemporary heir, Balanchine; Fokine, Massine Diaghileff (who did not dance, choreograph, compose or paint, yet held undisputed dominion); commentary on choreography, composers and librettists (Tschaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gautier); the designer; training (the High School of Performing Arts is the closest thing America has to the national academies of Europe). And of course, the dances and dancers, and performance (interpretation and individuality). On pointe for devotees.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1967
Publisher: Dodd, Mead