Review Of "Dance For A City: Fifty Years Of The New York City Ballet" Edited By L. Garafola And E. Foner

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Produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the New York Historical Society and edited by dance critic/writer Garafola (Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, CH, Feb'90) with historian Foner (author most recently of The Story of American Freedom, CH, Jan'99), this collection of seven essays includes contributions by dance scholars, musicologists, a chronicler of gay history, an art historian, and an urbanist. The skillful writing and breadth of viewpoints yields a book that is a welcome addition to the steady stream of works devoted to the New York City Ballet and to its founding choreographer, George Balanchine. Of particular note are essays on the making of Balanchine's ballet Agon and on the ballet photographs of George Platt Lynes. Also significant is the inclusion of the first complete list of New York City Ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins's ballets and musicals and a portfolio of photographs of Robbins in rehearsal and in performance. A previously unpublished interview with Balanchine by Nancy Reynolds, numerous additional photographs, endnotes, and a useful index complete this volume. For all dance collections.


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