A Body of Work : Dancing to the Edge and Back
by David Hallberg
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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David Hallberg, the first American to join the famous Bolshoi Ballet as the main dancer and the dazzling dancer of the artist The New Yorker described as “the most exciting dancer in the Western world,” presents a glimpse at his artistic life – until he returns to the stage after a serious injury that nearly cost him his careerBeginning with his real life of Billy Elliot’s early childhood-an all-American story spoiled by the intensity of intimidation and culminating in his hard-won return, Hallberg’s “moving and intelligent” (Daniel Mendelsohn) memory of deep dives into life as an artist as he fights with the ego, pushes the limits of his body, and ecstatic search for perfection and fullness as one of the world’s most famous ballet dancersRich in fan ballet details will love it, Hallberg presents a “ruthlessinner look” (The New York Times) and also a reflection on the universal and relatable themes as a source of inspiration, self-doubt, and perfectionism as it takes the reader into the daily life of the class, from the rigor of rehearsals, and triumphant shows, in search of new ballet interpretations the greatest rolesHe reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager to leave America to join the Opera Ballet at the School, the ambition he had to tame them as a new member of the American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons for his catchy decision to be the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet’s high rank, presented by the Artistic Director who would later fall victim to a violent acid attackThen, like Hallberg practiced all over the world, at the height of his abilities, he suffered a paralyzing ankle injury and botched surgery leading to an anxious ballet retreat and an honest re-examination of his whole life.Combining his powers of observation with the emotional memory of honesty and artistic inspiration, Hallberg wrote a great ballet of memory and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion and wisdom.”Candid and engrossed
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