Flirting With Fidel:Dance, Suffering, Revolution
Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, by Alma Guillermoprieto. Pantheon, 250 pages, $25.
by Doris Lessing for The New York Observer
Few dancers write memoirs, and so the world of dance remains an elegant mystery to many of us, despite lovelorn films like Red Shoes or reverential ones like the Margot Fonteyn series. A recent review of Robert Altman’s The Company, in The New York Review of Books, insists on the anti-romantic view of dancers, who are not to be seen as moths dying ecstatically in the flame of their art, but more like 9-to-5 office workers plodding through their duties. No blood-soaked ballet shoes, please, no tortured insteps. click for more