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 Post subject: "Balanchine Variations" by Nancy Goldner
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 7:16 am 
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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:
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Decoding Balanchine
Nancy Goldner’s diminutive new book about George Balanchine’s choreography is deceptively readable. Goldner, who’s reviewed dance regularly for the Christian Science Monitor, the Nation, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes in an almost conversational voice that makes Balanchine seem transparent, easy to understand. But the simple appearance of the text belies an astute and highly sophisticated observer.

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This is also a University Press of Florida book:

http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=GOLDNS08

I've read it, picking it up at PNB's boutique, and agree it's a valuable gem. Goldner invites easy reading, yet it is juicy -- lots of information, both her own observations and some "inside" scoops on the 20 ballets, providing a good overview of each. Kind of a "Music Appreciation" approach -- and she also makes an excellent case for *why* each ballet is important.

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