excerpted "book review" by paul ben-itzak of danceinsider (that's in quotes because i think he just started out to do a bit of a rave...but it turned into, more or less, a review) thanks paul!
this photo enlarged is at: <A HREF="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1865080837.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg" TARGET=_blank>http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1865080837.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg</A> <P>"Well, last night, we hied ourselves to the Australian Consulate for a book party for "Tutu," in which Greg Barrett photographs the Australian Ballet.<P>The press release said something like, "away from the rigor of performance," by which I assumed was meant that, what, a tutu would be ruffled, a strand flying unhinged from a bun?<P>What a joy then to discover such a trove of stark, black and white, romantic but not prettified and, most remarkably, sensuous but not exploitative photographs of these dancers, in various states of undress.<P>Of course, the undress isn't the main attraction of the photos: It's the grace in the positions, some in flight, some sculptural, some in pairs -- all intimate but without making the viewer seem like a voyeur -- in which Barrett captures his subjects. <P>As well, there's a frankness I'm unaccustomed to seeing in photographs of ballet dancers. Not just in their bodies, but in their eyes, in their direct gaze. There's no artifice here; no, if you will, protection. <P>What you see is the people behind the dancers, muscly and gorgeous, yes, but for real."<P>"Tutu" is published by Independent Publishers Group. <BR>To order, call 1-800-888-4741.<P>ALSO at AMAZON.COM <A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1865080837/o/qid=962157906/sr=2-2/102-8753659-9048921" TARGET=_blank>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1865080837/o/qid=<BR>962157906/sr=2-2/102-8753659-9048921</A> <BR><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited June 27, 2000).]