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 Post subject: I Put a Spell On You
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 1:49 am 
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article on a new book on female dancers through the ages. From The Telegraph.

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As a little girl, I wanted to be a ballet dancer – I never missed a lesson, practised religiously at home, pirouetting in the living room to a much-loved recording of "The Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker – but to my disappointment, I turned out to be not quite little enough. "Too tall," pronounced my ballet teacher. I was 10, and it felt as if my life was finished.

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 Post subject: Re: I Put a Spell On You
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 8:28 am 
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As for the American ballerina Gelsey Kirkland, her muscles were wrenched and torn by the demands of the legendary Russian choreographer George Balanchine when she worked with him during the 1980s, as he tried to mould her into the required position. Little wonder, then, that Kirkland ended up taking amphetamines and cocaine to keep her performing when she was racked with pain and weak from a diet of coffee and cigarettes
I am not sure that this is valid. The impression I got from GK's autobiography was her drug use was secondary to a severe depression and a devastatingly destructive self image, not the dancing per se.


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 Post subject: Re: I Put a Spell On You
PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2003 2:27 pm 
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Yes, I recall no mention of her muscles being wrenched and torn. This review on the whole seems pretty sensational. I wonder whether that's the tone the book actually has.


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