A History of Ballet
Publication Date: February 2011
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One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year, Apollo's Angels is the first cultural history of ballet ever written.
Jennifer Homans is a former professional dancer trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and the School of American Ballet. She performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Currently the dance critic for the New Republic, she has written for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, and the Australian. She earned her B.A. at Columbia University and her Ph.D. in modern European history at New York University, where she is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. Kirsten Potter, a graduate of the Boston University School for the Arts, has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. An award-winning audiobook narrator, Kirsten has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her other titles include The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, Sammy's House by Kristen Gore, and Madapple by Christina Meldrum, which was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008. Kirsten has received recognition from the American Academy of Achievement and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, as well as numerous regional awards.
Ballet's history is not just about choreography and technique â�� it's also a history of nationalization, the changing ways we view the body, shifting gender norms and class struggles. Historian Jennifer Homans chronicles the art form in a cultural history, Apollo's Angels. More at NPR.org
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"[The] book is a delight to read, massively informed yet remarkably agile." ---The Washington Post