La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern

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La Nijinska is the first biography of twentieth-century ballet's premier female choreographer.Overshadowed in life and legend by her brother Vaslav Nijinsky, Bronislava Nijinska had a far longer and more productive career. An architect of twentieth-century neoclassicism, she experienced the transformative power of the Russian Revolution and created her greatest work - Les Noces - under the influence of its avant-garde. Many of her ballets rested on the probing of gender boundaries, a mistrust of conventional gender roles, and the heightening of the ballerina's technical andartistic prowess. A prominent member of Russia Abroad, she worked with leading figures of twentieth-century art, music, and ballet, including Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Poulenc, Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, Frederick Ashton, Alicia Markova, and Maria Tallchief. She was also a remarkable dancer in her ownright with a bravura technique and powerful stage presence that enabled her to perform an unusually broad repertory. Finally, she was the author of an acclaimed volume of memoirs in addition to a major treatise on movement. Nijinska's career sheds new light on the modern history of ballet and of modernism more generally, recuperating the memory of lost works and forgotten artists, many of them women. But it also reveals the sexism pervasive in the upper echelons of the early andmid-twentieth-century ballet world, barriers that women choreographers still confront.
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ISBN-13: 9780197603901
ISBN-10: 0197603904
Pagini: 512
Ilustrații: 70 figures
Dimensiuni: 170 x 244 x 50 mm
Greutate: 1.11 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Blessedly free of academic dance jargon... Garafola's writing style is clear, unfussy, and easy to digest. She presents us, however, with the life of an immensely talented choreographer whose artistic ambition remained thwarted and unfulfilled. It's a sad story but one I urge you to discover for yourself.
... an engrossing book, which gives full weight to an extraordinary life... It is the art that is the ultimate subject of Garafolas book, and she does a triumphant job of reasserting its importance and recreating its impact. So few of Nijinskas works survive that is good to be reminded of just how significant many were when they were first seen, and how wide her influence was on succeeding generations...
Lynn Garafola, doyenne of ballet historians, has produced a scrupulously researched biography of a remarkable woman... Garafola's biography of this brave and complex woman is as judicious as it is sensitive. I recently completed a modest book covering some of the same field. I only wish I had been able to incorporate her meticulous scholarship before it went to press.
... serious and thoroughly researched study of ballet's leading female choreographer... [an] excellent and thoughtful book.
It's gratifying when a biographer and her subject are as perfectly matches as these two are. Everything in Lynn Garafola's prior life - her authorship of a major work on Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, her investigations into other ballet and modern dance companies, her years of teaching in Barnard's eminent dance department - prepared her to accomplish this challenging task. And for Bronislava Nijinska, the long-neglected sister of Vaslav Nijinsky, it's nothingshort of a resuscitation. Left out of the ballet history in which she actively participated ... she now has been brought to life by this first-ever biography.
Finally the biography she deserves.
Nijinska could not have hoped for a more sympathetic and conscientious biographer than Garafola.... She understands the physical, educational, visual, dramatic, political, interpersonal, and financial aspects of the dance industry from the inside out.
[Nijinska's] life after 1924 is known only in sketchy form, though Garafola does a tremendous job of resurrecting it.
A biography ... told in rich, fascinating detail.
Garafola documents the ways in which a misogynistic establishment undermined Nijinska's achievements and argues that, despite this, her ideas about the relationship between movement and music helped shape the modern art of ballet.
La Nijinska is a wonderful read; a window into the life of a woman who, for decades, was the world's leading female choreographer.... A big but gratifying read. Garafola provides a previously sketchy, monochrome account of history in color for the first time.
A fascinating account of life and work of the great and enigmatic Bronislava Nijinska, who left us a couple of ballets of genius and many unanswered questions. Nijinska, the most influential woman choreographer in classical ballet, was an inspiration for many generations of dance makers, and yet many aspects of her life remained poorly researched and unknown, partly because her memoirs only covered the early years. I was especially interested to read about Nijinska'schoreographic debuts in Kiyv, Ukraine, and the second part of her life in California. The interviews of the dancers who worked with her last are priceless. Congratulations to Lynn Garafola. This book, thoroughly researched, full of unknown facts and inspiring details, is a book we were all waitingfor.
In this inspirational first biography of Bronislava Nijinska, based on global research, Lynn Garafola has successfully drawn the great choreographer from the shadow of her famous brother. She reveals a complex woman who experienced more than her fair share of tragedies and was constantly betrayed by men, while creating experimental ballets and inspiring successive generations of performers, directors and choreographers.
This book is an astonishing achievement. Nijinska, sister of tragic dancer-genius Nijinsky, emerges here as a larger-than-life heroine, an Amazon endowed with visionary talent, yet blocked at every turn by forces arrayed against an ambitious woman. It's an epic tale, based on impeccable sources, narrated with rare lucidity, set against a three-continent-wide panorama of European, American and émigré-Russian artists and impresarios, all chasing after thismagical quality we now call Modernity.

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Lynn Garafola is Professor Emerita of Dance at Barnard College, Columbia University. A dance historian and critic, she is the author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, and the editor of several books, including The Diaries of Marius Petipa, André Levinson on Dance (with Joan Acocella), José Limón: An Unfinished Memoir, and The Ballets Russes and ItsWorld. She has curated several exhibitions, including Dance for a City: Fifty Years of the New York City Ballet, New York Story: Jerome Robbins and His World, Diaghilev's Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath, and, most recently, Arthur Mitchell: Harlem's Ballet Trailblazer