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Synopsis: The shattering story of a dream which became a heartbreaking nightmare for one of America's most famous ballerinas, Gelsey Kirkland, who chronicles her brilliant start as a dancer with George Balanchine, her legendary partnership with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her agonizing descent into drugs, and her struggles to rise again.
From Publishers Weekly:
Rarely has a performing artist probed so searchingly and satisfyingly into the wellsprings of creativity as ballerina Kirkland does in this incandescently lyrical memoir written with her husband, whom she met while knocking on the door of a drug dealer's apartment. That is only one item of scandalous interest in an autobiography that resembles Billie Holiday's Lady Sings the Blues in its startling, brutal honesty. But, unlike celebrity autobiographies that mistake "juicy" anecdotes for self-revelation, Dancing on My Grave is also an intellectually stimulating portrait of the artist at war with tradition, with family, friends, lovers and colleagues, but most frustratingly, with herself. The 34-year-old Kirkland, who triumphed at the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater in the 1970s, reveals her one-time addiction to cocaine; that her affair with dancer Patrick Bissell was predicated on their mutual addiction to the drug; that both her romantic and artistic relationships with Baryshnikov were untenable because of his adolescent and unrelenting narcissism ("How was it possible that Misha's resources as an artist, so evident in performance, were different from those of his basic personality?"); that in 1981 she committed herself to a Westchester psychiatric hospital, even as she knew that her anorexia, bulimia and drug addiction were only symptoms of deeper emotional problems. The memoir also serves as a devastating critique of the American dance establishment that cannot be ignored. New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine (who gave Kirkland amphetamine "vitamins" on a tour of the U.S.S.R.) emerges as patronizing, vindictive, petty but still a genius. Through the 1970s and early 1980s, Kirkland nearly paid with her life for "the passivity and guilt instilled by the Balanchine system"a dance theater that valued speed and form over dramatic content. "Don't think, dance," Kirkland was told. The ballerina's disaffection with that dictum is at the heart of this book: "To speak through the dance, to articulate something beyond the steps, was the precise art for which I struggled." Kirkland spares neither the reader nor herself in this memoir full of poetic insights into art and life, and we must be grateful that the dancer, always "seen but not heard," has at last given her inner soul voice in this magnificent autobiography. 50,000 ad/promo.
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Title: Dancing On My Grave
Publisher: Penguin Putnam~trade
Publication Date: 1988
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1988. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP65611830
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd 1988 Paperback, 1988. Book Condition: Fair. 288 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 820669
Book Description Book Condition: Good. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May NOT include discs, access code or other supplemental materials. Bookseller Inventory # 31UEZG000LTT
Book Description Penguin Books, London, 1988. Softcover (Photographic). Book Condition: Very Good. Photographic (illustrator). First Paperback Edition. permissions. The text is illustrated with three inserts, of eight pages each, of black-and-white photography. Photographic paperback binding with silver and white coloured titles to the front panel and white coloured titles to the back strip. The autobiography of Gelesy Kirkland, prima ballerina of School of American Ballet and of the New York City Ballet. But, it is not just a telling of a ballerinas' life, it is also a telling of anorexia, drug use, sex and mental anguish of the author going from high to low and rising Phoenix like into the spotlight again. Rubbing of the book edges and panels with some chipping to the top back strip edge and a crease to the top right hand corner of the front panel. Browning of the text block edges and verso of the covers; with lighter browning of the pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 286,  pages, Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Ballet; United States; Dance. ISBN: 0140103856. ISBN/EAN: 9780140103854. Inventory No: 0122667. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $7.80 for shipment within Australia. . Bookseller Inventory # 0122667
Book Description Penguin Putnam~trade, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020140103856
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