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TRIBUTES Celebrating Fifty Years of New York City Ballet: Martins, Peter

TRIBUTES Celebrating Fifty Years of New York City Ballet

Martins, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0688157513 / ISBN 13: 9780688157517
Published by William Morrow, New York, 1998
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Title: TRIBUTES Celebrating Fifty Years of New York...

Publisher: William Morrow, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

From its beginning, New York City Ballet embodied a bold, modern idea of dance that resonated in every other art. The ompany and its dances inspired artists of every medium from Manhattan to St. Petersburg to Paris to myriad cultural havens around the world.

Oversize and replete with lavish color, Tributes is a showcase for the exquisite art, sets, costumes, photography, poetry, and writing the City Ballet has inspired in the great creative minds of our time. An impressionistic portrait of the American treasure, Tributes pays homage to the Ballet and to the people who created it -- from George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein to Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, to the dancers, artists, and composers whose artistic fantasies became stunning reality on stage.

Boasting the most comprehensive repertory list to span the Company's fifty-year history and a complete chronology discography, and videography, Tributes is also a definitive history of the Company.

This is an elegant celebration of New York City Ballet with full-color art and writing from the century's greatest artists and authors, who have been entranced and seduced by the premier dance company in the world. A luxurious celebration of New York City Ballet, Tributes is a must-have for every balletomane and lover of the arts.

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The experience of dance is ephemeral. A lilting arabesque, an ascendant grand jeté, a precise pirouette--such movements exist for just a single moment. But the sensations they communicate to an audience member can be lasting. New York City Ballet has been one of America's preeminent companies since 1948. In Tributes, dancers, writers, and artists express their feelings for the company and its members to form an impressionistic view that captures the illusory essence of the ballet experience. Peter Martins, who inherited the role of artistic director upon the death of George Balanchine, opens the book by remembering how he only realized what ballet truly was the first time he danced with the company. City Ballet's creative triumvirate--Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Lincoln Kirstein--are recalled in an evocative set of essays. And from there, each page contains a gem that will take readers back to the first time they saw Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins perform the "Diamonds" pas de deux in Jewels, or watched Edward Villela in Watermill.

The thrill of observing these unearthly creatures practice their art--defying the laws of physics and the constraints of mere mortals--is palpable on every page. Henri Cartier-Bresson captures George Balanchine rehearsing his company. Agnes De Mille describes Jerome Robbins's "elements of style." The backdrops Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, and Erte designed for the company are here, along with the posters Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring created to advertise the company's presence at the 1988 American Music Festival. Poet James Merrill, illustrator Al Hirschfeld, artist Joseph Cornell, architect Phillip Johnson, and historian Robert Caro all pay homage to their favorite dancers. The list of luminaries who contributed to the book is too long to detail here, but each of their perspectives is unexpected and exciting. Playwright Wendy Wasserstein writes: "Nothing makes more sense to me than a night at the ballet.... Some girls want to have breakfast at Tiffany's, I just want a glass of champagne during the interval between Glass Pieces and Scotch Symphony on the State Theater Promenade." Ms. Wasserstein, an evening spent perusing this book is the next best thing. --Jordana Moskowitz

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