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Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario: Szilard, Paul

Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario

Szilard, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0879109645 / ISBN 13: 9780879109646
Published by New York: Limelight Editions, 2002, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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8vo, publisher's boards, dustwrapper, 215pp. First edition, so stated. Inscribed at the dedication page in red ballpoint: "To Arthur for his / wonderful West Side Story / Love / Paul / 2007". Laid in is a typed 9-line letter on Szilard Productions stationary, signed "Paul". The letter details a 2007 success in Paris, invites the addressee, Arthur Laurents, to a December performance and recommends Szilard's "biography", which accompanied the latter, for its material on Jerry [Jerome Robbins] and Szilard's Japanese production of "West Side Story". Laurents, of course, had perhaps his greatest early triumph w/ his book for "West Side Story" which Robbins choreographed. From the library of the late Arthur Laurents. A VG+/VG+ copy: clean boards, tight binding, straight corners, clean edges, clean internals, bright and whole dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # ATL09096

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Title: Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario

Publisher: New York: Limelight Editions, 2002

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"This book offers terrific insights on countless personalities, including George Balanchine, Lincoln Kirstein, Jerome Robbins, Lucia Chase, Nora Kaye, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Judith Jamison, and Patrick Dupond. As dancer, teacher, and impresario, Paul Szilard met many colorful as well as bitchy characters, all of whom he describes in humorous detail...The impresario reveals the numerous aspects of the immensely talented but troubled Alvin Ailey...Here is a book so full of blunt comments, vast humor, and pathos that it isn't just for the dance world alone. Even the layman will garner knowledge, drama, and entertainment from it." -Jennie Schulman, Back Stage "...a must for balletomanes and dance historians." -Publishers Weekly

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Szilard, nearing 90, has followed in the impresario tradition of Serge Diaghilev and Sol Hurok, showcasing artists as diverse as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nora Kaye, Maria Tallchief and Judith Jamison, as he entertainingly relates in this chronicle of backstage intrigue in the dance world from the 1950s through the '80s. An established ballet dancer himself, Szilard emigrated from his native Hungary as WWII was breaking, finally reaching the United States in 1950. With pointed wit and self-deprecating charm, Szilard spins tales of his role in late 20th-century dance, sharing such tidbits as Kaye securing her Harry Winston diamonds by questionable means, buying a dildo in Japan for Romola Nijinsky, and Alvin Ailey's drug use. While these behind-the-scenes snapshots could be construed as salacious, Szilard tells his story with little malice; he is as unflinching with himself as he is with others. While humoring diva behavior from artists he respects, Szilard does not suffer fools gladly; he shows little patience with amateurs, homophobes and racists. Szilard relates how he refused to settle in the South in the 1950s because of the segregation and discrimination he saw. "How can human beings be treated like this?" he writes. "[I]t was beyond my understanding that whites should hate black people." Fittingly, one of Szilard's last and greatest triumphs as an impresario was championing the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under Ailey and then Judith Jamison. An affectionately "bitchy" (Szilard's own word for himself) chronicle of dance history, what it lacks in evenness it makes up in charm: a must for balletomanes and dance historians. 32 pages of b&w photos.

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