This dramatic, candid memoir tells the exciting and moving story of Suzanne Farrell's rise from a shy Midwestern girl to one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Whether writing about the exhilaration of working and training with George Balanchine, the internationally acclaimed choreographer, or about the triumph of dancing again after hip ...
This dramatic, candid memoir tells the exciting and moving story of Suzanne Farrell's rise from a shy Midwestern girl to one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century. Whether writing about the exhilaration of working and training with George Balanchine, the internationally acclaimed choreographer, or about the triumph of dancing again after hip replacement surgery, this is indeed a fascinating story of a remarkable woman. 16 pages of photographs.
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Publishers Weekly, 1991-11-01 At 15, Farrell arrived in Manhattan, where she was eventually discovered, molded and wooed by George Balanchine. With former New York City Ballet dancer Bentley, she tells her extraordinary and often controversial tale ``with humility, integrity, wit and sophistication,'' said PW. Photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-03 Farrell, for years the chief muse of New York City Ballet cofounder and master choreographer George Balanchine, has led an extraordinary, frequently controversial life. Here with former NYCB dancer Bentley, she tells of it with humility, integrity, wit and sophistication. Farrell's is first of all a classically American story of a self-made woman: growing up a tomboy and a dance student in a broken home in Cincinnati, Ohio, she struck out at 15 for Manhattan with her mother and sisters on the chance that she might be accepted into the famed School of American Ballet. Discovered, aesthetically molded and eventually wooed by Russian-born Balanchine, she left NYCB in 1969 after it became apparent that her husband, dancer Paul Mejia, could have no career there so long as Mr. B.'s jealous moods prevailed. Farrell returned to the company in 1974 and retired in 1989 at the age of 44, one of the century's greatest ballerinas. The details of her decades as a dancer vie in interest here with those of her private self; she is both discreet and incisive in her views of on- and offstage events. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC alternate. (Sept.)
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