This is the personal story of the creation of a ballet, of a woman's come-back and of the pressures of stardom. Gelsey Kirkland gives an account of her struggle and the passionate energy that she puts into creating the two most demanding roles in ballet - as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" and as Princess Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty". She also ...
This is the personal story of the creation of a ballet, of a woman's come-back and of the pressures of stardom. Gelsey Kirkland gives an account of her struggle and the passionate energy that she puts into creating the two most demanding roles in ballet - as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" and as Princess Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty". She also describes the terrible battles with her body, her fellow dancers, her morale and faith in herself and her triumphs.
In my opinion, this book is not as good as Dancing On My Grave. Of course, Dancing On My Grave is more interesting in terms of the story and the drama, but this book seems to dwell on little things like details about glances between Gelsey and her husband. It was just plain weird and kinda kooky and I think she felt like she had to put a nice blanket over the previous book.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-08-03 In their second book, ballerina Kirkland ( Dancing on My Grave ) and her husband will surprise their followers. Though in the earlier work she was a vocal rebel from the strictures of classical dance--Kirkland argued, often with eloquent ferocity, that ballet in America is a hopelessly skewed and exploitative calling--here she seems to make a dogged peace with herself and her peers. Set in London of 1986, where she was rehearsing her acclaimed comeback in Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Ballet, the sequel allows the authors to expound at length on Kirkland's evolving ideas on how to think about dance, as well as how to dance. We are privy to studio sweat and the banter of a happy marriage, the play of backstage personalities and the inevitable intensity that accompanies creation. The power of Kirkland's obsession is difficult to resist, though its purview is intentionally selective--hardly a hint of gossip or scandal attends this chronicle, unlike its angry predecessor. A spellbound maverick, Kirkland still has plenty to say--and says it memorably. (Sept.)
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