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Fanny Elssler


Fanny Elssler

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    Ivor Guest(Author)
Fanny Elssler was one of the most brilliant stars of the Romantic ballet.The accepted rival of Taglioni, she represented the passionate expression of the dance. Théophile Gautier distinguished the two ballerinas by describing Elssler as a pagan dancer and Taglioni as a Christian dancer.There was no doubt that it was Elssler he preferred. Her style found its true expression in her famous Spanish character dance: the Cachucha, but even more, it was her dramatic genius that conquered the audiences before whom she appeared. She approached, more closely than any other ballerina of her time, the ideal of the complete dancer-actress, and her example lives on today in the tradition which modern ballerinas follow in the role of Giselle. In Ivor Guest's biography her performances come vividly to life through eye-witness accounts, and the story of her life is told with a wealth of detail, much of it hitherto unpublished. Among the highlights are Elssler's adventurous tour of the United States (she was the first great ballerina to cross the Atlantic), her fantastic triumphs in Russia, her sentimental friendship with the great publicist, Gentz, and the persistent legend of her liaison with the son of Napoleon. Based on wide research, this is a definitive study of one of the greatest figures in the history of ballet.

Ivor Guest began his research into the history of ballet over sixty years ago, and has published more than thirty books on the subject. Many of his books are standard specialist works noted not only for the depth of his research and his understanding of the political, social, and artistic background, but for their readability. He has long been prominently involved with the Royal Academy of Dance, which, under his chairmanship from 1969 to 1993, enjoyed a period of great expansion, and of which he is now a Vice-President.

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  • PDF | 318 pages
  • Ivor Guest(Author)
  • Dance Books Ltd (30 Jun. 2014)
  • English
  • 5
  • Music, Stage & Screen
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