Title: Ballet: the definitive illustrated story
By: Viviana Durante, ed.
Call #: 792.8 Ballet
This is big, beautiful book is the thing for ballet geeks. It’s designed for the coffee table because it’s a book you pick up and just love to page through again and again. The evolution of the art form, the dancers, the choreographers, the composers, costumers, set designers, the dance companies, the glorious theaters–it’s all presented with luscious photographs, lively writing by a variety of contributors and includes synopses of the ballets, timelines of the dancers’ lives and much more. It offers the dance lover and general reader a sense of this important art form’s place in history, and how it affects and is affected by other art forms, politics, social norms, and cultural changes.