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Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina

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Publisher Comments:

The definitive autobiography in a new paperback edition!
"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment. . . . Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."--The New Yorker
 
"Tallchief's autobiography provides us with many stories, insights, even passing remarks that shed light on both this crucial moment in dance history and Balanchine's elusive personality. Tallchief has now given us her definitive and convincing account of Balanchine as choreographer, teacher, husband, friend."--New York Times Book Review

 

Synopsis:

In broad outline it sounds like a fairy tale: the daughter of a full-blooded Oklahoma Osage Indian and a determined Scots-Irish mother, Maria became one of the world's legendary performers before her twenty-third birthday. Hers is a story of passion and commitment, an unvarnished memoir that trembles with the joys and rigors of a dancer's life - a woman who, like Colette, Coco Chanel, or Maria Callas, understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her. Present at the creation of the world-famous New York City Ballet, she became the inspiration and wife of George Balanchine, the century's extraordinary ballet master. Together they brought dance to center stage in America's cultural life. Maria Tallchief thrilled America in the title role of Balanchine's first Firebird, reduced audiences to awed silence in his Swan Lake and Orpheus, and created the role of Balanchine's "Sugar Plum Fairy" in the ballet Nutcracker, which will delight audiences of all ages as long as dancers perform it. How all this magic was achieved is the heart of this fascinating self-portrait; the soul is the dancer herself.

Synopsis:

The definitive autobiography in a new paperback edition!
"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment. . . . Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."--The New Yorker
 
"Tallchief's autobiography provides us with many stories, insights, even passing remarks that shed light on both this crucial moment in dance history and Balanchine's elusive personality. Tallchief has now given us her definitive and convincing account of Balanchine as choreographer, teacher, husband, friend."--New York Times Book Review
"Tastefully yet candidly told . . . a life story that abounds with droll tales and with detailed descriptions of her roles in Balanchine's The Firebird, The Nutcracker, Orpheus, and Sylvia, among others. Tallchief is equally frank and lively in describing her career after Balanchine, including an affair with the nubile Rudolf Nureyev."--Kirkus
 
"Tallchief, the daughter of a full-blooded Osage Indian father and a mother of Scotch-Irish descent, was the queen of American ballet in its glory years. . . . her life story reads like a fairy tale, but one in which the princess must pay a high price for her magical gifts. Tallchief devoted herself to ballet at an early age, achieving instant recognition when she went to New York in 1942 at age 17. Immediately accepted as a member of the Ballet Russe, she caught the fervent attention of the controversial and brilliant choreographer George Balanchine. He made Tallchief not only his prima ballerina--creating unforgettable roles for her that called for 'pyrotechnical virtuosity and limitless stamina'--but also his wife. Her descriptions of working with Balanchine and Stravinsky are fascinating and exhilarating."--Booklist

Synopsis:

The life of the legendary ballerina Maria Tallchief is told in her own words. Her fascinating memoir is the story of the rigors and pleasures of a dancer's life--an artist's rapid rise to fame that began on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Tallchief introduced ballet to the American public and became George Balanchine's wife and muse. Recipient of the 1996 Kennedy Center Honor. of photos.

About the Author

Maria Tallchief was George Balanchine's muse for twenty years and his wife for six. Together they made the New York City Ballet an essential part of American culture, with his choreography and her dazzling, technically bravura dancing. Tallchiefreceived the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996. She lives in Chicago.

Larry Kaplan writes frequently for Ballet Review and has assisted in biographies of Merrill Ashley and Edward Villella. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813028460
With:
Kaplan, Larry
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
With:
Kaplan, Larry
Author:
Kaplan, Larry
Author:
Tallchief, Maria
Subject:
Dance - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Dancers
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Index
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in 1.43 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In broad outline it sounds like a fairy tale: the daughter of a full-blooded Oklahoma Osage Indian and a determined Scots-Irish mother, Maria became one of the world's legendary performers before her twenty-third birthday. Hers is a story of passion and commitment, an unvarnished memoir that trembles with the joys and rigors of a dancer's life - a woman who, like Colette, Coco Chanel, or Maria Callas, understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her. Present at the creation of the world-famous New York City Ballet, she became the inspiration and wife of George Balanchine, the century's extraordinary ballet master. Together they brought dance to center stage in America's cultural life. Maria Tallchief thrilled America in the title role of Balanchine's first Firebird, reduced audiences to awed silence in his Swan Lake and Orpheus, and created the role of Balanchine's "Sugar Plum Fairy" in the ballet Nutcracker, which will delight audiences of all ages as long as dancers perform it. How all this magic was achieved is the heart of this fascinating self-portrait; the soul is the dancer herself.
"Synopsis" by ,
The definitive autobiography in a new paperback edition!
"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment. . . . Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."--The New Yorker
 
"Tallchief's autobiography provides us with many stories, insights, even passing remarks that shed light on both this crucial moment in dance history and Balanchine's elusive personality. Tallchief has now given us her definitive and convincing account of Balanchine as choreographer, teacher, husband, friend."--New York Times Book Review
"Tastefully yet candidly told . . . a life story that abounds with droll tales and with detailed descriptions of her roles in Balanchine's The Firebird, The Nutcracker, Orpheus, and Sylvia, among others. Tallchief is equally frank and lively in describing her career after Balanchine, including an affair with the nubile Rudolf Nureyev."--Kirkus
 
"Tallchief, the daughter of a full-blooded Osage Indian father and a mother of Scotch-Irish descent, was the queen of American ballet in its glory years. . . . her life story reads like a fairy tale, but one in which the princess must pay a high price for her magical gifts. Tallchief devoted herself to ballet at an early age, achieving instant recognition when she went to New York in 1942 at age 17. Immediately accepted as a member of the Ballet Russe, she caught the fervent attention of the controversial and brilliant choreographer George Balanchine. He made Tallchief not only his prima ballerina--creating unforgettable roles for her that called for 'pyrotechnical virtuosity and limitless stamina'--but also his wife. Her descriptions of working with Balanchine and Stravinsky are fascinating and exhilarating."--Booklist

"Synopsis" by , The life of the legendary ballerina Maria Tallchief is told in her own words. Her fascinating memoir is the story of the rigors and pleasures of a dancer's life--an artist's rapid rise to fame that began on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Tallchief introduced ballet to the American public and became George Balanchine's wife and muse. Recipient of the 1996 Kennedy Center Honor. of photos.
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