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Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

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ISBN13: 9781596433380
ISBN10: 1596433388
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Martha Graham : trailblazing choreographer

Aaron Copland : distinguished American composer

Isamu Noguchi : artist, sculptor, craftsman

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the story behind the scenes of the collaboration that created APPALACHIAN SPRING, from its inception through the scores composition to Marthas intense rehearsal process. The authors collaborator is two-time Sibert Honor winner Brian Floca, whose vivid watercolors bring both the process and the performance to life.

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"Greenberg and Jordan (Action Jackson; Christo and Jeanne-Claude) continue to carve out their art-focused niche with this inspired book about collaboration. The now classic 1944 ballet, Appalachian Spring, serves as a fine model, showcasing three great artists: dancer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland, and set designer Isamu Noguchi. Readers see the fascinating creative process unfold, from Graham's germ of an idea about American settlers to the ballet's opening night. They will also gain insight into each artist: 'The movements are not always pretty. Not everyone likes Martha's new way of dancing. Audiences have booed her performances, but Martha never lets that stop her,' and 'Aaron's music suggests the movement, fires the dancers' imaginations, dares them to do more.' In spot art and full-bleed scenes, Floca's (Moonshot) muted, elegantly composed watercolors capture Noguchi's avant-garde set ('spare and angular, like Martha's way of dancing'), and the posture and movement of the dancers. Capturing the drama of dance, music, and stage design in a two-dimensional format is no easy feat, but this team does it with a noteworthy grace of their own. Ages 6 — 10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

JAN GREENBERG and SANDRA JORDAN are the authors of many distinguished books about art, including ACTION JACKSON and CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: Through the Gates and Beyond. Ms. Greenberg lives in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Jordan lives in New York, NY.

BRIAN FLOCA has written and/or illustrated over a dozen books, including MOONSHOT: The Flight of Apollo 11 and LIGHTSHIP (Sibert Award Honor Books). A native of Texas, Brian lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Klickitat, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Klickitat)
Ballet for Martha shares the story of how dancer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland, and architect Isamu Noguchi collaborated to create the renowned dance performance, Appalachian Spring. Readers encounter the entire process of creating Appalachian Spring, from its origins in Graham's imagination, to its adaptation and expansion in light of Copland's completed score and Noguchi's set design, to the night of the first performance. Greenberg doesn't shy away from portraying collaboration and the process of creating art as difficult. We learn that all of the artists involved in the project struggled to bring the project to life. Despite being 2-D and static, Floca's excellent water color illustrations manage to capture the exuberance of the original performance. Source notes, a bibliography, and biographies of Graham, Copland, and Noguchi are presented at the book's end. An excellent introduction to Appalachian Spring as well as the careers of three indispensable American artists.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596433380
Author:
Greenberg, Jan
Publisher:
Flash Point
Illustrator:
Floca, Brian
Author:
Jordan, Sandra
Author:
Floca, Brian
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Performing Arts
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Copland, Aaron
Subject:
Ballets
Subject:
Performing Arts - Dance
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.50 x 10.00 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
06-10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Greenberg and Jordan (Action Jackson; Christo and Jeanne-Claude) continue to carve out their art-focused niche with this inspired book about collaboration. The now classic 1944 ballet, Appalachian Spring, serves as a fine model, showcasing three great artists: dancer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Copland, and set designer Isamu Noguchi. Readers see the fascinating creative process unfold, from Graham's germ of an idea about American settlers to the ballet's opening night. They will also gain insight into each artist: 'The movements are not always pretty. Not everyone likes Martha's new way of dancing. Audiences have booed her performances, but Martha never lets that stop her,' and 'Aaron's music suggests the movement, fires the dancers' imaginations, dares them to do more.' In spot art and full-bleed scenes, Floca's (Moonshot) muted, elegantly composed watercolors capture Noguchi's avant-garde set ('spare and angular, like Martha's way of dancing'), and the posture and movement of the dancers. Capturing the drama of dance, music, and stage design in a two-dimensional format is no easy feat, but this team does it with a noteworthy grace of their own. Ages 6 — 10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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