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Ballet Across Borders


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Prologue - a return to the ballet world; the transnational context; work as a vocation; classical ballet culture; producing performance; moving and mixing.

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Also available in hardback, 9781859739938 GBP50.00 (October, 1998)

About the Author

Helena Wulff Senior Lecturer,Stockholm University


'Ballet Across Borders is path-breaking, opening up new territory in our understanding of the social nature of art by exploring the way art worlds exist in an international space. It lays the groundwork and sets the terms for future research on the increasingly worldwide organization of the arts.' Professor Howard Becker, author of 'Art Worlds' and 'Tricks of the Trade' 'A revealing and straightforward view of the world of ballet, which only an insider would know.' Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre 'If one test of an ethnography is for participants to recognise themselves and their world, this ethnography of the Western classical ballet world succeeds amply ... This book is a rare attempt to raise the curtain on backstage activities, revealing tantalising glimpses of this "closed" ballet world.' The Australian Journal of Anthropology 'A wealth of anecdotal information about backstage life.' Ethnos 'Wulff begins with a vivid and interesting remembrance of being spellbound at seeing her first ballet; she discusses exceptional experiences of ballet art as experiences that cannot be permanently suppressed ... The chapter "Classical Ballet Culture" offers some excellent observations from the companies.' Choice

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