By David Hallberg
Beginning together with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred through extreme bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s courageous memoir dives deep into lifestyles as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the bounds of his physique, and searches for ecstatic perfection and achievement as one of many world’s so much acclaimed ballet dancers.
While wealthy intimately ballet lovers will adore, this can be a publication that any one drawn to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on issues like notion, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day type, rigorous rehearsals, and victorious performances, looking for new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the United States to hitch the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he needed to tame as a brand new member of yankee Ballet Theatre, and the explanations at the back of his headline-grabbing choice to be the 1st American to affix the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered through the creative director who may later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played through the international on the top of his skills, he suffered a crippling ankle harm and unsuccessful surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a good reexamination of his whole life.
Combining his powers of remark and reminiscence with emotional honesty and creative perception, Hallberg has written a very good ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back by David Hallberg