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Ballet's Magic Kingdom

Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925

Akim Volynsky
Barcode 9780300164497
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Release Date: 25/05/2010

Genre: Music Dance & Theatre
Sub-Genre: Literary Criticism
Label: Yale University Press
Contributors: Stanley J. Rabinowitz (Edited by)
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages: 352

Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925. Akim Volynsky was a Russian literary critic, journalist, and art historian who became Saint Petersburg's most prolific ballet critic in the early part of the twentieth century. This book features a collection of his provocative and influential writings, and provides a look at life inside the world of Russian ballet at a crucial era in its history.

The first translation of the writings of Akim Volynsky, the greatest ballet authority of early twentieth-century Russia

Akim Volynsky was a Russian literary critic, journalist, and art historian who became Saint Petersburg’s liveliest and most prolific ballet critic in the early part of the twentieth century. This book, the first English edition of his provocative and influential writings, provides a striking look at life inside the world of Russian ballet at a crucial era in its history.

Stanley J. Rabinowitz selects and translates forty of Volynsky’s articles—vivid, eyewitness accounts that sparkle with details about the careers and personalities of such dance luminaries as Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Fokine, Tamara Karsavina, and George Balanchine, at that time a young dancer in the Maryinsky company whose keen musical sense and creative interpretive power Volynsky was one of the first to recognize. Rabinowitz also translates Volynsky’s magnum opus, The Book of Exaltations, an elaborate meditation on classical dance technique that is at once a primer and an ideological treatise. Throughout his writings, Rabinowitz argues in his critical introduction, which sets Volynsky’s life and work against the backdrop of the principal intellectual currents of his time, Volynsky emphasizes the spiritual and ethereal qualities of ballet.