Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated Story

Non-Fiction, Music, Classical Music, Dance
Hardback Published on: 06/09/2018
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Perfect for all ballet lovers
Have you got a Ballet enthusiast in your family? Or so you know someone interested in Ballet? If so this is the ideal present for them. It tells you the wh... READ MORE
Gemma at Elgin
Beautiful and Interesting
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book to review* This book is perfect for any budding ballerina or just someone that admires the ... READ MORE
Samantha at Southend
Stunning - A perfect gift for any age
'Ballet' is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time! This book would make the perfect gift for any age, whether you know a budding Darcy... READ MORE
Rebecca At Waterstones Northallerton
Beautiful Illustrations.
'The very essence of ballet is poetic, deriving from dreams rather than reality' Theophile Gautier. The credits of Ballet begin with this quote which defin... READ MORE
Emma at Orpington


Uncover the most mesmerising moments in ballet history with this scintillating visual guide.

Written with ballet legend Viviana Durante, this book will introduce you to the most famous performers and enthrall you with fascinating stories.

Discover more than 70 celebrated dances, from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to The Rite of Spring. Learn about renowned companies such as The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. Explore the lives of ballet dancers across the centuries, such as Margot Fonteyn, Carlos Acosta, and Darcey Bussell, and meet composers and choreographers, including the likes of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Matthew Bourne.

Tracing the history of ballet all the way from its origins at court and the first institutes to the contemporary scene, this comprehensive yet accessible volume offers an unrivalled overview of this dance form.

Rarely seen photographs covering key figures, pieces, and performances, alongside compelling facts about each dance - the sources they draw from, their production history, and their reception over time - make for a sumptuous visual treat and an essential gift for all dance and ballet enthusiasts.

  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241302316
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Weight: 2114g
  • Dimensions: 308 x 258 x 27 mm

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Beautiful Ballet
A sophisticated and elegant book. It details so many aspects of this performance art from it's beginning in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th / ... READ MORE
Liz  Gaydon
Perfect for Ballet Lovers
This is a beautifully compiled history of ballet. It covers the most significant, innovative, and pioneering dances, performers, composers, choreographers... READ MORE
Gemma McConville
I bought this book as a young dancer and I love it. It is huge! I also used this to help me write my English Language Speech on the history of ballet. Very... READ MORE
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