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5 Reasons to Read Jennifer Homans

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5 Reasons to Read Jennifer Homans

A multi-faceted writer and scholar, Jennifer Homans is the Founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in History and European and Mediterranean Studies. Before this, she was a professional dancer, performing with the Pacific Northwest Ballet among other companies. Here are five reasons to read her magnificent Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet.

  • It is unique. For such an enormous field in the arts, there has been relatively nothing written about it from a historical perspective.  No one else has written such a thorough and engaging history of ballet.
  •  It has received universal acclaim. It was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Publishers Weekly.
  • It is inter-disciplinary. I love all things that cross boundaries. A rigorous academic history written by a ballerina for the general reading public definitely can be classified as such.
  • It can be appreciated by everyone. Like Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise—a book with which it shares a strong kinship—Apollo’s Angels uses an artistic field as a platform to explore vast swathes of cultural and political history.
  • It re-invigorates what some consider to be a stale art form. One can only hope that someone will soon write a similar book about opera!

Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet,  by Jennifer Homans, Random House

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Apollo's Angels
By Jennifer Homans
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
Publication Date:
November 29, 2011
ISBN-10 : 0812968743
Apollo's Angels is a major new history of classical ballet. It begins in the courts of Europe, where ballet was an aspect of aristocratic etiquette and a political event as much as it... Read more
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