K of Bolshoi Ballet by the Artistic director who would later be the of who would later be the victim of vicious acid attack Then as Hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities he suffered a crippling ankle injury and botched surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist *in all his vulnerability passion and wisdom Candid and engrossing The Washington Post A Body of Work is a memoir *all his vulnerability passion and wisdom Candid and engrossing The Washington Post A Body of Work is a memoir everyone with a heart DC Metro Theater Art.

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David Hallberg the first American to oin the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling The New Yorker described as the most exciting male dancer in the western world presents a look at his artistic lifeup to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury that almost cost him his careerBeginning with his real life Billy Elliot childhoodan all American story marred by intense bullyingand culminating in his hard won comeback Hallbergs moving and intelligent Daniel Mendelsohn memoir dives Deep Into Life As into life as artist as he wrestles with ego pushes the limits of his body and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment. .

As one of the worlds most acclaimed ballet dancers Rich in detail ballet fans will adore Hallberg presents an unsparinginside look The New York Times and also reflects on universal and relatable themes like look The New York Times and also reflects on universal and relatable themes like self doubt and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily class rigorous rehearsals and triumphant performances searching for new interpretations of ballets greatest roles He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to oin the Paris roles He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to oin the Paris Ballet School the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre and the reasons behind his headline grabbing decision to be the first American to oin the top ran.
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