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Ballet Matters

A Cultural Memoir of Dance Dreams and Empowering Realities


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Ballet Matters by Jennifer Fisher
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Part memoir, part dance history, this critical study explores ballet's power to inspire and to embody ideas about politics, race, women's agency, and spiritual development. Women who dance offer perspectives on such questions as: How do dancers deal with lingering stereotypes and new opportunities? How do dancers embody heritages from around globe? What do images projected by ballerinas say to their admirers? The author argues that dance relates to life in powerful, individual ways, and suggests societal shifts. Although ballet can appear (and sometimes is) elite and exclusionary, it also has revolutionary potential, seen here through the eyes of women who experience it.

Author Biography

Former dancer, actor and journalist, Jennifer Fisher is a professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Release date Australia
October 30th, 2018
30 photographs
Country of Publication
United States
McFarland & Co Inc
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