Passion to Dance: The National Ballet of Canada

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Dundurn, Oct 23, 2011 - Performing Arts - 480 pages
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Passion to Dance is the story of the National Ballet of Canada – the people who dreamt the company into existence, the determination needed to keep it afloat, the bumps on the road to its success, and above all, its passion for dance as a living, evolving art form.

From catch-as-catch-can beginnings – borrowed quarters, tiny stages, enormous dreams the National Ballet has emerged as one of North America's foremost dance troupes. The company at sixty is a company of its time, engaged in creating challenging new work, yet committed to maintaining the classics of the past, favourites like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,and The Sleeping Beauty.

One hundred and fifty photographs from the company's archives illustrate this definitive history, filled with eyewitness accounts, backstage glimpses, and fascinating detail. This is a record of one of Canada's boldest cultural experiments, a book to enjoy now and keep forever.

  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Foreword
13
Chapter One
17
Chapter Two
51
Chapter Three
73
Chapter Four
103
Chapter Five
141
Chapter Six
171
Chapter Eight
237
Chapter Nine
265
Chapter Ten
295
Chapter Eleven
329
A Note on the Appendices
358
Notes
449
Selected Bibliography
468
Index
470

Chapter Seven
201

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About the author (2011)

James Neufeld has been going to the ballet for nearly fifty years and has written extensively about dance and the arts in Canada. Previously, he published Power to Rise and Lois Marshall. He recently retired from a thirty-eight year teaching career at Trent University and lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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