By David Hallberg
Beginning along with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred through excessive bullying—and culminating in his hard-won comeback, Hallberg’s “moving and clever” (Daniel Mendelsohn) memoir dives deep into lifestyles as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the bounds of his physique, and searches for ecstatic perfection and achievement as one of many world’s so much acclaimed ballet dancers.
Rich intimately ballet enthusiasts will adore, Hallberg offers an “unsparing…inside glance” (The big apple Times) and in addition displays on common and relatable issues like thought, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day type, rigorous rehearsals, and effective performances, trying to find new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the USA to hitch the Paris Opera Ballet college, the ambition he needed to tame as a brand new member of yank Ballet Theatre, and the explanations in the back of his headline-grabbing selection to be the 1st American to hitch the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by means of the creative Director who could later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played through the global on the top of his skills, he suffered a crippling ankle damage and botched surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a good reexamination of his whole life.
Combining his powers of statement and reminiscence with emotional honesty and inventive perception, Hallberg has written an outstanding ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom. “Candid and engrossing” (The Washington Post), A physique of labor is a memoir “for every body with a middle” (DC Metro Theater Arts).
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