Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet Theatre
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Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet Theatre

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Splendidly written and magnificently photographed, Private View is the first behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's premier dance companies and its legendary artistic director.
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Bantam (first published 1988)
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Photographs by Eve Arnold. Even four years after publication, they're still asking $24.50 for this large-format paperback, and that's the main reason I held off buying it for so long. Nonetheless, I'm not sorry I finally succumbed. The photos, as one would expect from celebrity photographer Arnold, present their subjects (mostly the dancers) in interesting & attractive lights. No performance photos - this is strictly backstage stuff. However, Arnold catches that rather "onstage" quality - th...more
I thought Baryshnikov was an interesting character before but this book gave a rare peek inside the ABT, where there is more drama than any soap. Baryshnikov, who directed ABT at the time, comes off as not entirely likable but thoroughly charismatic.
Rachel C.
Jul 11, 2012 Rachel C. rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: PA
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A richly detailed portrait of ABT under Baryshnikov as Artistic Director. This is the best ballet book I've been able to find to date: the writing is elegant and precise, the photographs are intimate and revealing, and the subject is not too far removed from my personal experiences as a ballet-goer.

My favorite chapter was about ABT's grueling travel schedule. ABT is truly a national and international company. 2012's schedule looks like this: Texas, DC, Illinois, California, Virginia, New York, T...more
Incredible photos of some of the greatest dancers of all time. Behind the scenes, gritty documentary style.
This book contains beautiful photos of many of my favorite dancers!
I loved this book when I was teen. Anyone have a cover image?
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