By David Hallberg
Beginning along with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred by means of 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 provides an “unsparing…inside glance” (The long island Times) and likewise displays on common and relatable topics like notion, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day type, rigorous rehearsals, and positive performances, looking for new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the United States to hitch the Paris Opera Ballet college, the ambition he needed to tame as a brand new member of yankee Ballet Theatre, and the explanations at the back of his headline-grabbing determination to be the 1st American to hitch the head rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by means of the inventive Director who might later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played through the international on the height of his talents, he suffered a crippling ankle harm and botched surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a good reexamination of his complete life.
Combining his powers of statement and reminiscence with emotional honesty and inventive perception, Hallberg has written an exceptional 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 each person with a center” (DC Metro Theater Arts).
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