By David Hallberg
Beginning together with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred by way of excessive bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s courageous memoir dives deep into lifestyles as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the boundaries of his physique, and searches for ecstatic perfection and achievement as one of many world’s so much acclaimed ballet dancers.
While wealthy intimately ballet fanatics will adore, it is a ebook that anybody attracted to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on topics like concept, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day category, rigorous rehearsals, and successful performances, trying to find new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the USA to affix the Paris Opera Ballet, 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 selection to be the 1st American to hitch the head rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered through the inventive director who could later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played during the global on the height of his skills, he suffered a crippling ankle harm and unsuccessful 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 a very good ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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