By David Hallberg
Beginning together with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred via 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 bounds 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 lovers will adore, it is a ebook that anybody drawn to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on subject matters like suggestion, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day category, rigorous rehearsals, and positive performances, looking for new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He finds the loneliness he felt as leaving the US 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 affix the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by way of the inventive director who may later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played in the course of 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 decent reexamination of his whole life.
Combining his powers of remark and reminiscence with emotional honesty and creative perception, Hallberg has written an excellent ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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