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by Suki Schorer

George Balanchine was one of the greatest choreographers in the history of ballet. Written by a leading teacher at the School of American Ballet who is also one of Balanchine''s former dancers, this is a highly detailed book on the master''s technique.'
Download Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique epub
ISBN: 1852730714
ISBN13: 978-1852730710
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Author: Suki Schorer
Language: English
Publisher: Dance Books; First Edition edition (November 11, 1999)
Pages: 448 pages
ePUB size: 1734 kb
FB2 size: 1382 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 889
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This book is a very comprehensive discussion of virtually every aspect of ballet technique, including topics not usually found elsewhere. It should be kept in mind that first and foremost this is Balanchine technique as interpreted by Suki Shorer. Most of what is presented is excellent. I must tell you that among ballet professionals, including those that have worked and studied with Balanchine himself, this book is very controversial. Most tell me that he never asked for things to be done in some of the ways described in this book. To be fair, it seems that he said different things to different people for the sake of expedience, but there are some things that are really difficult to take. The most significant of these is the concept presented in this book of the use of the heels in jumping. It is claimed here that Balanchine told his dancers not to put the heels down when landing. I have never encountered any dancer, both those that worked with Balanchine as well as those who did not, who would ever do such a thing and they tell me neither did Balanchine. It is considered very dangerous to do that and a major source of injury. Other issues are changements and tendus, to mention just a few of the other points of contention. It is important to keep in mind that this book is not a Bible, it is just a mostly good discussion on one approach to a complex subject.
Loving this book. In fact, since I bought it I have been highlighting all the things I want to remember, which is practically everything. So much interesting information and wonderful insights into the teachings of Mr. B. Love Suki Schorer's way of writing. She welcomes you into her world and you just don't want to leave.
Great book that delves deeper into the intricacies and specificities of Balanchine technique.
Great for any serious, pre-professional dance student and great for teachers.
Very informative book. Loved refreshing my memory in the Balanchine technique. Great quotes from Mr. B.. Also love that I can hear Sukis voice in my head as I read. Great tone.
This book is a comprehensive look at George Balanchine's ballet technique. Balanchine himself thought that he would be remembered more for his teaching than his choreography and Schorer does an excellent job in detailing the technique that he molded for New York City Ballet. The book covers Barre Work, Upper Body, Pointework and Related Releve, Jumps, as well as a section you rarely see covered in a technique book, Partnering. Every exercise is clearly described both in words and with a photograph, and Schorer often includes analogies and other teaching tools that she uses to get her students to understand the particular quality of a movement. This book is an invaluable source of information about ballet technique whether or not you subscribe to what is know as "Balanchine Technique."
I also highly recommend reading "Pointework," also by Schorer, as well as watching the three "Balanchine Essays" videos, where Schorer herself instructs New York City Ballet dancer Merrill Ashley and three students in the areas of Arabesque, Passe and Attitude, and Port de Bras.
This book is comprehensive, well-crafted, interesting to read, and loaded with insightful anecdotes and great photographs on proper Balanchine technique, written by a stellar teaching protege of the choreographic master of the last half century whose output of serious new works dwarfs virtually all efforts by everyone else in that time frame. Suki Schorer (who is listed in Who's Who in America), like very few other people, knows what Balanchine wanted his students to learn, especially regarding his extensions to classical ballet, giving birth to the neoclassical technique which dancers of other schools find so difficult to master, but from which they cannot escape. This book is an inside job, a major contribution to the literature, and truly informative.
Although I am not a dancer, but a ballet lover and aficionado, I found Suki Schorer's record of Balanchine technique fascinating. It is both broadly comprehensive and filled with detail, with the many photographs carefully illustrating the technical description. Yet the book goes far beyond the demonstration of steps. Suki Schorer tells us how Balanchine inspired her, how he acted, how he influenced generations of dancers and profoundly transformed the shape of ballet as an art. How fortunate we have this careful recounting of Balanchine's ballet technique from a true disciple, and that Balanchine's dancers are preserving his legacy, both on stage and via the written word. Ballet, as practiced at the highest levels today, is Balanchine.