By David Hallberg
Beginning along with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred via severe bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg’s courageous memoir dives deep into existence as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the bounds of his physique, and searches for ecstatic perfection and success as one of many world’s such a lot acclaimed ballet dancers.
While wealthy intimately ballet fanatics will adore, it is a booklet that anybody attracted to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on topics like thought, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he's taking readers into day-by-day classification, rigorous rehearsals, and victorious performances, trying to find new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths the loneliness he felt as leaving the United States to hitch 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 determination to be the 1st American to affix the head rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered via the creative director who might later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played in the course of the global on the top of his talents, he suffered a crippling ankle damage and unsuccessful surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a good reexamination of his complete life.
Combining his powers of remark and reminiscence with emotional honesty and inventive perception, Hallberg has written a good ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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