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Mirrors and Scrims
The Life and Afterlife of Ballet
Marcia B. Siegel

2010 • 416 pp. 27 B&W illus. 6 x 9 1/4"

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6926-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-6875-5

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7113-7

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“A noble collection of probing dance criticism.”—Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage

How ballet repertory adapts, evolves, and reflects contemporary culture

In this stunning new collection of reviews and essays, dance critic Marcia B. Siegel grapples with the floating identity of ballet, as well as particular ballets, and with the expanding environment of spectacle in which ballet competes for an audience. Drawn from a wide variety of published sources, these writings concentrate on canonical works of ballet and how the performances of these works have been changing in significant ways. Siegel writes with a keen awareness of the history and mythology that surround particular works, while remaining attentive to the new ways in which a work is interpreted and re-presented by contemporary choreographers and dancers. Through her readable and provocative writings, Siegel offers critical insight into performances of the past twenty-five years to give us a new understanding of ballet in performance. The volume includes over one hundred pieces on a variety of ballet topics, from specific dances and dancers to companies and choreographers, ranging from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to Nijinsky, Balanchine, Tharp, and Morris to the Bolshoi, the Joffrey, the Miami City Ballet, the Boston Ballet, to name just a few.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Her writings on Balanchine, especially her effort/shape analysis of his Serenade, and her remembrance of the dance critic and poet Edwin Denby are, by themselves, worth the price of the book—which, for me, is the best she’s published to date.” —Miday Aloff, Dance Magazine

“As a critic, Siegel excels not only for her exposition of the dances, but also for her insight into the implications carried by ballet's changing form. … Her reviews are intelligent and thoughtful, and she often muses on the future of the art, the idiosyncratic influences of its practitioners and the roles of the audience in shaping it Her reviews are easy to read and she deftly leads us by the hand, gesturing to salient elements of pivotal works that have evolved ballet in new and exciting ways.”—Peter DeVries, Dance International

“Siegel's comfort with her subject reveals itself in these articulate, critically aware, thoughtful reflections. Highly recommended.”—T.K. Hagwood, Choice

“This remarkable collection reconfirms Marcia B. Siegel’s stature as one of our most penetrating observers of dance. Ranging from Diaghilev to Balanchine, Forsythe, and Tharp, it masterfully explores issues of history, reinvention, and artistic change in the world of twentieth-century ballet, while evoking memorable artists and performances.”—Lynn Garafola, author of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance

“In Marcia Siegel’s extraordinary new book we see how our experience of ballet is shaped over time. Ballets, from their creation to revival, critical response to influence, begin to occupy a space much greater than any particular performance. Siegel writes on dance with a remarkable multiplicity of perspectives and invites the reader’s own thoughts into the mix. The results are that the history of dance forms anew in our minds and our capacity for seeing has been enriched. Reading Mirrors and Scrims is a dazzling, even Proustian experience.”—Richard Colton, founder/director, Summer Stages Dance


Winner of the Selma Jeanne Cohen Memorial Prize (2010)

MARCIA B. SIEGEL is the author of six books, including Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance (2006), Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey (1987), and the classic study The Shapes of Change: Images of American Dance (1979). She has been a resident faculty member at New York University and is an internationally known lecturer and workshop leader.

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