By David Hallberg
Beginning together with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred by means of extreme 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 such a lot acclaimed ballet dancers.
While wealthy intimately ballet enthusiasts will adore, it is a e-book that anybody attracted to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on subject matters like notion, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he is taking readers into day-by-day category, rigorous rehearsals, and positive performances, trying to find new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He finds 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 in the back of his headline-grabbing choice to be the 1st American to hitch the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered via the inventive director who could later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played during the global on the top of his skills, he suffered a crippling ankle damage and unsuccessful surgical procedure resulting in an agonizing retreat from ballet and a good reexamination of his whole life.
Combining his powers of remark and reminiscence with emotional honesty and inventive 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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