The shattering story of a dream which became a heartbreaking nightmare for one of America s most famous ballerinas, Gelsey Kirkland, who chronicles her brilliant start as a dancer with George Balanchine, her legendary partnership with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her agonizing descent into drugs, and her struggles to rise again....
|Title||:||Dancing on My Grave: An Autobiography|
|Publisher||:||Hamish Hamilton Ltd 1987|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||596 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Dancing on My Grave: An Autobiography Reviews
Book has been changed from the original version written about 30 years ago and does not include a lot of things which you must buy a sequel to get. This disappointed me as I wanted the original version, which I read when it was first published. I wanted to now read it as an older person and think it over again along with the ballet world today compared with then. But too much was left out I think in an attempt to get us to buy more books or at least the sequel or another book after this which may have contained what I wanted to know not sure. Perhaps she got rid of a lot of some of the things which were not as flattering yet still they were important and knowing how to her life went and what happened in the ballet World during those times 3 decades ago.
Great memoir from a very gifted dancer--one of my favorites. I read it, 30-some years ago, when it came out, and I gave it to my friend, who had a cocaine addiction--for whom it did not "work, unfortunately, in getting her clean and sober--so I recently decided to get my own copy and read it again. I, too, struggled with substance abuse issues, but I am clean and sober nearly 24 years now. Unfortunately, Gelsey's book didn't have the desired effect on me, either, in that way--maybe because cocaine was something I only occasionally tried and didn't like, unlike her, who abused it a lot before she and Greg Lawrence, her then-husband and co-author, became clean.
Gelsey Kirkland manages to take you first hand into the secret and most hidden world of the Ballet. I find her extremely open and her descriptions are raw and realistic with no apologies for the reality that is being a prima ballerina and belonging to the prestigious American Ballet. She begins her story from a young girl living the Hollywood style life provided by her famous playwright father Jack Kirkland. It gives you a insight on how and why she shaped her future. She is candid and humble in her descriptions and reasonings and does not leave much to the imagination. I found it compelling as I have had a brief history myself doing ballet, but now after reading Gelsey's bio have a very strong understanding to as why now I am not a ballerina! These women and men are truly gifted human beings who's art of dance is truly something to be admired. Saying that, Gelsey leads you thru the road it takes to get there. We see the ballet as pretty and elegant, something little girls dream of being while sleeping in there beds. However, the truth is shockingly different. You will truly relish this book whether or not your a fan of the ballet, an actual ballerina or a lover of the arts.
I bought this for my daughter who is currently studying dance. She will also be attending Gelsey's summer intensive this summer. This book will give you an inside look at the ballet world especially under Ballanchine. This woman deserves a medal for putting up with Balanchine and dating Baryshnikov!!! One thing I can say is that this woman is a survivor! Even though the ballet world is full of women it is mostly run by men directors. Men are treated like Gods in the ballet world. I love that Gelsey Kirkland is a strong female Director in a sea of men who do't have a clue about the female dancer. Although her school seems to be doing extremely well, her summer intensive (SI) has been rated #1 ballet SI in NYC, it is extremely expensive to run a dance school/company especially in NYC. I hope that people continue to donate to her school and support more women directors in the ballet world. Please Donate!!! This book is really about a woman trying to survive in a man's world in the 60's and 70's. The competition for these women is fierce. Highly recommend.
I entered another world reading this book. Gelsey is a fascinating woman and this book does not sugar-coat her world of being such a brilliant, delicate, beautiful dancer. Loved knowing what it was like behind-the-scenes and what other famous ballet dancers and teachers are really like in their private lives. Truly, it was a hard book to put down. I think I read it in two days. So happy I purchased this even though it was not available to download but my used "hard copy" was in excellent condition with lots of gorgeous photos. Engrossing and a great read.
Kirkland complains throughout the entire book. If ballet was so painful and torturous since childhood then why did she stay for so many years? The book comes across as a bitter gossip column by an unstable person. Still she was one of the famed balanchine dancers and contributed to the history of American ballet.
For those that love ballet or do ballet themselves, this is a painfully honest story of one woman's true life events. It shows the power struggle she went through with choreographers and dance partners, trying to earn respect and praise. It's also a cautionary tale of drugs, sex and body image issues. It showcases the mental demons she went through with addiction and battling to overcome physical injuries. I would not allow anyone under 18 read this book due to the graphic nature of the events that happen in her life (almost overdosing on cocaine....etc).
No other autobiography I have read has ever been this powerful. I was pulled into Gelsey's heart and felt her pain. She is probably the most beautiful and amazing dancer that ever was in America. Yet she did not feel beautiful. I could relate to all of Gelsey's struggles and emotional hardships. I recommend this book to all those who enjoy autobiographies, all who enjoy ballet, and especially to those who wish to become dancers. It gives a truly realistic view into the dance world. Will become a favourite. Other books to read; Holding Onto the Air by Suzanne Farrell, The Shape of Love (which is the continuing book to Dancing on My Grave) by Gelsey Kirkland and Greg Lawrence.