By David Hallberg
Beginning together with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American tale marred through 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 boundaries 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 e-book that any one attracted to a lifetime of creativity will love. Hallberg displays on issues like idea, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he's taking readers into day-by-day classification, rigorous rehearsals, and positive performances, trying to find new interpretations of ballet’s maximum roles. He unearths 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 selection to be the 1st American to affix the pinnacle rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by way of the inventive director who may later be the sufferer of a vicious acid assault. Then, as Hallberg played during the international 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 decent reexamination of his whole life.
Combining his powers of commentary and reminiscence with emotional honesty and creative perception, Hallberg has written a very good ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, ardour, and wisdom.
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