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June 2010 Featured Book

Ecological  Intelligence by Dan GolemanBallet's Magic Kingdom
by Professor Stanley Rabinowitz

"This is a fantastic book." - New York Times Book Review

Akim Volynsky was a Russian literary critic, journalist, and art historian who became Saint Petersburg's liveliest and most prolific ballet critic in the early part of the twentieth century. This book, the first English edition of his provocative and influential writings, provides a striking look at life inside the world of Russian ballet at a crucial era in its history. Professor Rabinowitz selects and translates forty of Volynsky's articles--vivid, eyewitness accounts that sparkle with details about the careers and personalities of such dance luminaries as Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Fokine, Tamara Karsavina, and George Balanchine. He also translates Volynsky's magnum opus, The Book of Exaltations, an elaborate meditation on classical dance technique that is at once a primer and an ideological treatise.