24 March 2015
Sarah Jardine-Willoughby introduces some newcomers to the shelves
The library has some interesting dance photography books from the beginning of the 20th century, including The book of the Dance by Arnold Genthe and Studies from the Russian Ballet by E O Hoppé and Bert. We also have several books by Gordon Anthony and Baron in the library as well as a series of books by Serge Lido. We are very pleased with the following additions to our collection.
Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet
Edited by Cristina Franchi
London: Oberon Books, 2007 (Part of the Royal Opera House Heritage Series)
This book is a black and white photographic record of Rudolf Nureyev’s involvement with The Royal Ballet. It includes performance and off-duty pictures of the dancers on tour. The book is divided into different sections relating to the different choreographers with whom he worked. One section is devoted to the Galas in which he danced and ends with a selective chronology, from Nureyev’s first London performance in 1916 to his last with Royal Ballet in 1990. This complements our existing holdings of books on Nureyev, which includes Rudolf Noureev à Paris, published by the Opéra National de Paris.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Photography by Bill Cooper
London: Oberon Books, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2010
A record of the work of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) in colour photographs, with a foreword and chapter introductions by David Bintley. The book is arranged by type of productions: 19th Century ballet, Ballet Russe, Heritage ballet, foreign influences, and so on. There is a section on David Bintley’s work for the company. The last section is devoted to Cinderella. There is a chronology of BRB productions from October 1990 to July 2013, listed A–Z by production not in a chronological order. It is good to have a contemporary book to add to our collection of photographic books on British ballet (which includes books on Sadler’s Wells Ballet by Gordon Anthony and one by John Hart called Ballet and Camera, as well as books by Baron).
Sadler’s Wells Dance House
By Sarah Crompton
London: Oberon Books, 2013
This book celebrates new dance at Sadler’s Wells, opening with the first chapter entitled ‘A New Beginning’. It is about the appointment of five associate artists in 2005, after the appointment of Alistair Spalding as Director of Sadler’s Wells. And witha résumé of Sadler’s Wells dance heritage. Each section is lavishly illustrated with photographs covering different performers and collaborators at Sadler’s Wells. The sections combine the work of a choreographer or performer with an aspect or idea of dance, such as the collaboration between Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, or Sylvie Guillem and the arrival of star power. One chapter called ‘Sadler’s Wells and the World’, looks at visiting companies including Pina Bausch. There are chapters devoted to Matthew Bourne and welcoming an audience, Wayne McGregor and the science of dance, and to Christopher Wheeldon and the balletic tradition. Each chapter has a list of references and there is an index of the photographers.