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Holding on to the air : an autobiography
Farrell, Suzanne
Adult Nonfiction GV1785.F37A3 1990

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Summary: By the time she retired from the stage in 1989, Suzanne Farrell had achieved a career that is without precedent in the history of ballet. This memoir, first published in 1990 and reissued with a new preface by the author, recounts Farrell's transformation from a young girl in Ohio dreaming of greatness to the realization of that dream on stages all over the world. Central to this transformation was her relationship with George Balanchine, who invited her to join the New York City Ballet in the fall of 1961 and was in turn inspired by her unique combination of musical, physical, and dramatic gifts. He created masterpieces for her in which the limits of ballet technique were expanded to a degree not seen before. In Holding On to the Air Farrell recalls professional and personal attachments and their attendant controversies with a down-to-earth frankness and common sense that complement the glories and mysteries of her legendary artistic achievement. Book jacket.

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