Ballet Matters

A Cultural Memoir of Dance Dreams and Empowering Realities

Not Yet Published


FALL 2018

Available on backorder

About the Book

Part memoir, part dance history and ethnography, this critical study explores ballet’s power to inspire and to embody ideas about politics, race, women’s agency, and spiritual experience. Women who dance—and who watch dance—gain perspectives on such questions as: What do images projected by ballerinas say to their admirers? Can ballet be like a blueprint for life or a religious experience? How do dancers embody heritages from around globe?
The author argues that dance relates to life in powerful, individual, and communal ways, reflecting culture and embodying new ideas. Although ballet can appear (and sometimes is) elite and exclusionary, it also has revolutionary potential, seen here through the eyes of women who experience it.

About the Author(s)

Former dancer, actor and journalist, Jennifer Fisher is a professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Bibliographic Details

Jennifer Fisher
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7475-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3468-5
Imprint: McFarland