A Classic Picture Book Collection: The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake (Hardcover)

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Item: 9781534462427


A Classic Picture Book Collection: The Nutcracker; The Sleeping Beauty; Swan Lake (Hardcover)
by New York City Ballet; illustrated by Valeria Docampo

This enchanting collection of lavishly illustrated storybooks include three classic tales for the modern ballet lover, as told and reimagined by the New York City Ballet.

In the first holiday classic, based on the New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, readers are invited to join Marie and her Nutcracker Prince on a magical journey. Then in the second tale, The Sleeping Beauty, little ones will get swept away to a beautiful kingdom where a princess falls into a deep sleep. And finally, in the third story, ballet lovers can dive into the dramatic and stunning story of Swan Lake.

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. The company was founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirsten, and it quickly became known for its athletic and contemporary style. Widely acknowledged for its enduring contributions to dance, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers.

Valeria Docampo taught art and graphic design before dedicating herself to illustrating full-time. She resides in Lyon, France.

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; boxed set edition (December 24, 2019)
  • Ages: 4-8 years
  • Box Dimensions: 9” W x 1.5” D x 11.25” H

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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