An Invitation to the Ballet (Hardcover)

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Item: 9781803380391


An Invitation to the Ballet (Hardcover)
by Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Helen Shoesmith

“A well-rounded look at life in the theater.” – Booklist 

Open the envelope to discover your very own invitation to the ballet, asking you to take a tour and peek behind the scenes to see what goes on between performances.

Explore the lesser-known areas of the theatre, such as the shoe room, the rehearsal studio and the healthcare suite. Open the gatefolds to display the costume department, the set-building workshops, and a performance live on stage.

Learn about famous ballets such as Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake as you turn the pages. With beautifully intricate illustrations, you’ll discover more wonderful details each time you read the book.

Special items include an envelope containing your pull-out invitation, and 3 large gatefolds.

  • Publisher: Welbeck Editions; Bilingual edition (November 15, 2022)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Ages: 6 - 8 years
  • Dimensions: 9.25” W 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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