Ballet - and Then?: Biographies of Dancers who No Longer Dance

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BoD – Books on Demand, 2006 - Ballet dancers - 272 pages
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What becomes of ballet dancers when they finally leave the stage, when their last curtain falls? Maja Langsdorff, journalist, writer and a former ballet dancer, interviewed 27 former dancers and recorded their life stories from their first ballet steps to their lives after dance. At the time of their interviews they were between 21 and 62 years old, their careers had ended from three months to 34 years ago. Dancers give a lot, if not everything, in the performances. They live their lives in the limelight. In ballet, profession and calling are united: passion and suffering are often close to each other. For most dancers, their time is up at thirty, thirty-five. They disappear from view. One doesn't hear anything about them anymore; as if they were swallowed up by the earth. This book investigates their fates. These short biographies show what formed them, what moved them, what influenced them. And the portraits leave no doubt, that dancers are special people; even if they no longer dance.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Elaine
33
GŁnter
49
Liane
65
Veronika
81
Regine
99
Raymond
115
Doris
123
Alexandra
175
Frauke
183
Anna
193
HeideMarie
201
Claudia
211
Heidrun
219
Richard
229
Lisa
237

Sophie
131
Debby and Glenn
139
Annette
149
Sabine
159
Frank
167
Thomas
247
Epilogue
255
Further Info
265
Acknowledgements
271
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