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- DescriptionDai Ailian was one of the great heroines of ballet in China, where she was an ermously respected and influential figure, both for her wide research into Chinese folk dance and her pivotal role in the establishment of ballet, but her name, and her story, are barely kwn in the west. Richard Glasstone w sets them in a wide social and historical context.He charts the journey from Dai's teenage years, studying dance in England, via her involvement with the resistance to the Japanese invasion of China, to her journey into the remote Chinese Borderlands, collecting and recording the dances of the Mirity populations. In 1954 she was appointed Principal of the Beijing Dance School, and in 1963 became Artistic Director of the Chinese National ballet, but her ground-breaking work in establishing and developing classical ballet in China was interrupted by the torious Cultural Revolution and Mao Zedong's decision to banish all foreign influences from Chinese life. Dai was exiled to the countryside to work in the fields for several years but, with characteristic resilience, survived to help the National Ballet recover its former strengths and, indeed, surpass them.
- Author BiographyRichard Glasstone was worked internationally as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. He was Resident Choreographer and Principal Teacher of the Turkish State Ballet from 1965-1969, prior to joining the staff of London's Royal Ballet School where he held the posts of Senior Teacher for Boys and Director of the Dance Composition course. He has written several books on ballet and has contributed articles to may distinguished publications. In 2000 and again in 2005, Glasstone was invited by Dai Ailian to teach and lecture at the Beijing Dance School, which feeds the National Ballet Company of China. It was also at Dai Ailian's request that he undertook to write this biography.
- Author(s)Richard Glasstone
- PublisherDance Books Ltd
- Date of Publication09/01/2008
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationHampshire
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintDance Books Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight180 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine6 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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