Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

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9780819571144: Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

Winner of the The Marfield Prize / National Award for Arts Writing (2011)

Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night’s Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. During her career, Collins endured an era in which racial bias prevailed, and subsequently prevented her from appearing in the South. Nonetheless, her brilliant performances transformed the way black dancers were viewed in ballet. The book begins with an unfinished memoir written by Collins in which she gives a captivating account of her childhood and young adult years, including her rejection by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Dance scholar Yaël Tamar Lewin then picks up the thread of Collins’s story. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Collins and her family, friends, and colleagues to explore Collins’s development as a dancer, choreographer, and painter, Lewin gives us a profoundly moving portrait of an artist of indomitable spirit.

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About the Author:

YA╦L TAMAR LEWIN is a dance historian, writer, and dancer living in New York City.

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“Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins is an enthralling read. It reinforces Collin's struggle, personal strength and ultimate success. While following her dreams with endless energy, she leapt over boundaries.”—Karen Barr, Dance International

“Much of Collins’s career is lost in the gaps of performance history, and Lewin has done wonders to restore to the record the work of this pioneering woman, as well as printing Collins’s forty-odd pages of reminiscences for the first time... Night’s Dancer is a fine contribution both to dance history and the history of segregation in the United States.”—Judith Flanders, Times Literary Supplement

“Lewin helps confirm that Collins is by far an icon of great stature. ... This is a must-read.”—Charmaine Patricia Warren, Amsterdam News

“Lewin's scholarship is commendable, and the stories of how she discovered and assembled her information are almost as engaging as the main narrative.”—Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage

“A conversation about race might naturally turn to personal stories of those who experienced racism in America. Yael Tamar Lewin and Janet Collins, authors of Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins, offer an example of such an experience. Lewin offers much to discuss.”—Kaavonia Hinton, ForeWord

“The reader is given a glimpse of an artist of invincible spirit, a brilliant performer who became a unique concert dance soloist and trailblazer for African Americans. ... This wonderful book also includes numerous photographs, some of Collins’s paintings, which help complete her story. Essential.”—L.K. Rosenberg, Choice

“The book stands as a testament to any dancer today wishing to fulfill their artistic potential in a world that can be unwelcoming and cold. Notably, Lewin’s research on Collins began during her own undergraduate studies and took shape over several years during which a trusting relationship budded between subject and author. This model of scholarship and the resulting work shares lessons on how to handle the narrative of a beloved artist with care.”—New Books in Dance

“[A] remarkable story is told in Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins. Collins was the first African-American dancer to break through the barriers of racial segregation in the US to become a resident ballerina at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1951. An unfinished memoir that has been completed by the dance scholar Yael Tamar Lewin, the book details an incredible career that saw Collins struggle against the bias towards her skin colour by classical ballet companies such as the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, perform as a notable concert dance soloist and become a pioneering advocate for black dancer in her country.” —Dancing Times

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Descrizione libro University Press of New England, United States, 2011. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night s Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. During her career, Collins endured an era in which racial bias prevailed, and subsequently prevented her from appearing in the South. Nonetheless, her brilliant performances transformed the way black dancers were viewed in ballet. The book begins with an unfinished memoir written by Collins in which she gives a captivating account of her childhood and young adult years, including her rejection by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Dance scholar Yael Tamar Lewin then picks up the thread of Collins s story. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Collins and her family, friends, and colleagues to explore Collins s development as a dancer, choreographer, and painter, Lewin gives us a profoundly moving portrait of an artist of indomitable spirit. Codice libro della libreria AAJ9780819571144

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Descrizione libro University Press of New England. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins, Janet Collins, Yael Tamar Lewin, Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night's Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. During her career, Collins endured an era in which racial bias prevailed, and subsequently prevented her from appearing in the South. Nonetheless, her brilliant performances transformed the way black dancers were viewed in ballet. The book begins with an unfinished memoir written by Collins in which she gives a captivating account of her childhood and young adult years, including her rejection by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Dance scholar Yael Tamar Lewin then picks up the thread of Collins's story. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with Collins and her family, friends, and colleagues to explore Collins's development as a dancer, choreographer, and painter, Lewin gives us a profoundly moving portrait of an artist of indomitable spirit. Codice libro della libreria B9780819571144

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