Under My Wings: My Life As An Impresario
Under My Wings: My Life as an Impresario
"This book offers terrific insights on countless personalities, including George Balanchine, Lincoln Kirstein, Jerome Robbins, Lucia Chase, Nora Kaye, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Judith Jamison, and Patrick Dupond. As dancer, teacher, and impresario, Paul Szilard met many colorful as well as bitchy characters, all of whom he describes in humorous detail...The impresario reveals the numerous aspects of the immensely talented but troubled Alvin Ailey...Here is a book so full of blunt comments, vast humor, and pathos that it isn't just for the dance world alone. Even the layman will garner knowledge, drama, and entertainment from it." -Jennie Schulman, Back Stage "...a must for balletomanes and dance historians." -Publishers Weekly
From Publishers Weekly
Szilard, nearing 90, has followed in the impresario tradition of Serge Diaghilev and Sol Hurok, showcasing artists as diverse as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nora Kaye, Maria Tallchief and Judith Jamison, as he entertainingly relates in this chronicle of backstage intrigue in the dance world from the 1950s through the '80s. An established ballet dancer himself, Szilard emigrated from his native Hungary as WWII was breaking, finally reaching the United States in 1950. With pointed wit and self-deprecating charm,...