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Clarke, Mary 1923-2015

Overview
Works: 1,126 works in 1,418 publications in 1 language and 11,114 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Juvenile works  Biography  Pictorial works  Stories, plots, etc  Dictionaries  Biography‡vPictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Mary Clarke
Ballet : an illustrated history by Mary Clarke( Book )

34 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Renaissance Italy was its birthplace; Elizabeth of England and the Sun King encouraged and developed it. First Camargo, then Taglioni, Elssler, and Grisi inspired generations of ballerina-worshippers and respect for the new profession of theatrical dancer. Champagne was drunk from toe-slippers as Paris of the Second Empire unveiled spectacles whose popularity is unimpaired to this day, while French choreographers, engaged in St. Petersburg, linked the dance heritage of Europe to Imperial Russia, where the Tsar's court proved a fertile climate for a new magnificence in stage production and technical advance. In the 20th century, the quixotic Diaghilev--who did not dance, choreograph, paint, or compose, but merely managed and inspired--almost singlehandedly brought the Russian masterpieces to the West, and two fellow émigrés, Pavlova and Nijinsky, captured imaginations and helped to spread the Imperial style around the globe. On this base--from France, from Russia, and distantly from Italy--Fokine, Massine, Nijinska, Balanchine, Rambert, Ashton, Tudor, Cranko, Robbins, and many others have diversely created an art form that is one of the most popular--and forward-looking--of our time. Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp recount the story in rich detail, aided by a wonderfully fresh selection of illustrations, covering not only dancers and dance design but attendant concerns of costume, scenery, technique, criticism, and theatrical taste. They pursue this enterprise 'with a smile,' and the reader, too, will be amused at the image of 19th-century ballerinas en travesti, forced to assume male roles because the classical danseur was held in such low repute; the overweight Louis XIV monopolizing leading parts; Renaissance dancing masters struggling to walk, let alone dance, while wearing some 40 pounds of magnificence. There are tales to inspire sympathy, too: Taglioni danced until she fainted; Pavlova continued on bloody toes; Balanchine fled Russia without a ruble or an advance booking. The lively treatment here accorded a splendid art, complemented by an extensive bibliography, will be an invaluable guide to those who are discovering the pleasures of ballet and want to know more of its background, as well as a useful companion for afficionados, all of whom will find something they did not know before."--Dust jacket
The history of dance by Mary Clarke( Book )

13 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 1,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the orgins and development of dance over the past 2,000 years
The Encyclopedia of dance & ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1977 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ballet goer's guide by Mary Clarke( )

14 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making a ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

16 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of ballet, describes the training and life of a dancer, and discusses a number of ballet companies, performers, choreographers, designers, and composers
Dancer : men in dance by Mary Clarke( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sadler's Wells Ballet; a history and an appreciation by Mary Clarke( Book )

24 editions published between 1953 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballerina : the art of women in classical ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballet art : from the Renaissance to the present by Mary Clarke( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Design for ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

15 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London Contemporary Dance Theatre : the first 21 years by Mary Clarke( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to enjoy ballet by Mary Clarke( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare at the Old Vic by Roger Wood( Book )

2 editions published in 1954 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Classics of the Royal Ballet by Jesse Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plots of six ballets are accompanied by photographs of performances by the Royal Ballet. Included are "The Nutcracker," "Swan Lake," "La Fille Mal Gardée," "Giselle," "Romeo and Juliet," and "The Sleeping Beauty."
Ballet by Robin May( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how ballet began, how ballets are produced, and what is taught in a ballet school. Contrasts modern ballet with classical ballet and introduces all-time favorite ballets
Dancers of Mercury; the story of Ballet Rambert by Mary Clarke( Book )

12 editions published in 1962 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenting people who dance by Mary Clarke( Book )

6 editions published between 1961 and 1963 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is an illustrated book which gives a detailed and interesting account of the world of dance today. Ballet, Indian dance, Spanish dance, folk dance, jive - all are covered in 128 magnificent photographs (16 in colour) and a lively text."--Jacket
Antoinette Sibley by Leslie E Spatt( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ballet in art : from the Renaissance to the present by Mary Clarke( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Clarke, Mary

Languages
English (216)