The Bones of Dance

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Brad Bartlett

Research, Book Design, Print


The Bones of Dance expresses the evolution of ballet from the Italian Renaissance court dance to American ballet under George Balanchine. The narrative reveals the rigorous training, personal challenges and societal pressures that ballerinas cope with in order to achieve the ever-elusive goal of perfection.

(1) History of ballet and pointe, an introduction to George Balenchine and three interviews about the daily life of ballerinas.

Bridge: 32 vellum pages of still frames taken from Black Swan’s signature move — 32 Fouettés.

(2) A sequence of analytical essays and personal stories talking about the unseen mental and physical struggles of ballerinas off-stage.

366 pages
6.5 in x 10 in
Saddle sewn


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