Telling the history of dance is not an easy task. I applaud anyone who undertakes such an effort. At the same time, our idea of history needs to be re-examined on a regular basis as new information comes to light.
Recently, I talked with Mark Franko and he shared with me his review of Apollo’s Angels by Jennifer Homans. His analysis and criticism of the book is insightful. I have uploaded the review with his permission. I am interested in our readers comments so please do respond!
Marie Sallé, pictured here, was an important choreographer/dancer in her day. She also had her own troupe of dancers to perform her choreography. Even La Barbarina was mentored by Sallé and performed her choreography at Sans Souci for Frederick the Great. So far Sallé’s great accomplishments are not to be found in dance history books other than a brief mention of her gifts in dancing, and a shallow nod to her as a choreographer. If I have missed this “yet to be written book” or even chapter, please let me know.