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1/2/12: Apollo's Angels

Diana Adams in "La Valse" [ca 1951] from the cover of Apollo's Angels
Diana Adams in "La Valse" [ca 1951] from the cover of Apollo's Angels

Ballet has played an important role in Western art for more than 400 years, but the historian and dance critic Jennifer Homans cautions we shouldn't take it for granted. Homans is the author of "Apollo's Angels," which looks at the rich and complex history of ballet. She joins us to talk about the art form and the ways it has renewed itself in the face of political and social upheavals. We'll also talk about the "uncertain moment" Homans says ballet is experiencing now. (Rebroadcast)

Books and music from today's RadioWest:

  • "Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet" by Jennifer Homans
  • Apollon Musag te (1947 Version) - Variation D'Apollon (Apollon Et Les Muses)
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Swan Lake Ballet Music Musical Preparation Given for This Track - Tchaikovsky Ballet Music
  • Schubert, Rosamunde, from Mahler: Symphony No. 3; Schubert: "Rosamunde;" Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra / Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester


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