B Plus: Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre: A Memoir by Michael Langlois

“Rubies, 1986, Ballet du Nord.Photographer: P. Perazio, 1987

B Plus, Dancing for Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre, is the first account written by a dancer of this remarkable period in the history of ballet in America, that of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s directorship of American Ballet Theatre in the 1980s.

“B Plus” is an intimate look at the upper echelons of the dance world as it appeared to a young man who made it to the top of his profession only to discover a vast plateau filled with dancers whose talents and ambitions were often superior to his own.

As Bob Gottlieb, former editor in chief of Simon & Schuster and The New Yorker, has stated: “Michael Langlois’s book is the only one I’ve ever read that’s made me understand what life is like for those dancers talented enough to make a considerable place for themselves in a major company-in his case American Ballet Theatre-yet not quite talented enough to rise to the very top. The intelligence of his perceptions and his generous ability to confront realities are extremely appealing as well as bracingly instructive.”

Michael Langlois.
Michael Langlois.
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