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David Hallberg: A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back

PHOENIX | 7PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

David Hallberg
A Body of Work

CO-PRESENTED BY
Ballet Arizona
David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer, presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career.

In conversation with Ib Andersen, the Artistic Director at Ballet Arizona.


David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as "the most exciting male dancer in the western world," presents an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career.

Beginning with his real-life Billy Elliot childhood—an all-American story marred by intense bullying—and culminating in his hard-won come-back, Hallberg's brave memoir dives deep into life as an artist as he wrestles with ego, pushes the limits of his body, and searches for ecstatic perfection and fulfillment as one of the world's most acclaimed ballet dancers.

While rich in detail ballet fans will adore, this is a book that anyone interested in a life of creativity will love. Hallberg reflects on themes like inspiration, self-doubt, and perfectionism as he takes readers into daily classes, rigorous rehearsals, and triumphant performances, searching for new interpretations of ballet's greatest roles. He reveals the loneliness he felt as a teenager leaving America to join the Paris Opera Ballet, the ambition he had to tame as a new member of American Ballet Theatre, and the reasons behind his headline-grabbing decision to be the first American to join the top rank of Bolshoi Ballet, tendered by the artistic director who would later be the victim of a vicious acid attack. Then, as Hallberg performed throughout the world at the peak of his abilities, he suffered a crippling ankle injury and unsuccessful surgery leading to an agonizing retreat from ballet and an honest reexamination of his entire life.

Combining his powers of observation and memory with emotional honesty and artistic insight, Hallberg has written a great ballet memoir and an intimate portrait of an artist in all his vulnerability, passion, and wisdom. More »
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10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | MICHAEL BROOKS CRYER: SELECTED PROVERBS | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe. Featured reader Michael Brooks Cryer reads from his award-winning book of poems Selected Proverbs. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
8am | PHOENIX / TEMPE | Both Changing Hands locations open early at 8am.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
9am | TEMPE | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holidays.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
12-6pm | PHOENIX | HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET | The 2017 Artisan Market at The Newton (home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar) features Arizona artists offering 100% local handmade work on the last Sunday before Christmas. Featuring jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paint, fiber and more.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study the cultures of Italy and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information, call 480.650.9509 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MICAH | Storyteller Micah from the Tempe Public Library joins us for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID HALLBERG | A BODY OF WORK: DANCING TO THE EDGE AND BACK | David Hallberg, the first American to join the famed Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer, and the dazzling artist The New Yorker described as "the most exciting male dancer in the western world," presents his memoir, A Body of Work, an intimate journey through his artistic life up to the moment he returns to the stage after a devastating injury almost cost him his career. In conversation with Ib Anderson, the Artistic Director at Ballet Arizona. Co-presented by Ballet Arizona. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23
8am | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY OPENING | Both locations of Changing Hands open early at 8am.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

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9am | TEMPE | EARLY OPENING | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holiday.
5pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands close early at 5pm to observe Christmas Eve.

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PHOENIX / TEMPE | CLOSED | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands are closed to observe the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas!

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State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook

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State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook (Hardcover) As a lover of cookbooks I look for two things: unique and exciting flavors and the actual practicality of the recipes in the book. Some cookbooks are coffee table cookbooks, with ingredients and methods that only a lot of experience and money could pull off. State Bird Provisions is not one of those. We had the pleasure of visiting the restaurant a few years back and this cookbook contains a lot of the main hits from there. They're meant to be a play on dim-sum, served in small plates for you to share and try. It starts with your base seasonings, stocks, and sauces, and builds from there. Every recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for dinner or entertaining.  —Van-Lam, Staff Picks 2017

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