Dance, Dance Rev­o­lu­tion

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Bal­let buffs will rec­og­nize the name Vaslav Ni­jin­sky, the Rus­sian dancer and chore­og­ra­pher widely con­sid­ered to be one of the great­est of the 20th cen­tury, but this his­tor­i­cal read by Eva Stach­niak piv­ots its per­spec­tive to his younger sis­ter, Bro­nia. While her brother’s fame af­fords her op­por­tu­ni­ties, it also over­shad­ows her own tal­ent. Bro­nia is faced with dif­fi­cult choices: dance in tra­di­tional or avant-garde bal­let? Stay in or flee rev­o­lu­tion­ary Rus­sia? Stach­niak tells a cap­ti­vat­ing decades-span­ning tale that raises poignant ques­tions about phys­i­cal, men­tal and artis­tic bar­ri­ers. — Sarah Dziedzic The Cho­sen Maiden (Dou­ble­day Canada) by Eva Stach­niak, $24.

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