Find of the day (through the forums at ballet.co) was this fantastic interview with Leo Kersley . It’s an amazing account of ballet in England right from the earliest days of the 20th century, full of
extraordinary insights. It’s hosted by the Theatre Archive Project, well worth visiting in its own right.
In case you don’t know, Leo Kersley is amongst other things the author of my favourite ballet dictionary. I love dictionaries, and unlike most people, I tend to read them from cover to cover like normal books, or at least spend rather more time browsing them than normal humans.
That’s how I discovered that my favourite ballet dictionary was the one pictured left. Now there’s a dictionary with real style, personality and humour, and with the kind of insight and knowledge in it that is hard to achieve through normal lexicographic routes. He knows what you need to know as both and insider and outsider, and there are words, concepts and comparative definitions in there that I’ve not seen equalled elsewhere. When I read the interview at the Theatre Archive Project, I recognised the voice instantly. Wonderful stuff, and what a brilliant project the TAP is.