David Hallberg is a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre in New York. He was the first American to join the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow as a Principal Dancer. He continues to dance around the world and is a Resident Guest Artist with The Australian Ballet. He has also started the David Hallberg Scholarship, mentoring young aspiring boys in a career in ballet, and the Innovation Initiative, a platform for emerging choreographers, both at American Ballet Theatre. A Body of Work is his first book.
Candid and engrossing...It's about love--crazy, confusing love, an artist's obsessive love for his art. --The Washington Post Elegant...fascinating...inspiring...Anyone interested in the creative process will appreciate this thoughtful account of the life of an accomplished artist. --Booklist It comes as no surprise that David Hallberg's moving and intelligent memoir should display the extraordinary qualities--of intelligence, elegance, liveliness and, yes, wit--that have marked his extraordinary dancing over the past decade. This tale of an artist's crisis and astonishing recovery eschews any self-pity, instead taking power from the strengths characteristic of the best dancers: resilience, unsentimental self-awareness, and an inextinguishable joy. A wonderful book for balletomanes and everyone else. --Daniel Mendelsohn David demonstrates well the emotional as well as physical demands of dance. --Twyla Tharp Unsparing...an inside look at...the endless hours of rehearsal, the preparation that informs the tiniest of details, the constant traveling, the brief thrill of performance. --The New York Times An inspiring story of Hallberg's rise to the pinnacle of his profession and his battle to reclaim his career. A moving...account of every dancer's worst nightmare and the sacrifices required to overcome it. --Kirkus Reviews Compelling...for anyone who would like to get to an intimate view of the creative process and the challenges, dedication, and euphoria of being an artist....It's a book for everyone with a heart. --DC Metro Theater Arts What makes A Body of Work a must-read is the raw honesty with which Hallberg describes the intense lonliness of a jet-setting career, his oscillation between extreme perfectionism and uninspired listlessness, and his harrowing mindset as he faced, and ultimately overcame, what was nearly a career-ending injury. --Dance Magazine Performing as effortlessly on the page as he does on the stage, Hallberg, who returned to ABT in top form this year, writes about the technicalities of his craft with clarity and precision. Readers of every taste will find much to relish in his inspiring book (balletomanes will consume it in a couple of sittings). Should Hallberg choose to take it on when he retires, a new role may await him: writer. --BookPage