Agnes George de Mille (1905-1993) was one of the most popular choreographers of American theatre and film in the twentieth century. She was also one of the greatest writers on dance in English, alongside Edwin Denby, Arlene Croce, and Alastair Macaulay.
De Mille published eleven books, a review of the London premiere of Balanchine's Prodigal Son, and a monograph (""Russian Journals""). Sadly, of these, only her biography of Martha Graham remains in print. Leaps in the Dark is a dazzling collection that reintroduces de Mille's astounding written legacy to a new generation of dance enthusiasts. Mindy Aloff's brief introductions provide just enough context to allow de Mille's brilliant portraits to shine all the brighter.
This anthology presents the Prodigal Son review in full, alongside excerpts from the monograph and eight of de Mille's ten books now out of print. The result is a beautifully crafted volume that highlights some of the most engaging, witty, and evocative dance writing ever penned.
Mindy Aloff teaches dance criticism and history at Barnard College. A past fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and Woodrow Wilson Foundations, and a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, she is the author of Dance Anecdotes: Stories from the Worlds of Ballet, Broadway, the Ballroom, and Modern Dance and Hippo in a Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation.