BOOKS

Dancing Away: A Covent Garden Diary

Deborah Bull
1998

Dancing Away: A Covent Garden Diary

Dancing Away is Deborah Bull's diary of a year of change at Covent Garden. It portrays the working life of an artist and her growing political awareness as a new Labour government comes to power. She vividly records the passing months before and after the Royal Opera House closed for two years of rebuilding. The stories she tells give us an insider's perspective on a major arts institution in the midst of turmoil and transformation; a time when 'the House' and its affairs undergo repeated public scrutiny from government and media. Her journal is also a personal account of the effects of living and dancing away from home as The Royal Ballet tours to the United States, Japan and in Europe.

Dancing Away richly records the glamour and grit of a professional dancer's career as she rushes from one engagement to another, changing persona and continent, to fulfil the many parts she plays. With wit and candour Deborah Bull lifts the curtain and invites us behind the scenes of a seductive world and her own eventful life.


Reviews for Dancing Away

"...one of the most amusing and fascinating dance books ever published"

– The Spectator

"...compulsive reading"

– Sunday Times

"...articulate, beautiful, provocative"

– Daily Telegraph

"Bull is self possessed, quick and open. Her tongue is as agile with words as her toes are with music."

– Financial Times