Books by Marina Grut (née Keet)

The Spanish Dance
Summary: Notes compiled from lectures on this subject given at the University of Cape Town's public Summer Schools of 1972 and 1974; illustrated by Peter Cazalet. Contents: (1) Historical background; (2) Regional dances – Basque Provinces, Galicia, Asturias, Aragon and the Jota, Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia, Castile and the Seguidillas, the Bolero, Leon, Extremadura, Andalusia and the Fandango. (3) Flamenco. (4) Court dancing. (5) From court to classical dancing. (6) Neo-classical dances. (7) Religious dances. (8) Castanets. (9) Bibliography.
Author: This book was written under Marina Grut's maiden and stage name "Marina Keet".
Year and place of publication: 1975, Cape Town.
Publisher: Board of Extra-Mural Studies, University of Cape Town.
Obtainable from, and price: Sherrill Wexler, Executive Administrator, Spanish Dance Society, 1 Blackett Close, Staines, TW18 3NW, UK; phone/fax 44-1784-460419. Price £19 excluding postage.
Size: 51 A4 pages (21 x 30 cm), 1½-spacing
UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) library number: 793.31(46)

The History of Ballet in South Africa
Summary: Deals with the history of ballet in South Africa from 1802 to 1979, but with emphasis on the 20th century, and with a chapter on the influences on South African ballet. Contains extensive annexes on: (1) Chronological summaries, region by region. (2) Notes on visitors' performances. (3) The Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) in South Africa. (4) Biographies of South African ballet personalities (74 pages). (5) Lists of ballets performed in South Africa from 1802 to 1979 (26 pages). (6) Dancers and other staff of ballet companies in South Africa from 1934 to 1979.
Year and place of publication: 1981, Cape Town
Publisher: Human & Rousseau Publishers (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town.
ISBN: 0-7981-1089-9
Obtainable from, and approximate price: Out of print, but obtainable from sellers of rare or used books, found e.g. on the website www.justbooks.co.uk; prices generally lie between US$10 and US$40.
Illustrations: Colour and black & white.
Size: 492 pages of 17 x 24 cm
UDC library number: 792.8(680)

The Jota
Summary (contents): (1) The style and history of the Jota in general. (2) The Jota of Aragon: history, music, structure, rhythm, songs, steps, style of arm positions in the dances, terms and costume; in Huesca, Ansó, Teruel, Calanda, Albalate, Alcañiz, Zaragoza, Caspe and Leciñena, (3) The Jota in Navarra, Valencia, Castile, Murcia, Galicia, Asturias, Catalonia, Extremadura, Basque region, Mallorca, Menorca, the Canary Islands, and other areas of Spain. (4) The Jota outside Spain (Peru, Argentina, the Philippines) and the Jota in classical music.
Author: Written under Marina Grut's maiden and stage name "Marina Keet".
Illustrations: In colour by Mary-Jane Alexander, and in black and white by Heather Magoon (arm positions in the Aragon dances).
Maps: Of Spain, of Aragon and of the Basque region.
Year and place of publication: 2000, London.
Publisher: Spanish Dance Society.
Obtainable from, and price: Sherrill Wexler, Executive Administrator, Spanish Dance Society, 1 Blackett Close, Staines, TW18 3NW, UK; phone/fax 44-1784-460419. Price £19 excluding postage.
Size: 47 A4 pages (21 x 30 cm).
UDC library number: 793.31(46)

The Bolero School
Subtitle: An illustrated history of the Bolero, the Seguidillas and the Escuela Bolera: Syllabus and dances.
Summary: The book traces the history of the classical Spanish dance, its regional roots, its connections to flamenco on the one hand and on the other hand also to the 19th century ballet of Cecchetti and Bournonville. The Pericet syllabus of exercises and sixteen dances is codified here for the first time, thereby greatly improving the chances that this endangered cultural heritage will survive.
Contents: Prologue by Alberto Lorca. Part 1, The history of the Bolero: the Seguidillas, the Bolero, regional Boleros, the Bolero as the national dance of Spain, the Escuela Bolera, the Pericet family, biographical information on dancers, presenters and contributors in the field of classical Spanish dance, the Ballet Nacional de España, and the Spanish Dance Society; "The Escuela Bolera Dance in London in the Nineteenth Century" by Ivor Guest; some theatres in Spain. Part 2, The Pericet syllabus. Part 3, The codified dances: A, Goya and regional - Bolero con Seguidillas (Goya), Bolero del Candil (Goya), Seguidillas del Candil (Goya), Bolero de Caspe (regional, Aragon). B, The Pericet versions of – Boleras de la Cachucha, Boleras de Medio Paso, Cachucha, El Olé de la Curra, Jaleo de Jerez, La Macarena, Panaderos de la Flamenca, Peteneras Boleras (Andaluzas), Seguidillas Manchegas, Sevillanas Boleras, Soleares del Maestro Arcas, and Zapateado de Maria Cristina. Bibliography.
Illustrations: 38 colour plates and over 100 black and white illustrations, many of which have never been published before.
Year and place of publication: 2002, London.
Publisher, price: Dance Books Ltd, www.dancebooks.co.uk, £30 (?49, US$44) in the UK.
ISBN: 1-85273-081-1
Size and binding: 416 pages of 20 x 26 cm, hardback.
Cover picture: Painting of "Baile del Candil" (dance by lamplight) digitally enhanced by Nicolai Grut of Feedback Video, www.feedbackvideo.com.
UDC library number: 793.31(46)

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