Sleight

Sleight Sisters Lark and Clef have spent their lives honing their bodies for sleight an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance architecture acrobatics and spoken word After being estra

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  • Title: Sleight
  • Author: Kirsten Kaschock
  • ISBN: 9781566892759
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sisters Lark and Clef have spent their lives honing their bodies for sleight, an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance, architecture, acrobatics, and spoken word After being estranged for several years, the sisters are reunited by a deceptive and ambitious sleight troupe director named West who needs the sisters opposing approaches to the form Lark iSisters Lark and Clef have spent their lives honing their bodies for sleight, an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance, architecture, acrobatics, and spoken word After being estranged for several years, the sisters are reunited by a deceptive and ambitious sleight troupe director named West who needs the sisters opposing approaches to the form Lark is tormented and fragile, but a prodigy Clef is driven to excel, but lacks the spark of artistic genius.When a disturbing mass murder makes national headlines, West seizes on the event as inspiration for his new performance, one that threatens to destroy the very artists performing it.In language that is at once unsettling and hypnotic, Sleight explores ideas of performance, gender, and family to ask the question what is the role of art in the face of unthinkable tragedy Kirsten Kaschock has earned degrees from Yale University, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and the University of Georgia The author of two collections of poetry, Unfathoms and A Beautiful Name for a Girl, she resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she is currently a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University.

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    1. Bloody brilliant. A rather demanding read, but far more than worth the challenge. An "experimental prose" novel based in a slightly alternate-history world in which sleight - a rigorous avant-garde art form somewhat like acrobatic butoh as practiced by Mummenschanz - is a world-wide draw, Sleight follows a once-famous troupe as it attempts to regain and surpass its former achievements. What might otherwise become a familiar story of dysfunctional relationships, artistic aspirations and domestic [...]

    2. Sleight is a different book (small press, professor written) about a troupe of dancers/contortionists/artists whose art, called sleight, is strictly regulated by a set of often arbitrary-seeming international standards. Two troupes, galvanized by a rebel director named West, merge to create a sleight that defies the stringently traditional artform's established rules. Specifically, the sleight aims to use a heavily publicized tragedy involving a couple of child killers by, for one, incorporating [...]

    3. One of most original and captivating books I have read. You won't soon forget Sleight.Where is the cover??

    4. Sleight is disorienting at first: entering the world of the book means picking up its vocabulary, the vocabulary of an imagined form of art called sleight that's part acrobatics, part dance, but something else entirely. One character, early in the book, says sleight is "beyond anything it may have come from. Or out of": she goes on to say that "at several points during a sleight performance—you've got epiphany" (9). More concretely, sleight troupes, which all have nine women and three men, wor [...]

    5. This was interesting in the same way some difficult museum pieces are interesting. Not one of those difficult museum pieces where you find yourself saying your six-year-old niece could have painted it. More like one of those pieces where the effort and skill and craftsmanship that went into creating the piece are obvious, and obviously impressive, but the piece itself comes off as overwrought and opaque. You find yourself wondering if in its opaqueness you, the audience, might have missed someth [...]

    6. Very unsettling. Cerebral. I think the structure of the book fulfills the interdisciplinary art form the book's title comes from. It's not an easy read, but you get rewarded for taking time to get into the world that's been built. A profound darkness haunts the book. The theme of weather or not art has a responsibility to the subject it uses was brilliantly strung together through different kinds of writing. The sibling dynamics are fascinating and gripping and really got to me. I'd say there's [...]

    7. A truly original work. Kaschock's experimental but still-accessible prose deftly pulls the reader into the insular world of artists and performers. This will stick with me for a long time.---------------My friend edited this book and I remember her telling me, probably more than a year ago, about the general concept and plot. I was completely enthralled and her description has really stuck with me. I can't wait to read what sounds like a truly innovative book. Comes out October 2011.

    8. I marked this book as complete, but after 50-60 pages, I just really could not get in to the book. I don't know if Sleight is a real thing or not, but I do know that the footnotes, Souls, and Needs were beyond vague and unnecessary. I did not like this book.

    9. This is a very original and artistic book. The story revolves around an art form called Sleight. It is a real challenge to read as you need to disover the characters but also discover Sleight, which is a very unique art form that is explained in very creative ways.

    10. I didn't finish this book so this review isn't really a review. Many of the ideas and plot pieces were really interesting but everyday, commonplace events are all WAY to infused with meaning for my tastes. All around this sort of book just isn't for me.

    11. Really interesting conceptually, though it fails to live up to its potential. The thing is, it never pretends to have any, so you can't really be disappointed. Interesting mainly for the concept of Sleight it introduces, but I wouldn't say it's a great book.

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