“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.” – Helen Keller
And with this quote, Eva Maze begins her fascinating memoir- With Ballet in My Soul, Adventures of a Globetrotting Impresario.
There are many, many people who have dreamed of a career and a life on the ballet stage. And that dream becomes a reality for very few. Some choose to leave ballet all together while others choose to channel their passions into one of the non-performing roles in the ballet industry. In the case of Eva Maze, she turned her passion for ballet into a brilliant career as an impresario, forging a path where no woman had previously traveled, presenting the very best of Theater, Music, and of course, Dance to audiences around the world.
Born in Bucharest, Eva Maze dreamed of being a ballerina but had been forbidden to study ballet as a child (she had suffered a devastating illness at age 7 and her parents were terrified of her exerting herself). Her family moved to the U.S. when she was in her teens and she finally began studying ballet at the age of 20. Her husband’s career with Pan Am required that they periodically relocate and this had afforded her the opportunity to live all over the world; the first stop being India. While on a return visit to New York, Ms. Maze met with her old ballet teacher. It was during this visit that her teacher suggested that Ms. Maze organize a tour of India for a small group of ballet dancers. And so was born the fascinating career of Eva Maze.
Through her clear, straight forward, un-fussy writing style and pages of gorgeous photos, Ms. Maze chronicles her life’s work and passion for the arts. She spins out the story of how her love for ballet, (and for all art, ranging from the classical to the avant garde) and a meeting with her old ballet teacher lead her unsuspectingly into a career and a life dedicated to bringing all forms of artistic expression to the great stages of the world.
This is an engrossing, whirlwind of a book detailing a whirlwind of a life and career. And in the end, Ms. Maze finally “hangs up her pointe shoes” and begins her retirement in the United States. We feel the poignancy in her knowing that she had lived her life well, bringing the beauty of Art to countless fans around the world, with Ballet in Her Soul.