Picador has landed swan divea one-of-a-kind book by award-winning New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin.
Publishing director Georgina Morley acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights from Brandi Bowles of United Talent Agency. Picador will publish swan dive on October 14, 2021, after Henry Holt in the United States on July 27, 2021.
The editor said: “In this love letter to the art of dance and the sport that has been her livelihood, NYCB’s first Asian American soloist, Georgina Pazcoguin, lays bare her story. unfiltered about leaving small-town Pennsylvania for New York City and training amid the unique demands of being a professional athlete/artist hybrid, all before graduating high school. She immerses us in the mesmerizing, whirling shoes of the dancers of one of the world’s most revered ballet companies with an unapologetic sense of humor about NYCB’s cutthroat, survival-of-the-fittest mentality. Some swan dives are literal: even in ballet, there’s plenty of facial planting, backstage fights, late-night parties, and loud company bonding sessions.
Pazcoguin was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She began her dance training at the age of four and is now a soloist with the New York City Ballet. She also appeared on Broadway, making her 2015 debut as Ivy Smith in “On the Town,” and also starred as Victoria in the 2016 Broadway revival of “Cats.”
She commented, “Why should this book grace your shelves? With notoriety? Receive your praise and admiration? Well because deep in my heart I think being a ballerina is a great gift to our world. This book is my attempt at a love letter to my ephemeral art. But more importantly, this book is a bridge; a look behind the curtain. It highlights the tenacity and courage it takes to be not just an artist, but a modern-day ballerina in New York today. My name is Georgina Pazcoguin and I am the rogue ballerina because I am an outlier in an imperfect world of grace. A world that I love, but it’s a world in which I had to fight to be seen and accepted. After reading this book, I hope you will agree with me that even through its frayed tulle, the ballet is worth preserving for future generations to delight and inspire.
Morley added: “I have loved ballet ever since I was first taken to see ‘The Badly Kept Girl’ at Covent Garden when I was five. Reading ballet slippers a few years later the love was cemented and, more recently, like so many others, I lapped up the gloriously bonkers ‘Black Swan’ at the movies. Georgina Pazcoguin’s captivating and readable account of her life in ballet is catnip to me – and will be to so many readers. But it’s not just a mad dash behind the velvet curtains. It’s an important rallying cry for the world of dance, a world torn apart by harassment, abuse and racism. Picador couldn’t be more excited to bring swan dive to UK readers.