DUNNING What is Tudor's place in Ballet Theater's history?
McKENZIE When we first started, there were creators creating, but they were all doing the circuit.
DUNNING Their hearts wouldn't have been with this new company?
McKENZIE That's what I think. And along came this guy who said, "I'll call this home." He took this group of dancers and made these incredible works and I think it gave Ballet Theater a unique profile.
It was such a special moment in history. Frankly, it ground to a halt somewhere in the 50's and I'm not sure why. It's almost like as these great stars emerged, people started trying to find star vehicles instead of the works themselves creating the stars. It got backwards there for a while. But certainly the groundwork of what he did in the 40's and into the 50's is still the identity, in my mind, of what Ballet Theater stands for. All I can say is thank God for him.
I read this yesterday and found myself scratching my head a bit. Does anyone else find this last bit confusing?