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#1 Amy Reusch

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:57 AM

I wonder if this thread has started in another forum... (do we really not have a thread yet on the Tudor Centennial?)

Listening to Chicago Public Television's interviewer refer to "Anthony Tudor", I wondered if she realized the choreographer's prominence. It seems to me that there are many companies honoring Antony Tudor's centennial this year, but I couldn't list them off hand. Could we make a list here? (I'm a little shocked that ABT doesn't seem to be doing anything, although their site shows a picture of The Leaves are Fading on their blank fall repertory page.. perhaps they're planning something then?) The Antony Tudor Trust page only mentions the Julliard event, and doesn't even mention Joffrey's production.
I guess his work has dropped from popularity, but for earlier generations of dancers Tudor was Balanchine's opposite and rival just as ABT and NYCB were. How does this happen? Is it because Tudor was so not a classicist? Have his works become like melodramas of black & white cinema, not easily accessible to today's audiences? Have they become stiff blurred versions of what they once were? Do today's dancers lack the acting skills to bring them to life? We seem to be bankrolling revivals of Sylvia and The Pharoah's daughter instead. (I love Ashton and Petipa too, but I'm not convinced the story line flows well in either of those two works) I'm not a huge Tudor repertory fan, it's a bit more charged than I'm usually ready to extend myself toward, (I'm not big on Fall River Legend either), but I'd love to see his Romeo & Juliet staged before it's completely out of reach... so many people I respect have admired it. I do remember The Leaves are Fading as being quite beautiful.

New York Theater Ballet
- Little Improvisations
- Judgement of Paris
- Jardin aux Lilas or Lilac Garden


Joffrey Ballet
- Lilac Garden
- Dark Elegies
- Offenbach in the Underworld

Festival Ballet Providence
- The Leaves are Fading

Julliard
- hosting symposium ( http://www.nytb.org/...ial-NYC2008.htm )
- Dark Elegies

Muhlenberg College
- Continuo

ABT lists the following works in their repertory, but doesn't mention if they are performing any this year:
http://www.abt.org/e...rs/tudor_a.html
-Dark Elegies
-Dim Lustre
-Echoing of Trumpets
-Fandango
-Gala Performance
-Goya Pastoral
-Jardin Aux Lilas
-Judgment of Paris
-The Leaves Are Fading
-Little Improvisations
-Nimbus
-Offenbach in the Underworld
-Pillar of Fire
-Romeo and Juliet
-Shadow of the Wind
-Shadowplay
-The Tiller in the Fields
-Undertow
[Edited 3/31 to add:]
Judgement of Paris revival will be premiered at ABT's opening night gala on 5/19 at the Met...including ABT alumni: The season’s only performance of the ballet will feature ABT alumni Kathleen Moore as Juno, Martine van Hamel as Venus and Bonnie Mathis as Minerva, as well as Kevin McKenzie as The Client and Victor Barbee as The Waiter.
[Edited 4/7 to add:]
ABT has announced their Tudor Centennial Tribute for this Fall City Center season
http://ballettalk.in...mp;#entry224681

American Ballet Theatre's Tudor Centennial Tribute, including special guest appearances and film excerpts depicting Tudor at work, will complement performances of several of the choreographer's greatest works, many originally created for ABT. The evening will begin with a performance of Continuo (1971) and will be highlighted by Jardin aux Lilas (1936) and pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet (1943) and The Leaves Are Fading (1975). Performances of Judgment of Paris (1938) and Pillar of Fire (1942) will complete the tribute evening. ABT's Tudor Centennial Tribute is made possible by a generous grant from The Howard Gilman Foundation and Gilman Paper Company.


ABTII @ Joyce Theater, NYC, 5/1, 5/9-11
-Continuo

Joffrey Ballet's blog has some photos (page down): http://jpointe.blogspot.com/
NY Times article on Joffrey's Tudor presentation: http://www.nytimes.c...nce/22joff.html

Julliard Tudor Centennial comments/remembrances form: http://www.juilliard...brance-Form.pdf

Sarasota Ballet will present Lilac Garden in celebration of the centennial, in April 2009
http://www.heraldtri.../804200378/1661 (mentioned at bottom of article)

Hartford, CT - 5/10/08: Ted Hersey Dance Marathon 10th Anniversary concert will present among other things, Julliard students performing excerpts from Dark Elegies'
http://www.tedhershey.com/program/

Boston Ballet - 5/15-18/08
- Dark Elegies

#2 miliosr

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:12 AM

Don't despair. According to the February issue of Dance Magazine, other companies (in addition to the ones listed above) have performed or will perform Tudor pieces during the first half of this year:

Continuo (ABT II, Boston Conservatory, Brigham Young University)

Dark Elegies (Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University)

The Leaves Are Fading (Colorado Ballet)

Lilac Garden (Ballet Mainz)

Little Improvisations (Ballet Tucson)

Offenbach in the Underworld (Milwaukee Ballet)


As I read over the combined list of performances from the two posts, I'm left with a glass half-full/glass half-empty feeling.

The half-empty feeling comes from the realization that Tudor's work exists mostly at the regional ballet/college company level and hardly at all at the heavy-duty Group of 7 level (ABT, Bolshoi, Kirov-Mariinsky, NYCB, POB, Royal, Royal Danish.) (Sorry Helgi -- you're still the "Russia" of the group.) ABT should be the flagship company for Tudor but, apart from whatever they do this fall in honor of the centennial, seems content to put on one desultory Tudor piece a year. (And, putting on witless three act ballets instead of hunkering down and reviving something worthwhile like Tudor's Romeo and Juliet.) Truthfully, New York Theatre Ballet is more the flagship company for Tudor at this point than ABT is.

The half-full feeling comes from the realization that Tudor's pieces are probably better served by being performed on the smaller stages that come with regional/college ballet. I'm not sure huge opera house stages work to Tudor's advantage. (I feel the same way about Graham and Limon.)

Interesting how certain Tudor works are "in favor" and certain works aren't. As Dance Magazine notes, no one has announced plans to stage Pillar of Fire, Shadowplay, Undertow, Echoing of Trumpets, Dim Lustre, Gala Performance, or (especially) Romeo and Juliet.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:30 PM

The Juilliard School is holding a Tudor Centennial celebration March 29-30. Here's the list of events:

http://www.mostlyweb...8-03-events.pdf

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:48 PM

I would love to see ABT do Jardin. Do you all think it would be an audience pleaser these days? It is one of the dance masterpieces of the 20th century, but would today's audience go for it?

I performed Little Improvisations years ago in a regional company. I don't think a major company has ever done it. I'm not sure it is suitable for the "big time." On the other hand maybe it could be a good vehicle for some ABT dancers, I just don't know.

I remember Danny Levins in Undertow back in the day. He was terrific

#5 Amy Reusch

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:55 PM

3/13/2008 - The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School will showcase the talents of its students in their year-end performance on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 4:00 P.M and 7:00 P.M at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. The program will include Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations, staged by Amanda McKerrow, and excerpts from Coppélia, Swan Lake and Flower Festival in Genzano, as well as new choreography from Raymond Lukens, Kirk Peterson and Jessica Lang. Completing the program will be Tudor’s Continuo, staged by Donald Mahler and performed by members of ABT II, including five former JKO School students.

(putting the text in bold was my doing, not ABT's)

http://www.abt.org/i...asp?News_ID=217

And I'm wondering... how does March 22 come to be "year-end"? It seems so early.

#6 Amy Reusch

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 08:21 PM

(Copied from another thread)

NYTB has also added Tudor’s bedroom pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet, staged by Airi Hynninen, to the [April 4] program.

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:51 PM

Yes, NYTB is doing a Tudor program this week and next. This Company has a lot of experience performing Tudor ballets. In fact, Sallie Wilson is the Ballet Mistress, one of the great Tudor Ballerinas. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in Tudor's works.

http://www.nytb.org/...n_repertory.htm

Amy I agree. Why isn't there a Tudor Centennial thread?

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 08:40 PM

Why isn't there a Tudor Centennial thread?

You're posting on it! :) And thanks to Amy for her thorough list of commemorations. :flowers:

Also, New York Theatre Ballet's programs have been posted under "Press Releases and Season Announcements." Please try not to duplicate existing posts (I recognize that it's not always easy to find earlier posts), but feel free to add a comment to bump the topic up.

There are some reviews of NYTB's earlier performances of the Tudor bill of a couple months ago in in Recent Performances, and I hope those that see Friday's and next week's performances and those by Joffrey and Festival Providence will add theirs.

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:02 AM

Sorry Carbo. I think I meant to say Forum instead of thread. I'm new to this board and I'm still a bit unclear on the terminology. I'll make sure I read things more carefully so I don't double post. I think I just got over excited. :flowers:

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 07:42 AM

Did anyone attend the Juilliard event (March 29-31) posted above by Dale?

It would have been wonderful to listen to the Tudor Dancers listed on the program: Eliot Feld, Bonnie Mathis, Kevin McKenzie, Amanda McKerrow, Kathleen Moore, Kirk Peterson, Lance Westergard, Sallie Wilson.

The students were performing Dark Elegies (on a program with Graham and Limon).

#11 Amy Reusch

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:30 AM

Carbro, I think the issue is that at the top of the Ballets and Choreographers forum there are subforums for the Balanchine & Tudor centennials but one has to wade through the threads to come across this one about the Tudor centenniel.

I'm glad Missgoodytoeshoes posted here about Sallie Wilson... it's good to have all the info under one roof. I've been on this board for ages (look at my member number!) and I wouldn't have gone hunting under Press Releases... I would have assumed that like the Balanchine and Ashton forums, there'd be something under Ballets and Choreographers for Tudor.

I do hope someone made it to the Julliard event and posts some comments here...


(Is there some other board where the Tudor enthusiasts hang out?)

I spoke once to Mr. Tudor about Sallie Wilson's work referring to her as one of his disciples and he returned something like "Disciple? Slave!" Someday I have to find the tape of that interview and post a transcription here. He talked about how he had wanted to enter the church but realized he was evaluating everything in theatrical terms and that his home really was the theater. He lived at a zen monastary in his later years, didn't he? I typed up a transcription years and years ago for the producer who organized the interview, but I think it was before I owned a computer and I can find no disk of it" I think it ended up at the NYPL. The video is not riviting but the discussion was interesting (to me, at least!)

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:35 AM

I attended the celebration and will be writing about it for DanceView Times. I found it very interesting. There might be less talk about this than other celebrations because most of the attendees seemed to be former students. Other than a few writers, I didn't see the usual people I see at the Guggenheim talks or at the Balanchine lectures.

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 12:21 PM

It's so interesting to me that Tudor's following has dwindled so quickly. Do you think it has something to do with the institutions backing the Balanchine & Ashton centennials? Or it it just a reflection of a smaller repertoire? Is it because Tudor's work was somehow linked to a certain time and it's mode of expression is now dated? Is it a money thing? Or is it publicity?

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 12:24 PM

Speaking of publicity, I notice that ABT is now beginning to publicize the centennial a bit more:

http://www.abt.org/i...asp?News_ID=218

3/17/2008 - In celebration of the centenary of the late choreographer Antony Tudor, American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala on Monday, May 19 will be highlighted by the Revival Premiere of Tudor’s 1938 comic masterpiece, Judgment of Paris. The gala evening, which was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, opens the Company’s 2008 Spring engagement at the Metropolitan Opera House and features all of ABT’s Principal Dancers performing highlights from the season.



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Posted 31 March 2008 - 01:14 PM

He lived at a zen monastary in his later years, didn't he?

The Zen Institute on East 30th Street. (Rinzai Zen.)

Amy, I hope you do get the chance to publish the transcript!

Dale, looking forward to your report in DanceViewTimes. Like Amy, I'm interested in hearing from (and about) Sallie Wilson.


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