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
- Lilac Garden
- Dark Elegies
- Offenbach in the Underworld
Festival Ballet Providence
- The Leaves are Fading
- hosting symposium ( http://www.nytb.org/...ial-NYC2008.htm )
- Dark Elegies
ABT lists the following works in their repertory, but doesn't mention if they are performing any this year:
-Echoing of Trumpets
-Jardin Aux Lilas
-Judgment of Paris
-The Leaves Are Fading
-Offenbach in the Underworld
-Pillar of Fire
-Romeo and Juliet
-Shadow of the Wind
-The Tiller in the Fields
[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 seasonâ€™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
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
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'
Boston Ballet - 5/15-18/08
- Dark Elegies