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Who Lost Antony Tudor's Romeo and Juliet?

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 10:59 AM

For some excellent thoughts about the need for reviving this work, here's Leigh Witchel's very nice review of the ABT performance of "Romeo's Farewell," from danceviewtimes. At the start of this thread, miilosr suggested that the way this ballet has been treated is "a crime." Leigh carries that a little bit further ....

It is an absolute sin that Tudor’s “Romeo and Juliet” has fallen out of repertory. Made in 1943 for American Ballet Theatre on Alicia Markova and Hugh Laing, this one act version uses music by Delius instead of the more familiar and bombastic Prokofiev. At this point, there’s some question, hotly and loudly debated, whether the Tudor can be fully recovered. ABT presented a short duet of Romeo’s farewell to Juliet. It wasn’t built to be a self-contained excerpt, but still, if the duet was any indication of the whole ballet’s quality, it’s exquisite.


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