Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:51 AM
i suspect, Ray, that your assumption about the methods of these photos is accurate.
i don't have any hard data but i suspect these shots were posed on Berman's set for publicity purposes with the first cast striking poses, presumably arranged by Tudor himself.
for one thing, to support their being posed rather than 'in performance,' i don't think any daggers were used in the staging, so either Tudor dropped them by the run or he felt he needed to add a steel blade to make the point of the scene for this 'frozen' moment.
but, to reiterate, i don't have any hard facts to state here about these photos per se.
i think, btw, these are among a spread of similar shots reproduced in Charles Payne's AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE tome.