Sarah Kaufman writes on a new exhibit at the Library of Congress, “American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years.”
A remarkable 1948 Irving Penn photo captures the diversity and breadth of personalities in Ballet Theatre. There is Barbados-born Hugh Laing, the great dramatic interpreter, with his well-muscled, leonine intensity; the knowing, seductive Youskevitch; Alonso, in a white tutu with all the dark glamour of a Hollywood star; Tudor, standing slightly behind her, looking shy and wise; Oliver Smith, the set designer who was also the company’s longtime co-director, seated in a beautifully tailored suit with his long legs stretched before him, and Nora Kaye, the great dancer-actress, with a sly, sidelong look. Each person hints at a fascinating life story, and the capacity to tell it. You long to see them in motion.