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Anti-War Ballets

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I was reading the Autumn 2003 issue of DanceView and in an article on the Metropolitan Opera Ballet it was mentioned that Anthony Tudor had made an anti-war ballet called Echoing of Trumpets. It got me wondering how many other ballets have been created that took an anti-war stance.

The only other one I can think of at the moment is Ashton's Dante Sonata. I know there must be more. Any others? Any favorites?

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Kurt Jooss' The Green Table is a classic anti-war dance. It is not technically a ballet (Jooss did modern dance in Germany in the late 20s - early 30s, he was not classically trained) but it was a staple of the Joffrey for many years.

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And in a larger sense, some of the comic ballets of the Romantic period were anti-war, like La Vivandière. Going to "the war" was the only way a lot of people had seen places outside of home, and the memories of many were filtered through rose-colored glass. Images of combat in these ballets is non-existent, but the love stories and funny incidents are what made the art.

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