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Antony Tudor's Ballets

Victoria Leigh

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While we normally do not post releases or site links, this one is very special, and one that I feel everyone who is seriously interested in ballet should visit. It is a whole site about one of the most important choreographers in the 20th Century. It is a wonderful recent history site, and I am personally very grateful to the people from the Tudor Trust who have worked so hard to preserve his ballets and to build this new site.




November 12, 2009 – New York. The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust launches www.antonytudor.org to reinforce the relevance and enduring importance of Antony Tudor’s ballets, and, ensure his works are never lost.


The new website features a comprehensive online catalogue of Tudor’s ballets, complete with premiere dates, details of music, production, and cast; supplemented notes on the work, revisions and stagings; rich and historical content on the life of Antony Tudor; and, upcoming performances and related ballet news.


Nearly every major and minor ballet company in the world and many distinguished university dance programs have licensed Tudor ballets since his death. This website will best serve to further motivate Artistic Directors, and future artistic directors, to continue to perform and add Tudor ballets to their repertoire. A comprehensive catalogue of ballets, archival images, and video will reinforce the power of this master choreographer and his influence on so many choreographers of the twentieth century including: Jerome Robbins, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Pina Bausch, Sir Frederick Ashton, Agnes DeMille, Glen Tetley, and Eliot Feld, to name just a few.


“Only a handful of truly great ballets survive their creators,” said Sally Brayley Bliss, Trustee. “Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Dark Elegies, Judgment of Paris, Gala Performance, Dim Lustre, Leaves are Fading, Echoing of Trumpets, and Undertow, as well as his smaller works including Little Improvisations, Continuo, Cereus and Sunflowers, represent irreplaceable choreography threatened with extinction in society’s current fixation on full-length ballets.”


As noted by The Washington Post, April 4th, 2008, following The Antony Tudor Centennial Celebration at Lincoln Center, “His (Tudor’s) works are largely written off as too delicately nuanced to teach to today's technique-oriented dancers, too demanding for an audience groomed on the ready thrills and speed of George Balanchine, too financially risky for boards of directors who prefer easy sells -- Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and so on.” And yet, performing in even one Tudor ballet, said the celebrated former dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, in a recent interview, amounted to "a passport to become mature, to be an adult dancer, a dancer in depth..."


The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust is a not for profit organization created under the Last Will and Testament of Antony Tudor. Mr. Tudor appointed Sally Brayley Bliss as the Co-Executrix of his Estate, and sole Trustee of his ballets, to preserve the artistic integrity and standard of excellence Mr. Tudor insisted upon.

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Thank you very much for posting this. A wonderful resource for those of us interested in Tudor's work. I hope this inspires more companies to perform his exquisite ballets.

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What wonderful information! Thank you for sharing.

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Wow!! What a wonderful resource!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

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I actually have a copy of ABT doing Lilac Garden with Leslie Browne and gave it to my therapist who after many years of helping dancers with eating disorders confessed to me that she was not clear why so many of her clients were so in love with ballet. What ballet she had seen was local, pre-professional type of performances. When she gave me back the dvd she said she cried during the piece and she now understood, this is the artistry that is Tudor and what it brings to the dancers.

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Thanks so much for posting this link! After seeing Tudor's Continuo this fall performed by Festival Ballet in California, I decided I would have to keep my eyes open for ballet companies performing his pieces. Continuo was so beautiful. And this website actually has a link in it that shows upcoming performances of his works, so this makes my search much easier. Thanks again for pointing us to this great resource!

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  • 1 year later...

The Dance Department of the Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music) just performed Tudor's Lilac Garden for their spring performance... I am looking forward to seeing a video...

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And the UMKC Conservatory---Dance Division just performed Dark Elegies at their Spring Concert. It was stunning!


Here's a link to pictures from that show (a little further down the page with a discussion about the piece...


(Moderators, feel free to delete the link if you feel it should not be posted here...)



It seems that there is a resurgence of interest in Tudor's works being performed, especially at the college level!

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  • 11 months later...

Is anyone familiar with Antony Tudor's Soiree in which a piece called "Bolero" is danced? If it is with a trust, does that mean it will not be in a video online?

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There are a few videos of Tudor's choreography on Youtube (I haven't searched any other sites like Vimeo) but I couldn't find "Soiree". There is a clip of NYTB rehearsing "Soiree Musicale", but it doesn't show much. The Tudor Trust seems to be more permissive when it comes to online videos than the Balanchine Trust is.

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Sarasota Ballet will perform Lilac Garden next season.

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