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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday and Antony Tudor

Throwback Thursday and Antony Tudor

Antony Tudor, whose real name was William Cook, was that rarity in dance: a latecomer.  He didn’t begin dancing until his late teens after attending a performance of Diaghilev’s dancers.  He studied with Marie Rambert, a former dancer with Diaghilev.  He could only attend dance classes in the evening because of his job in a meat market.  Despite this difficult beginning, Anthony Tudor went on to become  one of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century.

In 1930 Antony Tudor danced with Rambert’s company, and also performed with other companies until he retired from the stage in 1950. He then became head of the faculty of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, and in 1951 he joined the Julliard School’s Dance Division as a founding member.  He was also an Associate Director at ABT, and later was appointed Choreographer Emeritus in 1980.

Known as a master of emotional and psychological choreography, Antony Tudor choreographed such works as: Offenbach in the Underworld , Pillar of Fire, Little Improvisations, Jardin Aux Lilas, and The Leaves are Fading.

Antony Tudor died in 1987.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #:
“Antony Tudor explored emotional and psychological aspects of characters in his choreography.”

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