The Life of Antony Tudor

Book - 1995
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(Limelight). Shadowplay is the first biography of Antony Tudor, one of the few indisputable geniuses of twentieth-century dance. His ground-breaking ballets changed forever what audiences expected to see on stage and brought with them psychological truths and haunting beauties that still resonate wherever they are performed. Brilliant but tormented, the London-born Tudor drew on the raw material of his own life for such landmark works as Pillar of Fire and Jardin aux Lilas .
Publisher: New York : Limelight Editions, 1995
Edition: 1st Limelight ed
ISBN: 9780879101893
Call Number: 792.8209 T811p 1995
Characteristics: x, 420 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm


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donnabella Dec 03, 2011

Tudor was a choreographic innovator who brought a revolution to the conception of what a ballet could be. His concern was to shift dance from external athletic maneuvers and story enactment to bringing to the surface interior states of mind and emotion that belong to the schema of a situation. His driving force was to create artists from dancers, to have them answer with their bodies: "where does this impulse come from and why?"

Having seen most of Tudor's ballets I have always been struck with what I assumed his central concern might be: how to make ballets that reflect fine artistic judgement vs works based on expediency.

In any technical endeavor (and ballet is certainly in that category) there is the possibility for the seemingly infinite parts to be just reassembled in the most efficient ways, rather than the most artistic. Lack of time, or budget or just the sheer exhaustion of creation can make that so. But Tudor seemed to resist just giving in, and held his standards and inner vision throughout his career. It is a valuable lesson to see what happens as a result of that throughout his lifetime. It is not always accolades and cheer.

Perlmutter's book treats all of these topics in wonderful and insightful detail. Highly recommended!


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