Interview with Antony Tudor

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Interview with Antony Tudor
Tudor, Antony, 1908-1987 (Interviewee)
Hunt, Marilyn, 1937- (Interviewer)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986-11-11
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8831
Tudor, Antony, 1909-1987 -- Interviews
Hunt, Marilyn, 1937-
Rambert, Marie
Kaye, Nora, 1920-1987
Laing, Hugh
De Mille, Agnes
Robbins, Jerome
Dowell, Anthony
Moore, Kathleen
Tharp, Twyla
Kylian, Jiri, 1947-
Ballet Rambert
Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre
Undertow (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Pillar of fire (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Jardin aux lilas (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Dark elegies (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Judgment of Paris (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Gala performance (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Shadowplay (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Choreographers -- 20th century
Ballet -- England -- 20th century
Ballet -- United States -- 20th century
Dance -- Anecdotes
Content: Unedited footage.
Additional physical form: For a transcript of this interview, see: *MGZMT 3-1130 Interview with Antony Tudor.
Venue: Recorded in Washington, D.C., on November 11, 1986, for the Kennedy Center Honors Oral History Program.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (U-matic) (151 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Looking back at his life and career, choreographer Antony Tudor discusses different aspects of his ballets and the dancers who performed in them. Throughout the course of the interview he reveals his conceptions of characters, settings and situations in various ballets, among them Undertow, Jardin aux lilas (Lilac garden), Pillar of fire, Dark elegies, Judgment of Paris, Gala performance, Romeo and Juliet, and Shadowplay. Topics include his childhood and its reflection in his work ; his experiences as an amateur actor and their influences on his choreography ; his early work with Marie Rambert, and how the limitations of her theater shaped his style ; working with dancers past and present on characterization in his ballets ; his choices and arrangements of musical scores ; qualities he seeks in dancers ; his observations of American Ballet Theatre's current management ; his opinions of the choreography of Twyla Tharp and Jiří Kylián. He tells numerous anecdotes about his contemporaries, among them Rambert, Nora Kaye, Hugh Laing, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins, Anthony Dowell, and Kathleen Moore. More briefly discussed are Frederick Ashton, Viola Essen, Peggy Van Praagh, Lucia Chase, Nana Gollner, Karen Conrad, Cynthia Anderson, Merle Park, Derek Rencher, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and others.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16514718
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6c3a2320-01a1-0139-19ba-0242ac110003
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  • 1908: Creator Born
  • 1986: Created
  • 1987: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Antony Tudor" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Antony Tudor" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 5, 2024.

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Interview with Antony Tudor