Antony Tudor (1909-1987)
Gelsey Kirkland, photo sent by Phil Kuwayama )
- 1909: birth of William Cook, later known as Antony Tudor,
- 1928: he discovers dance thanks to a performance of
Anna Pavlova in London. He decides to attend the lessons of Marie
Rambert, former dancer of the Ballets Russes,
and becomes a member of her company, the Ballet-Club, in 1930.
- 1931: first choreography, Cross Garter'd, after Shakespeare's
"Twelfth Night". Tudor also dances with the Sadler Well's Ballet
- 1936-37: two masterpieces: Lilac Garden and Dark Elegies
- 1938: he creates the London Ballet, with the help of
Agnes De Mille.
- 1939: he's invited in New York City by the Ballet Theatre,
and restages some of his ballets for this company. He creates
there some of his best ballets: Pillar of fire (1942),
Dim Lustre (1943), Undertow (1945),
Shadow of the Wind (1948),
and becomes famous as a "psychological choreographer".
- 1950: he becomes the head of the Dance School of the
Metropolitan Opera in New York, and gives classes at the Julliard School.
- 1952: he creates La Gloire
for the NYCB.
- 1963: he creates Echoing of Trumpets
for the Royal Swedish Ballet.
- 1967: he comes back to London and creates Shadowplay
for the Royal Ballet , and in 1969
he creates "Divine horsemen" for the Australian Ballet.
- 1974: he's associated to the direction of the American
Ballet Theater, and creates for it The Leaves are fading (1975) with
Gelsey Kirkland, and "Tiller in the fields".(1978)
- 1987: He dies on April 19.
Some of his ballets