Lilac Garden was first presented by Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) at the Center Theatre on January 15, 1940. Although it has remained in the repertoire since then, it is infrequently revived, as are the other extant Tudor ballets. This is a pity because Tudor's works deserve repeated viewings. We are touched us by the emotions and sentiments they so vividly suggest by their restraint and self-possession.
Luckily there are some videos which tell us why Tudor was considered the psychologist of ballet. After viewing them you might want to attend a performance of Lilac Garden the next time it is performed.
JARDIN AUX LILAS Dancers (from left): Hugh Laing, Maude Lloyd, Antony Tudor, and Peggy Van Praagh (Photograph from the Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
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