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Welcome to the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust Blog!

November 12, 2009 4 comments
Sally Brayley Bliss

Sally Brayley Bliss, Trustee, Antony Tudor Ballet Trust

Welcome to the ATBT website. Finally it is launched!

We are very pleased but do apologize for taking such a long time. This project was more work than one can imagine: choosing an overall design to best represent Tudor’s life’s work, conveying Tudor’s history from a fresh perspective; creating a synopsis for each of his 52 ballets, many which have never been put in writing before; tracking down archival photos; and, hardest of all, securing permission from the photographers and everyone involved. I think you all will be pleased and agree the website has been worth the wait.

We ask for suggestions from all of you, and please, tell us if you see any mistakes. We also invite the participation of guest bloggers who would like to share their insights on the past, present and future of Tudor’s work. We are open to all your suggestions.

We have had a steady flow of ballet companies from diverse parts of the world wanting to perform Tudor’s works and upcoming performances scheduled: from COCA, a Performing Arts School in ST. Louis, learning Little Improvisations; to The Australian Ballet presenting Gala Performance ; to The New Zealand School of Ballet dancing Continuo and Lilac Garden; to the Festival Ballet of Rhode Island doing Continuo, and the pas de deux(s) from the Leaves are Fading and Dark Elegies; and, Ballet San Jose dancing Lilac Garden and Continuo. See the complete list for this 20009/2010 season under the “News?”

We are working very hard on producing a Centennial Book of Remembrances from many Tudor dancers including another selection of great photos, both new and old. We are also in the process of editing a DVD saluting Tudor and the Centennial Celebration. We hope both will be ready in the New Year. This is all being accomplished by the Trust Staff: Tara McBride, Administrator; Adria Rolnik, Web Coordinator; Mark Bliss, Web, Centennial Book and DVD Editor; and, our wonderful Web Designer, William Soleau. Bravo to all of them.

In the future we will be creating a Tudor Syllabus for University Dance Programs. Many schools have done wonderful studies we will work from such as: Stanford University, directed by Kristine Elliot; Principia College, directed by Hilary Harper Wilkoxen; and The Juilliard School, directed by Larry Rhodes. Another very exciting and successful project we will draw from was with Tyler Walters at Duke University, reconstructing two sections of The Planets through an NEA grant for university dance programs .

As you can all see, we have a lot more to do and hope you will help.

Antony Tudor will also be on Facebook and Twitter. Please join us! Most importantly, we need all of you to spread the word. The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust is alive and well. Please tell everyone to join us at www.antonytudor.org Thank you!!!

Until next time,

Sally Bliss

Trustee of the ATBT

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