Antony Tudor Centennial – Ballet News book review

The Antony Tudor Centennial has recently been self-published by The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust, edited by Tudor’s Godson, Mark B Bliss.  Bliss also writes the introduction to the book – giving his perspective on Tudor.   The Antony Tudor Ballet Trust is a not for profit organisation created as a result of Tudor’s wishes.  The book has been released along with a DVD to fund endowed scholarship at the Juilliard School.

The book celebrates Tudor’s life over 137 pages including many black and white photographs while the DVD focuses on performances, panel discussions and studio workshops from the celebrations that took place on March 29th and 30th 2008.

The hope is that all university dance and performing arts libraries around the world will carry this book, which the Trust considers to be important.  They may well be right since not many of the dancers who worked first hand with Tudor as still around today and this book does share a great deal of knowledge.  There are many handwritten notes throughout the book, with recollections by, among others, Pina Bauch who says “he had totally different eyes.”

You can purchase the book & DVD set online via the Trust’s website using PayPal for $75.00 or if you prefer to buy them seperately then they cost $49.99 and $29.99 respectively, plus postage and packing.


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