Constanza's Lament (1932)



The original French title for this choreographic comedy in one act was Les Femmes de Bonnes Humeur, with a libretto and choreography by Leonide Massine. Based on Carlo Goldoni’s play, it tells of a complicated love affair between Constanza and Rinaldo, who scheme and overcome many obstacles resulting from their parents’ opposition to their marriage. From this story, Tudor created a simple, though very interesting, solo for Diana Gould called Constanza’s Lament. Tudor put together a simple pointe piece, in which Constanza is dressed in a wig and an eighteenth century ballroom dress. The miserable Constanza floats from one part of the stage to the other, seemingly wafting here and there by the body’s sobbing thrusts.

There is a film of this ballet in the Rambert archives, so potentially it could be revived.

Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Domenico Scarlatti
from the Good Humoured Ladies
First Performance
Mercury Theatre
London Ballet Club
February 4 or 11, 1932
Original Cast
Diana Gould
1976 by Murial Topaz
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 Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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