Lilac Garden (Jardin Aux Lilas) (1936)

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Jardin aux Lilas

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.)



Synopsis:

The bittersweet theme is set in the gracious Eduardian era. A young woman betrothed to a man she does not want to marry, mirrors the society in which power and position are uppermost. The ballet is so musically constructed that it would seem Ernest Chausson indeed wrote it for the ballet.
Dame Marie Rambert, in whose ballet company Lilac Garden was created said of the ballet: “The interplay of feelings between these characters was revealed in beautiful dance movements and groupings, with subtle changes of expression, which made each situation clear without any recourse to mime or gesture.”

The program reads:
Caroline, on the eve of her marriage to the man she does not love tries to say farewell to her lover at a garden reception. In the end, she goes off on the arm of her betrothed with hopelessness in her eyes.”

Choreography
Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Ernest Chausson
Poeme for violin and orchestra Opus 28
Libretto
Antony Tudor
First Performance
London - Mercury Theatre
January 26, 1936
Ballet Rambert
Scenery (London)
Hugh Stevenson
Original Cast
Caroline: Maude Lloyd; Her Lover: Hugh Laing; The Man She Must Marry: Antony Tudor; An Episode in His Past: Peggy van Praagh; Elizabeth Schooling, Frank Staff, Ann Gee, Tatiana Svetlova, Leslie Edwards
First US Performance
New York - Center Theatre
January 15, 1940
Ballet Theatre
First NYCB Performance
New York
City Center Theater
November 30, 1951
Scenery (NYCB)
Horace Armistead
Costumes (NYCB)
Karinska
First Canadian Performance
Royal Alexandra Theatre
January 22, 1953
National Ballet of Canada
Set /Costumes (Canada)
Kay Ambrose
British Revival
London
Royal Opera House
November 12, 1968
Royal Ballet
Scenery (Royal Ballet)
Tom Lingwood
Costumes (Royal Ballet)
After Hugh Stevenson
First French Performance
Paris - Opera Comigue
February 18, 1985
Paris Opera Ballet:
"Homage a Antony Tudor"
Notated
1967 by Muriel Topaz
1981 by Ari Hynninen
(Labanotation)
1979 by Wendy Walker
(Benesh Notation)
Number of Dancers
6 Women, 6 Men
Average Length
18 Minutes
Costumes
ABT; Ballet Mainz (Germany); Ballet West; Carolina Ballet; National Ballet of Canada; New National Theatre Tokyo; NY Theatre Ballet; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Royal Winnipeg Ballet (not available); Richmond Ballet/Louisville Ballet; Royal Swedish Ballet; San Jose Ballet; Star Dancers (Japan)
Set
ABT; Ballet Mainz (Germany); Ballet West; Carolina Ballet; National Ballet of Canada; New National Theatre Tokyo; NY Theatre Ballet; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Royal Winnipeg Ballet (not available); Richmond Ballet/Louisville Ballet; Royal Swedish Ballet; San Jose Ballet; Star Dancers (Japan)
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Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.

 

 

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