Little Improvisations (1953)


Little Improvisations

Lance Westergard, Juilliard, 1964; Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Sawyer


The ballet depicts two children playing in an attic on a rainy day.

Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Robert Schumann
Kinderscenen - Opus 15
First Performance
Lee, Massachusetts
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
August 28, 1953
Cast - First Performance
Yvonne Chouteau and Gilbert Read
First NY Performance
New York
The Juilliard School
March 8, 1962
Cast First NY Performance
Mercedes Ellington and William Louther
First Swedish Performance
Royal Opera House
(as Itís Raining)
September 28, 1963
Royal Swedish Ballet
1961 by Carl Wolz; Notation revised 1972 and 1974 by Muriel Topaz & Lynne Weber (Labanotation);
Film made at Juilliard 1960.
Number of Dancers
1 Woman, 1 Man
Average Length
12 Minutes
New York Theatre Ballet; Boston Conservatory; Ballet Tuscon (costumes are leotard, pants and shirt)
Piano Bench and Scarf
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Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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