Ronde du Printemps (1951)


Ronde du Printemps

Marc Hertsens and Sallie Wilson; Photo by John Van Lund
Photo courtesy: The Jacob’s Pillow Archives.


A series of pas de deux, like Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen, a hearty series of seductions with one member of an amorous experience continuing his activities into the succeeding scene, provides the story line of this vernal round. A lady of easy virtue, a diplomat, a maid, a soldier and a society lady are among the several characters engaged in romantic dalliance.

Tudor wouldn’t let the dancers look at each other during rehearsals, and wouldn’t let them see the sequence of the dancer that preceded them in an effort to force the dancers to think seriously and solely on their own characters, and listen more intently to the music. This worked for the performances, but unfortunately had a devastating effect on preservation of the ballet since none of the dancers saw the whole performance. As a result, the ballet has never been revived.

Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Erik Satie
First Performance
Lee, Massachussets, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, August 1, 1951
Resident Company
First Cast Performance
Francine Bond, Harvey Jung, Marc Hertsens, Jack Monts, Zebra Nevins, Adelino A. Palomonos, Sallie Wilson
Average Length
Number of Dancers
Costumes / Scenery
Licensing Information

 Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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