Sunflowers (1971)



"The ballet's name directly evokes sunflowers which always keep their heads turned toward the sun, and bloom in the heart of summer. The four ladies of the ballet are friends of long acquaintanceship having known each other for almost as long as they can remember and every summer they seem to have been brought together at this particular bit of countryside, for here they regathered in what seems to be the corner of a hayfield with an old weather beaten log fence separating it from the country lane in the background and down which the two men have strolled onto the scene. They are also old acquaintances and have wandered by wondering if the girls are still around."

Antony Tudor, in a letter to Isabel Mirrow (Brown)

Sunflowers is one of three N.E.A. ballets (Sunflowers, Cereus, and Continuo) that provide rich sources for small companies and enable them to mount a Tudor work without the cost of expensive sets and intricate costumes.

Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Leos Janacek
String Quartet #1
First Performance
New York
The Juilliard School
Private viewing
May 27, 1971
Juilliard Dance Ensemble
Professional Premiere
Omaha, Nebraska
May 13, 1972
Omaha Ballet Society
Cast Professional Premiere
Madeline Rhew, Airi Hynninen, Pamela Knisel, Deborah Weaver, Anthony Salatino, Larry Grenier
1972 by Muriel Topaz
Number of Dancers
4 Women, 2 Men
Average Length
23 Minutes
Festival Ballet Theatre
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Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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