Trio con Brio (1952)


Trio con Brio

John Lindquist Photograph, Copyright © Harvard Theatre Collection
Photo Courtesy: The Jacob's Pillow Archives


In this short, punchy pas de trois technical statement, Tudor presents a woman and two men who work in Petipa-like movement formulas to Glinka's predictable music with pirouettes, bourrées, and movement patterns. The men partner her and walk around like peacocks. She acknowledges their obeisance, treating both men as elegant porters for her leanings. Upstage, she extends her . leg front and arches back. She waits and deigns to move from one cavalier to the other, balancing, pirouetting, and unfolding her legs. The men have their moments of individual triumph as well. In a very presentational way, they cover the jumps, turns, and the quick, difficult batterie that we associate with the origins of ballet. Alone, the ballerina executes step piqué pirouettes and pas de chats on diagonals. She concludes with a double pirouette and bows as if to say, now the audience must recognize my command performance. The show literally stops, and she goes off. After the other cavalier performs his variation with a lot of quick, stiff, beating jumps, the three dancers come out , with typical end of the pas de deux/trois fireworks-ballonnés, Czardas steps and rapid folksy steps, one arm up, pulling into fifth positions, a fitting ending to this imperial academic display.

Antony Tudor - (Vispitin - Tudor did not wish the piece to be thought of as his choreographic work)
Music / Composer
Mikhail Glinka
Dances from RussIan and Ludmilla
First Performance
Lee, Massachusetts
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, June 27, 1952
Resident company
Cast First Performance
Tatiana Grantzea, Nicholas Polajenko, Ralph McWilliams
Costumes / Scenery
Marie Nepo and Adolphine Rott
In Construction
Number of Dancers
1 Women, 2 Men
Average Length
New York Theatre Ballet
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 Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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