Antony Tudor, one of the giants of twentieth century choreography, began dancing professionally with Ballet Rambert in London. All of his early ballets, Cross garter’d (1931), Lysistrata (1932), and The Planets (1934) were created for that company.
In 1939 he was invited by Ballet Theatre to join its first season and to restage three of the works he was known for in London Jardin aux Lilas, Dark Elegies, and Judgment of Paris. Since that time, Tudor has been represented in every American Ballet Theatre season. Gala Performance was added to the repertory in 194l, Pillar of Fire in 1942, Romeo and Juliet and Dim Lustre in 1943, Undertow in 1945, Shadow of the Wind in 1948, Nimbus in 1950, The Leaves Are Fading and Shadowplay in 1975, The Tiller in the Fields in 1979 and Little Improvisations in 1980.