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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Tudor, music by Charles Koechlin, and design by Michael Annals. Premiered 25 Jan. 1967 by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, London, with Dowell, Rencher, and Park. It was Tudor's only created work for the Royal's main company and he referred to it as a ‘Buddhist ballet in disguise’. Its allegorical plot tells the story of a wild boy who is confronted by various animal creatures and deities with whom he has to grapple before reaching adult knowledge. Koechlin's score, Les Bandar-Log (interpolated with an excerpt from La Course de printemps), was partly inspired by Kipling's The Jungle Book, as was Tudor's choreography which mixed suggestions of animal movements with elements from Cambodian and Hindu dance. It was revived for American Ballet Theatre in 1975 with Baryshnikov, Kirkland, and Jonas Käge.

Subjects: Dance.


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