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Echoing of Trumpets


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(orig. Sw. title Ekon av Trumpeter)

Ballet in one act with choreography by Tudor, music by Martinů, and design by Birger Bergling. Premiered 28 Sept. 1963 by Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm with Gerd Andersson, Svante Lindberg, Anette Wiedersheim-Paul, and Mario Mengarelli. This setting of Martinů's Fantaisies symphoniques is a brutal portrait of village women victimized by an occupying army. Though it has been associated with specific Nazi attacks in the Second World War Tudor himself claimed it was more broadly concerned with people's sadistic compulsion to dominate each other. ‘The soldiers…torment [the women] until they make the women feel degraded and, in so doing, they degrade themselves.’ It has been revived by Metropolitan Opera Ballet (as Echoes of Trumpets, New York, 1966), American Ballet Theatre (Michigan, 1967), and London Festival Ballet (1973).

Subjects: Dance.


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