Colorado Ballet

Pillar of Fire

Pillar of Fire

Choreographer: Antony Tudor
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Years performed: 2018

Colorado Ballet received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to perform Pillar of Fire.

First Performance:
New York
Metropolitan Opera House
April 8, 1942
Ballet Theatre

Number of Dancers: 13 Women, 8 Men
Average Length: 31 Minutes


Hagar, whose elder sister is a spinster, foresees the same fate for herself. When the man she unrequitedly loves seems to show preference for her younger sister, Hagar in distraction gives herself to one she does not love. The resulting crisis, however, unites her with the man she really loves. The ballet is set in the period around 1900 because it was then that Schoenberg composed the music.

Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.


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