The Leaves are Fading (1975)


Leaves are Fading

Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
Photo: Rosalie O'Connor , Courtesy of American Ballet Theatre


The setting is a leafy glade in late summer. A woman enters and in a place obviously familiar to her, reflects on her happy memories of times past. Groups of young people appear and portray I her nostalgic thoughts in dance. The light of day darkens, the leaves are fading and the woman departs with her memories reborn.


Anthony Tudor
Music / Composer
Antonin Dvorak
from string quartet Cypresses and other chamber music for
Professional Performance
New York State Theater
July 17, 1975
American Ballet Theatre
Cast Professional Premiere
Kim Highton, Marianna Tcherkassky, Amy Blaisdell, Nanette Glushak, Linda Kuchera, Kristine Elliot, Hilda Morales, Elizabeth Ashton, Christine O’Neill, Michael Owen, Raymond Serrano, Charles Ward, Richard Schafer, Clark Tippet, Gelsey Kirkland, Jonas Kage
1975 by Airi Hynninen (Labanotation)
Number of Dancers
9 Women, 6 Men
1 Walk-on
Average Length
32 Minutes
Costume Design
Patricia Zipprodt
Set Design
Ming Cho Lee
Jennifer Tipton
Costumes / Scenery
ABT; Colorado Ballet / Festival Ballet of Rhode Island
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Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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