Antony Tudor Ballet Trust

Donald Mahler - Senior Répétiter Emeritus

Donald Mahler was trained at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School by Margaret Craske and Antony Tudor. In 1956, after an audition for the National Ballet of Canada arranged by Mr. Tudor, he was invited to join the company, where he danced the principal roles in Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden-The Man Caroline Must Marry [originally created by Mr. Tudor for himself] and The Painter in Offenbach in the Underworld. He also danced in Dark Elegies and Gala Performance and performed the leads in Walter Gore's Winter Night and Andrée Howard's Death and the Maiden, as well as other ballets.

In 1961 he left Canada and joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. During the Directorship of Dame Alicia Markova, he was made Soloist. In 1966 he was cast in a principle role in the first American performance of Echoing of Trumpets and appeared also in Mr. Tudor's new creation Concerning Oracles. In 1967 he assisted Mr. Tudor in staging Echoing of Trumpets for American Ballet Theatre.

In 1975 he was engaged as Ballet Master for the Zurich Opera Ballet in Switzerland. In 1979 he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Ballet Master and in 1982 was appointed Director of the Ballet there. At the Met, he began his career as a choreographer. While there, he choreographed dances for seven operas. For the Met Ballet's touring company, he created Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf, both done with a Ford Foundation grant, as well as a number of other works. His Cinderella is now in the repertoire of New York Theatre Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet. For the Joffrey II Dancers, he choreographed the full-length ballet-Tales from Hans Christian Andersen to music of Elgar. Also to music by Elgar, his ballet Salut d'Amour has been done by Ballet West, Ballet Mississippi and several companies in Japan, and further, he choreographed Lisztiana and a full-length Coppelia there. Additionally he has made several works for Carolina Ballet.

Donald Mahler

Since 1991 he has been the senior stager of Mr. Tudorís works in the United States, Canada, France and Germany, Japan and China. In recent years, he has specialized in staging a number of Antony Tudorís works.

His productions include:

LILAC GARDEN for:
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet West, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Kansas City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Bordeaux Ballet, Ballet Mainz, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet San Jose, New Zealand School of Dance and the New National Theater Tokyo, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet am Rhein.

DARK ELEGIES for:
American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Jose Limon Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet du Rhin, Boston Conservatory, Contemporary C Ballet, The Juilliard School, University of New Mexico, Butler University, and Washington University St. Louis, Southern Methodist University and New York Theatre Ballet.

Donald Mahler rehearsing
Dark Elegies

CONTINUO for:
American Ballet Theatre, Bordeaux Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Milwaukee Ballet, Fugate/Bahiri Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Sadamatsu Ballet, Ballet San Jose, New Zealand School of Dance, Inoue Ballet and University of Missouri (at Kansas City).

ECHOING OF TRUMPETS for:
Alberta Ballet, Ballet West, Louisville Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and The Asami Maki Ballet.

GALA PERFORMANCE for:
Australian Ballet, Artistic Supervision.

OFFENBACH IN THE UNDERWORLD for:
American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet West, and Star Dancers Ballet.

PILLAR OF FIRE for:
American Ballet Theatre.

THE PLANETS, Reconstructed in conjunction with Sally Bliss and Muriel Topaz for:
Duke University.


Mr. Mahler has taught widely for companies and schools in the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1992, he was awarded a two-year Choreographerís Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 
   

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