Dark Elegies

Tudor described this work as his favorite ballet. And many consider it to be his greatest. From tender moments of quiet devastation to careering bursts of rage, Tudor’s “ballet requiem,” set to Mahler’s absorbing Kindertotenlieder, expresses the raw emotion of a tight–knit community faced with the inexplicable loss of their beloved children.

Dark Elegies


Title of the music: Cycle Kindertotenlieder (“Songs on the Death of Children”)

Composed by: Gustav Mahler.

This is a work consisting of five songs from the poems by Friedrich Rückert.


Running time: 25

Number of dancers: 8 Women, 4 Men


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Ballet Am Rhein; Gert Weigelt

Photo Darial Sneed/New York Theatre Ballet