Olympics Tableaux, Springfield College Gymnastics
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A photograph of the gymnasts on the Springfield College gymnastics team performing an Olympic tableaux. The gymnast in the middle is holding a replica of the Olympic rings and the gymnast behind him is hold a volleyball above her head. There are two gymnasts on either side of him each holding a javelin. In front of the two gymnasts holding the javelins are one man holding a basketball and another posing as a diver. In front of the gymnast holding the Olympic rings is a gymnast posing as an ice skater, another gymnast posing as a gymnast, and a third gymnast posing as a weight lifter and lifting a large weight. The Tableaux in Gymnastics was originated by Leslie J. Judd, graduate, Class of 1920, and famous gymnastics coach, 1921 to 1956, of Springfield College. Tableaux, essentially, means living picture. It is a scene performed by costumed actors who remain silent and motionless as if in a picture. The Tableaux have been used throughout theatrical history, but was transformed by Judd to use by gymnasts during performances. The Tableaux as performed by Gymnasts at Springfield College, cover their bodies in a silver formula make-up. Each tableaux expresses an ideal or commemorates a moment. The tableaux is still performed by SC Gymnasts.
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