Tableaux: The Spirit of Aviation
- Tableaux: The Spirit of Aviation
This black-and-white photograph shows a Tableaux titled “The Spirit of Aviation.” Its alternate title is “Conquest of the Air.” It shows a gymnast standing on top of a globe and holding an airplane propeller in the air. The globe is being held upright by eight or nine gymnasts.
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Frank Wolcott Papers
Springfield College--Gymnastics--Exhibition team
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The Tableaux as used in gymnastics performances was created by Springfield College alumnus Leslie J. Judd (class of 1920), who went on to become a famous gymnastics coach at his alma mater (1921-1956). Tableaux, essentially, means living picture, and it is performed by costumed actors who remain silent and motionless. Tableaux have been used throughout theatrical history, but Judd transformed the idea. Coach Judd and Coach Frank Wolcott, his successor, created Tableaux that expressed ideals and commemorated moments in history. Tableaux are still performed by Springfield College gymnasts.