Monday, August 31, 2009

A television pioneer brings Baba to Hollywood

Quentin Tod (sometimes credited "Todd") was a British dancer, choreographer, and actor who was a close follower of Baba from the time of meeting him in London in 1931 until his death in 1947. Tod was instrumental in making many of the Hollywood arrangements for Baba as he had numerous connections in the entertainment industry both in England and America.

Tod was also an early pioneer of television, working for the BBC in the 1930s before television was mainstream. He was the sole credited dancer in the first British televised version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1937 and was ballet choreographer on the 1937 British television pantomime performance of Dick Whittington and His Cat. The following year he devised Have You Brought Your Music? for BBC Television. England had all broadcastes discontinued in 1939 out of concern that the broadcastes were acting as a beacon for German bombers. After the war, television was relaunched and became what it is today worldwide.

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