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Dancing Occasions to promote its assortment of pictures

Posted on October 20, 2022

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Dancing Occasions, the world’s oldest month-to-month journal dedicated to all types of dance, is to promote its intensive assortment of pictures. The journal, based in 1910 by Philip J S Richardson, ceased publication in September 2022 following an unbroken 112-year historical past, and it now seeks to discover a new residence for the excellent assortment it amassed through the years.

Based on Sarah J Woodcock, former curator of pictures at London’s Theatre Museum, “It affords the widest protection of Twentieth-century dance of any assortment outdoors the Jerome Robbins Dance Division in New York or the Victoria and Albert Museum Performing Arts Assortment in London.”

The gathering consists of roughly 35,000 photos, the bulk courting from the early years of the Twentieth century by to the early years of the twenty first century, when digital images overtook movie and print images. A small proportion of the pictures are autographed, some with dedications to successive editors of Dancing Occasions. As well as, there’s a small amount of nineteenth and Twentieth century prints and drawings, together with a pen-and-ink drawing by Mikhail Larionov of the ballet Chout, which the artist designed for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and a discrete assortment of pictures that after belonged to the balletomane Peter Revitt, a detailed pal of former journal editor Mary Clarke.

A lot of the pictures had been sought or submitted for doable use within the journal, however not all had been printed. “They characterize all the themes coated by the journal, and subsequently all points of dance: social and ballroom dancing, nationwide dances from world wide, lecturers and educating of all forms of dance, dance on movie and tv, and efficiency dance of all types,” says Francesca Franchi, former head of collections on the Royal Opera Home. “The pictures embody corporations, faculties and people, performers, choreographers, composers, lecturers and college students, in addition to newsworthy occasions within the dance world.”

The gathering has pictures by nearly all of essentially the most distinguished photographers of dance, akin to Serge Lido, Houston Rogers, Zoë Dominic, Martha Swope, Roy Spherical and Anthony Crickmay. Topics embody Carlos Acosta, Alvin Ailey, Antonio, Frederick Ashton, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Irina Baronova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Erik Bruhn, Darcey Bussell, Yvette Chauviré, John Cranko, Merce Cunningham, John Curry, Alexandra Danilova, Anthony Dowell, Suzanne Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Ram Gopal, Martha Graham, Tamara Karsavina, Gene Kelly, Alicia Markova, Arthur Mitchell, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Pearl Primus, Lynn Seymour, Antoinette Sibley, Galina Ulanova and Ninette de Valois.

“The range is likely one of the assortment’s strengths, charting the rise of first the nationwide dance corporations, and the rise of up to date, Black and Asian dance,” provides Woodcock. “Dancing Occasions was famous for its worldwide protection and that is mirrored within the photos of the flourishing dance scene in Europe, the US, the Soviet Union and additional afield.”

“As our assortment must be bought, we’re anxious to seek out the best residence for it,” says Jonathan Grey, editor of Dancing Occasions. “We hope, subsequently, to listen to from museums, analysis centres or college collections with sturdy hyperlinks to the historical past of dance, or from potential consumers who would then want to donate the archive to an acceptable assortment.”

The gathering, comprising seven four-drawer submitting cupboards, is in wonderful situation and is housed in acid-free conservation-grade envelopes. It additionally contains full certain volumes of Dancing Occasions from 1910 to 2022, and the Ballroom Dancing Occasions/Dance At the moment from 1956 to 2015. The gathering has been valued within the area of £40K to £47K.

Additional data, together with detailed valuations from each Francesca Franchi and Sarah J Woodcock, could be obtained on request. Additionally out there are a list of the contents of Assortment Drawer COM to DAT, which acts as a pattern for the gathering as a complete; an inventory of contents from considered one of six unsorted containers of pictures; and an inventory of framed pictures that had been beforehand displayed within the Dancing Occasions workplace.

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Viewings of the gathering can be organized.

Jonathan Grey is editor of Dancing Occasions. He studied at The Royal Ballet College, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon College of Artwork the place he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial division of the Theatre Museum, London, helping on quite a lot of dance-related exhibitions, and serving to with the recreation of unique designs for quite a lot of The Royal Ballet’s productions together with Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Magnificence. He has additionally contributed to the Monetary Occasions, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the e-book Unleashing Britain: Theatre will get actual 1955-64, printed in 2005.



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