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Serge Grigoriev / Ballets Russes archive, 1909-2009

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BOXES 9; 14; 17-18; 20; 23-24 Choreographic Works
BOX 14 L’ Après-midi d’un Faune
BOX-FOLDER 24/1; 14 Aurora’s Wedding
BOX 14 Blue Danube
BOX-FOLDER 23/17 Les Biches
BOX 18 Cain and Abel
BOX-FOLDER 23/14 Carousal
BOX 18 Cendrillon
BOX-FOLDER 23/1; 23/2; 14 Les Cent Baisers
BOX-FOLDER 23/12; 20 Le Chant du Rossigno
BOX-FOLDER 24/2; 14 Choreartium
BOX-FOLDER 24/3 Le Coq d’Or
BOX 14 Danses Slaves et Tziganes
BOX-FOLDER 23/14 La Fille du Pharaon
BOX-FOLDER 24/4; 14 The Firebird
BOX-FOLDER 24/5; 23/32; 16; 17; 18 Francesca da Rimini
BOX 5 The Good-Humored Ladies
BOX-FOLDER 24/6; 7 Graduation Ball
BOX-FOLDER 24/7 Icare
BOX-FOLDER 24/8; 20 Les Noces
BOX-FOLDER 24/9; 17; 18 Paganini
BOX-FOLDER 23/1 Les Papillons
BOX 17 Pavana
BOX-FOLDER 23/21; 23/27; 17 Petruchka
BOX-FOLDER 24/10; 14 Les Présages
BOX 20 Pulcinella
BOX-FOLDER 23/32 Romeo and Juliet
BOX-FOLDER 23/20; 9; 14; 17; 18 Shéhérazade
BOX 14 Le Soleil de Nuit [later Midnight Sun]
BOX-FOLDER 23/24 Le Spectre de la Rose
BOX-FOLDER 24/11; 23/32 Les Sylphides
BOX-FOLDER 24/12 Swan Lake
BOX-FOLDER 24/13; 23/1 Symphonie Fantastique
BOX 17; 18 Thamar
BOX 18 Le Tricorne
BOX-FOLDER 24/14 Unidentified Works
BOXES 7-9; 13-22 Photograph Albums
This series contains albums that span the dates 1916 to 1948 and include nearly 3,000 of Serge Grigoriev’s photographs of ballet dancers and colleagues in the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Some are signed and many are unpublished. Included are photographs of George Balanchine, Irina Baronova, Alexandra Danilova, Colonel W. De Basil, Serge Diaghilev, Vladimir Dokoudovsky, Serge Gregoriev, Tamara Grigorieva, David Lichine, Serge Lifar, Léonide Massine, Vera Nemchinova, Bronislava Nijinska, Vaslav Nijinsky, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Tamara Toumanova, and Vera Zorina, just to name a few.
The albums also contain photographs of the company in locations around the world, including Monte-Carlo, Montreux, Roquebrune, Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Barcelona, Montserrat, Paris, Guadalajara, Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, Havana, New York, Lima, La Paz, Buenos Aires, Quito, Bogota, Caracas, Bombay, Melbourne, and Sydney as well as cities throughout Samoa, Ceylon, Central America, Aden, the United States, and New Zealand. Of particular interest is the scrapbook of passport or identification photographs that identify the dancers by their original names.
The albums are rich in performance photographs of works that include Francesca da Reminit, Schéhérazade, Thamar, The Firebird, Paganini, Cendrillon, Cain and Abel, Les Cent Baisers, Aurora’s Wedding, L’Après-midi d’un Faune, Les Présages, Choréartium, Petrouchka, Good Humoured Ladies, Danses Slaves, Blue Danube, Swan Lake, Pulcinella, Le Chant du Rossignol, Les Noces, Petrouchka, and include photographs of the costume and/or set designs for Zéphire et Flore, Renard, Les Biches, Les Fâcheux, and Barabau.
BOX 7 Family photographs, locations ( 1916 )
BOX 8 Uncaptioned, undated photographs of locations, Grigoriev family ( 1917 )
BOX 9 Monte-Carlo, Montreux, Berlin, Edinburgh, Paris, London, Barcelona, Montserrat, 1935 and 1936 tours of U.S. ( 1918-1935 )
BOX 13 Uncaptioned, undated photographs of locations and of the Ballets Russes in performance ( 1919-1920-1921 )
BOX 14 1935 and 1936-1937 tours of US; Barcelona performance photographs of Schérérazade, Les Cent Baisers, Aurora’s Wedding, L’Apres-midi d’un Faune, Les Présages, Chorertium, Good Humored Ladies, Firebird, Danses Slaves et Tziganes, Blue Danube, and Swan Lake. ( 1935-1938 )
BOX 15 London, Paris, Italy, 1938 American tour; Ceylon, Australia, India, New Zealand, Aden ( 1936-1940 )
BOX 17 Australia, London, Schérérazade and Francesca da Rimini; portraits of numerous dancers, including Toumanova, Riabouchinska, Verchinina, Nemchinova, Denisova, Lifar, Lichine, de Basil, Gregoriev, as well as performance shots of Paganini, Pavana, Graduation Ball, and Petruchcka( 1939-1940 )
BOX 16 Lubov Tchernicheva (and others) in Francesca da Rimini (1940 Australia tour) ( 1939-1940 )
BOX 18 Performance shots of Lubov Tchernicheva in Francesca da Rimini, Thamar, Schérérazade, Paganini, Cendrillon, Cain and Abel. Photographs of other dancers include Paul Petroff, Roman Jasinski, Kenneth MacKenzie, Dmitri Rostov, David Lichine, and Edouard Borovansky. This album contains full company and performance shots in Buenos Aires (1944) ( 1944-1946 )
BOX 19 Samoa, Havana, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay, Equador, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Spain ( 1940-1948 )
BOX 20 Album of undated, uncaptioned photographs ( n.d. )
BOX 21 Performance photographs and/or illustrations of set designs for Pulcinella, Le Chant du Rossignol, Les Noces, Zéphire et Flore, Mavra, Renard, Les Biches, Les Facheux, and Barabau ( n.d. )
BOX 22 Headshots of members of Ballets Russes (possibly passport or identification photos; 2 albums) ( n.d. )
BOX 11 Programs
This series contains programs and souvenir programs for Colonel W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes (also known as the Original Ballet Russe) and for Sergei J. Denham’s company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ( 1938-1962 ). For original souvenir programs for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes’s premiere performance of The Firebird (1910) and a 1924 performance at La Scala, see Box 226 in the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Collection.
BOX-FOLDER 11/1 Théatre de la Danse – La Nijinska, Ballets Russes 1934 ; Souvenir Program
BOX-FOLDER 11/2 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes, 1936-1937 ; Souvenir Program
BOX-FOLDER 11/3 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes, 1937
BOX-FOLDER 11/4 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1941
BOX-FOLDER 11/5 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1941 ; Program Supplement
BOX-FOLDER 11/6 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1943-1944 ; Souvenir Program
BOX-FOLDER 11/7 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1944 ; Souvenir Program for Song of Norway
BOX-FOLDER 11/8 Original Ballet Russe, 1946
BOX-FOLDER 11/9 Original Ballet Russe, 1946 ; Souvenir Program
BOX-FOLDER 11/10 Original Ballet Russe, 1946-1947 ; Souvenir Program
BOX-FOLDER 11/11 Loose pages and covers from various souvenir programs
BOX 12 Writings about the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
This series contains publications about two of the famous Russian dance companies: the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev (known also as Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes) and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a company that was created for Léonide Massine upon his departure from Ballets Russes de Colonel W. De Basil. This company was led by Sergei J. Denham and existed from 1938 to 1962.
BOX-FOLDER 12/1 Advertising flyer, The Diaghilev Ballet, 1909-1929, by S.L. Grigoriev
BOX-FOLDER 12/2 Maynard, Olga. Petrouchka: Diaghilev’s 1911, Joffrey’s 1970, n.d.
BOX-FOLDER 12/3 Blanche, Jacques-Emile. Leon Bakst dans le Ballet Russe, n.d. (incomplete)
BOX-FOLDER 12/4 Anderson, Jack, Janet Light, and Malcolm McCormick. The Golden Age of Costume and Set Design for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1944. Cincinnati Art Museum, 2002
BOX-FOLDER 12/5 Art et Danse, no. 4, Juin-Juillet 1959
BOX-FOLDER 12/6 Schaikevitch, Andre. "Le Destin du Ballet de L’Opera," in La Revue Musicale, pp. 278-279, 1971
BOX-FOLDER 12/7 Lifar, Serge. Undated, holograph document (two pages in ink); fragmentary discussion on Prokofiev and Le Fils Prodigue( 1929 ) and an assessment of choreographer Léonide Massine. [Photocopy of original, which can be found in ML95.L54 no. 1]
BOX-FOLDER 12/8 Schouvaloff, Alexander. Serge Diaghilev: The Centenary Exhibition of Les Ballets Russes. The Daniel Katz Gallery, London, 2009
BOX-FOLDER 12/9 Jeschke, Claudia, ed. Schwane und Feuervögel: Die Ballets Russes 1909-1929, Munich, 2009
BOX-FOLDER 12/10 Exhibition brochures: Library of Congress ( 2009 ); New York Public Library for the Performing Arts ( 2009 )
BOX-FOLDER 12/11 Bloom, Julie. “Admiring the Man Who Made Ballet Modern,” in The New York Times, 23 August, 2009
BOX 10 Ballets Russes: Company members; Clippings; Tour Information; Drawings
This series contains miscellaneous materials relating to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-1929) and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (also known as various other names including the Original Ballet Russe, 1932-1952).
BOX-FOLDER 10/1 Receipt acknowledging payment from Serge Diaghilev to Vaslav Nijinsky, 1917
BOX-FOLDER 10/2 Clippings
BOX-FOLDER 10/3 Tour Information
BOX-FOLDER 10/4 Notebook of drawings of members of the Ballets Russes by Grant MacDonald
BOX-FOLDER 10/5 Salary list, undated
BOX-FOLDER 10/6 Personal papers (Grigoriev)
BOX-FOLDER 10/7 Drawings and other images
BOX-FOLDER 10/8 Choreographic notes for Graduation Ball, choreographed by David Lichine in 1940
Choreographed for the original Ballets Russes.

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