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BOX 1-8 Photographs, 1944-1956
This series contains black-and-white photo contact sheets, negatives, and photographs (some mounted) taken by Larry Colwell. Subjects include studio portraits of individual artists (headshots as well as costumed full body images), group shots in costume and in rehearsal. The collection includes two images of choreographer George Balanchine in rehearsal and a photograph of Alexandra Danilova watching a rehearsal. Ballets pictured include John Taras's The Minotaur (1947); Giselle (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production, undated); Raymonda (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production, 1946); The Snow Maiden (Nijinska, 1946 production); Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (1946); Scotch Symphony (Balanchine, 1952); Balanchine's Serenade (1934); Danses Concertantes (Balanchine, 1944); and Lew Christensen’s 1947 failed ballet Blackface or Ruthanna Boris's 1951 Cakewalk. Most of the artists are drawn from ballet, but modern dance artists such as Talley Beatty, Valerie Bettis, and Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage are also among the subjects. Also included are a number of mounted photographs of Colwell’s work.
Most of the contact sheets and negatives have a unique number assigned. The collection does not include corresponding negatives for the mounted photographs, many of which have markings that indicate they were part of an exhibit or commercial display.
Divided first by function (studio or publicity photos, rehearsal photos, art shots), then arranged alphabetically by name of dancer, company, or subject. When no date information is known, filmstrip numbers have been used to help substantiate an order. Unidentified and miscellaneous items are listed at the end of the series or subseries.
BOX 1-5 Studio or publicity photos, 1944-1951, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-2 Beatty, Talley, undated
2 contact prints; 2 negatives
Costumed in tattered attire for unidentified ballet
"NYC Ballet book" on verso
Filmstrip 4-1132
BOX-FOLDER 1/3-4 Beatty, Talley, with unidentified dancer, undated
2 contact prints; 2 negatives
Duo costumed in tattered attire for unidentified ballet
"NYC Ballet book" on verso
Filmstrip 4-1132
BOX-FOLDER 1/5-6 Beatty, Talley, undated
11 8x10 contact prints; 12 negatives
Costumed dance shots; unidentified work
Filmstrip 4-1341
BOX-FOLDER 1/7-8 Bettis, Valerie, undated
2 8x10 contact prints, 2 negatives
Costumed poses of unidentified work
Filmstrip 4-1200
BOX-FOLDER 1/9-10 Bolender, Todd, with Tanaquil Le Clercq and Maria Tallchief, undated
4 8x10 contact prints; 3 negatives
Costumed poses of unidentified work
Filmstrip 4-1198
BOX-FOLDER 1/11-12 Boris, Ruthanna, [1947?]
2 8x10 contact prints; 2 negatives
Possibly Lew Christensen's 1947 Blackface for Ballet Society or Boris's 1951 Cakewalk
Filmstrip 4-1048
BOX-FOLDER 1/13-14 Boris, Ruthanna, with Frank Hobi [?}, undated
1 8x10 contact print; 1 negative
Costumed in pancake tutu in blackface; possibly Blackface or Cakewalk
Filmstrip 4-1048
BOX-FOLDER 1/15-16 Boris, Ruthanna, undated
5 8x10 contact prints; 15 negatives
Costumed in pancake tutu for unidentified ballet
Filmstrip 4-1109
BOX-FOLDER 1/17-18 Boris, Ruthanna, with Leon Danielian, undated
1 8x10 contact print; 1 negative
"Ballet Russe book" on verso
Filmstrip 4-1165
BOX-FOLDER 1/19 Boris, Ruthanna, with Frederic Franklin, undated
2 8x10 contact prints from same negative
Costumed in pancake tutu for unidentified ballet
Filmstrip 4-1255
BOX-FOLDER 1/20-21 Boris, Ruthanna, undated
5 8x10 contact prints; 9 negatives
Costumed in pancake tutu for unidentified ballet
One pose sitting with book
Filmstrip 4-1459
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-2 Boris, Ruthanna, undated
1 8x10 contact print; 1 negative
Costumed in Romantic tutu for unidentified ballet; no filmstrip number
BOX-FOLDER 2/3-4 Cage, John, 1947
4 contact prints, various sizes; 5 negatives
Headshots
Filmstrip 6-1101
BOX-FOLDER 2/5-6 Celli, Vincenzo, 1946
3 5x8 prints; 3 negatives
Headshots
Filmstrip 4-708
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 Cunningham, Merce, 1946
3 5x8 contact prints
Headshots
Filmstrip 4-798
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 Cunningham, Merce, 1946?
3 5x8 contact prints [2 from same negative]
Headshots
Filmstrip 4-1270
BOX-FOLDER 2/9-10 Danielian, Leon, with Nathalie Krassovska, undated
6 8x10 contact prints; 6 negatives
Assorted poses; costumed (pancake tutu) for unidentified ballet
Filmstrip 4-1063
BOX-FOLDER 2/11-12 Danielian, Leon, undated
7 8x10 contact prints; 11 negatives
Assorted poses
Filmstrip 4-1093
BOX-FOLDER 2/13-14 Danielian, Leon, with Mary Ellen Moylan, circa 1944
9 8x10 contact prints; 9 negatives
Costumed for Balanchine's Danses Concertantes
Filmstrip 4-1277
BOX-FOLDER 2/15-16 Danilova, Alexandra, with Frederic Franklin, undated
2 8x10 contact prints; 2 negatives
Costumed for unidentified ballet
Filmstrip 4-1161
BOX-FOLDER 2/17-18 Franklin, Frederic, undated
3 8x10 contact prints; 4 negatives
Headshots and mid-shots
Filmstrip 4-1095
BOX-FOLDER 2/19-20 Franklin, Frederic, undated
2 contact prints: one 5x8; one 8x10; 4 negatives
Leaps or jumps, costumed for unidentified ballet
No filmstrip number
BOX-FOLDER 3/1 Hobi, Frank, undated
4 negatives
Costumed for unidentified ballet(s)
Filmstrip 4-1526
BOX-FOLDER 3/2-3 Krassovska, Natalie, 1946
1 5x7 contact print; 1 negative
Unidentified ballet
Filmstrip 4-679
BOX-FOLDER 3/4 Krassovska, Natalie, 1946
1 negative
Possibly Nijinska's Snow Maiden
Filmstrip 4-679
BOX-FOLDER 3/5-6 Krassovska, Natalie, 1946
3 contact prints of various sizes; 7 negatives
"Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo" on verso; possibly Raymonda
Filmstrip 4-835 and 1 conjoined contact sheet with contact print lacking filmstrip number
BOX-FOLDER 3/7-8 Krassovska, Natalie, 1947?
2 photos: 1 5x7; 1 8x10
Costumed and with castanets; role unidentified
Filmstrip 4-1055
BOX-FOLDER 3/9 Krassovska, Natalie, undated
1 negative
Costumed headshot
No filmstrip number
BOX-FOLDER 3/10-11 Le Clercq, Tanaquil, circa 1947
3 contact prints; 3 negatives
Costumed for John Taras's Minotaur
Filmstrip 4-1133
BOX-FOLDER 3/12-13 Le Clercq, Tanaquil, with Francisco Moncion, circa 1947
4 contact prints
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