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BOX 1- 6 REEL 1-5 Labanotation, 1947-1981
The Labanotation series consists of dance scores written in Labanotation. Hungarian-born dancer and choreographer Rudolf von Laban (1879–1958) created the system and introduced it in Kinetographie Laban, which he published in 1928. Labanotation uses symbols written on a vertical staff to represent different aspects of a specific movement: body part, direction, level, duration, and physical and emotional dynamics. The Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, which Eve Gentry and Ann Hutchinson Guest founded in 1940, holds the largest collection of dance scores written in Labanotation.

The items in this series document the choreographed works of George Balanchine, Ray Cook, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, Kurt Jooss, Sophie Maslow, Léonide Massine, and Antony Tudor. The scores were written by professional dance notators, including Ray Cook, Els Grelinger, Airi Hynninen, Ann Hutchinson Guest, Jane Marriett, and Muriel Topaz, among others. Hanya Holm’s dances from the hit Broadway musical My Fair Lady (1956), are especially noteworthy, along with Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend, (1975), which she choreographed for renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Unlike the other works in the series, Ray Cook’s Theme and Variations (1981) was a pedagogical work intended as an introduction to Labanotation.
A microfilm edition of select works are available on five reels that are shelved as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus). To promote preservation of the originals, researchers are required to consult the microfilm edition.
Arranged alphabetically by choreographer’s last name and therein by title of the dance work.
Balanchine, George
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Allegro Brilliante, 1977
Notator: Richard Holden
Copyright number and date: Du 106982; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 REEL 2 Bourrée Fantasque, 1949?
Synopsis of thematic content, 1 page
Notator: Ann Hutchinson Guest with Els Grelinger
Copyright number and date: Du 35212; 1953
Also available as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus). Made from NYPL copy
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 REEL 3 Symphonie Concertante, 1947?
Synopsis of thematic content, 1 page
Notator: Ann Hutchinson with Els Grelinger
Copyright number and date: Du 35213; 1953
Also available as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus). Made from NYPL copy
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 REEL 4 Symphony in C, 1948
Synopsis of thematic content, 1 page
Notator: Ann Hutchinson with Els Grelinger
Copyright number and date: Du 35214; 1953
Also available as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus). Made from NYPL copy
Cook, Ray
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Theme and Variations, 1981
Two printed copies
Notator: Ray Cook
Copyright number and date: PA 130-652; 1981 November 2
De Mille, Agnes
BOX-FOLDER 1/6-8 Fall River Legend, 1975
Notator: Jane Marriett
Copyright number and date: Du 106977; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 5/1-2 Rodeo, 1976
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Notator: Jane Marriett
Copyright number and date: Du 106986; 1977 December 30
Holm, Hanya
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 REEL 1 My Fair Lady dances, 1956?
Description, 2 pages
Notator: Els Grelinger
Copyright number and date: Du 45865; 1957 October 16
Also available as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus)
Humphrey, Doris
REEL 5 Day on Earth, 1963
Notator: Muriel Topaz
Copyright number and date: Du 58898; 1963 November 12
Available as Microfilm 2021/02436 (Mus)
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Night Spell, 1974
Notator: Jane Marriett
Copyright number and date: Du 106985; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 Ritmo Jondo, 1976
Notator: Ray Cook
Copyright number and date: Du 106984; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-2 With My Red Fires, 1965
Notator: Muriel Topaz
Copyright number and date: DP 9443; 1975 May 12
Jooss, Kurt
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 A Ball in Old Vienna, 1976
Notator: Jane Marriett
Copyright number and date: Du 106983; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 6/1 The Big City, 1974
Notator: Airi Hynninen
Copyright number and date: Du 106980; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 The Green Table, 1977
Notator: Muriel Topaz, Charlotte Wile
Copyright number and date: Du 106969; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Pavane on the Death of an Infanta, 1976
Notator: Charlotte Wile
Copyright number and date: Du 106971; 1977 December 30
Maslow, Sophie
BOX-FOLDER 2/6-7 Folksay, 1972
Notator: K. Wright Dunkley
Copyright number and date: Du 106978; 1977 December 30
Massine, Léonide
BOX-FOLDER 3/1-2 Le Beau Danube, 1971
Notator: Ann Hutchinson Guest, assisted by Jocelyne Asselbourg and Conrad van der Wetering
Copyright number and date: Du 106967; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 3/3 Gaité Parisiene, 1974
Notator: Airi Hynninen
Copyright number and date: Du 106979; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 3/4 Parade, 1974
Notator: Jocelyne Asselbourg
Copyright number and date: Du 106974; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 3/5-6 Pulcinella, 1974
Notator: Lynne Weber
Copyright number and date: Du 106972; 1977 December 30
Tudor, Antony
BOX-FOLDER 4/1 Cereus, 1972
Notator: Muriel Topaz
Copyright number and date: Du 106973; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 4/2 Continuo, 1976
Notator: Muriel Topaz
Copyright number and date: Du 106879; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 4/3-4 Jardin aux Lilas, 1967
Notator: Muriel Topaz
Copyright number and date: Du 106968; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 4/5 The Leaves Are Fading, 1975
Notator: Airi Hynninen
Copyright number and date: Du 106976; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 4/6-7 Offenbach in the Underworld, 1975
Notator: Lynne Weber
Copyright number and date: Du 106975; 1977 December 30
BOX-FOLDER 4/8 Soirée Musicale, 1975
Notator: Ann Hutchinson, 1962; revised by Airi Hynninen, Muriel Topaz and Rochelle Zide, 1975
Copyright number and date: Du 106981; 1977 December 30
BOX 5 Other Dance Notation, 1893
The Other Dance Notation series includes a 10-page typed manuscript with hand-written corrections of Ida Craddock’s Danse du ventre [Dance of the Abdomen] (1893). Describing the movement, Craddock explains how Egyptian belly dancing has instructional value for nineteenth-century marriage.
Arranged alphabetically by author and and therein by title of work.
Craddock, Ida C.
BOX-FOLDER 5/3 Danse du ventre [Dance of the Abdomen] as performed in the Cairo Street Theatre, Midway Plaisance, Chicago, 1893
Typed manuscript with corrections, ten pages
Copyright date: 1893 October 27
Note: No Copyright Office registration number

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