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BOX 1, 3 Iconography, 1935-1987
This series contains photographs, negatives, and several pieces of artwork, most of which depict or pertain to Eleanor King and date between 1970 and 1988. Other modern dancers depicted include José Limón and Andrea Seidel, performing King’s choreographed works. These dances, among others, include Hornpipe (1937-1938), To the West (1943), Northwest Indian Spirit Dance (1945), Transformations (1950-1951), Il Combattimento di Tancredie e Clorinda (1954), The Well-Tempered Dancer (1967), Temptation of St. Anthony (1969), and A Fantasy on T’ai Chi (1975). Portraits and headshots are present, as well as candid shots of King while teaching. These images represent the work of many photographers, including Thomas Bouchard and his daughter Diane Bouchard, Jane Grossenbacher, Cissie Ludlow, and Howard Whitlatch. Unless otherwise indicated, the photographs or negatives depict King alone.
The series also contains two watercolor paintings by Eleanor King.
Organized as two subseries.
Photographs, 1935-1987
Photographs and negatives of Eleanor King and other dancers performing King's works as well as headshots and candid photographs of King. Where no credit is listed, the photographer is unknown. Dates listed refer to the date of the photograph, not the premiere of the work.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Beasts and Saints, undated
Photographer unknown
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 Byzantiou, 1956
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Characters of the Annunciation, circa 1943
Photography by Thomas Bouchard
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 Contact sheets, undated
Photography by Jane Grossenbacher
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Dance in the Afternoon, 1954
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Delight Makers, 1966
Includes: Sidney Pellissier; Tom Schumacher; Ed Brown; Eddie Baker
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Enthousiasmus, undated
Photography by Cissie Ludlow
Includes: Andrea Seidel
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 A Fantasy on T'ai Chi, undated
Includes: Jan Hendrix; Judy Howie; Camille Maurine; Louisa Putnam; Andrea Seidel
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Haniwa, 1963
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/13-14 Hogoromo, 1962, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/15-16 Hornpipe, 1937-1938, undated
Photography by Robert McAfee and unknown
Note: Bennington School of Dance is location for one image
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 Invocation, 1953
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/18-19 Japanese Trance Dance, 1971
Photography by Paul Jackson
BOX-FOLDER 1/20-21 Japanese Trance Dance, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 King, headshots, 1987
Photography by Victoria Rogers
Note: New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts
BOX-FOLDER 1/11-12, 3/3 King, headshots, undated
Photography by Marcus Blechman and unknown
BOX-FOLDER 1/22 King teaching, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/23 King with paintings, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/24-26 Mater Dolorosa, 1935, 1977, undated
Photography by E. Mueller, Cissie Ludlow, unknown
BOX-FOLDER 1/27 Mitsumen Kourori, 1962
BOX-FOLDER 1/28-29 Moon Dances, undated
Photography by Diane Bouchard, Ernst Kassowitz
BOX-FOLDER 1/30 Night Song, 1979
BOX-FOLDER 1/31-33 Northwest Indian Spirit Dance, 1945, 1984, undated
Photography by Diane Bouchard, Thomas Bouchard, Jane Grossenbacher
BOX-FOLDER 1/34 Roads to Hell, undated
Photography by Thomas Bouchard
BOX-FOLDER 1/35-36 Sal Puri (Korean Shaman Dance), 1981, undated
Photography by Bergsohn and unknown
BOX-FOLDER 1/37 Salutation: A Meditation on the East, 1963
BOX-FOLDER 1/38 Soliloquy in the Morning, 1954
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/39-40 Tabaruzaka, 1975, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/41 Tancredi e Clorinda, 1954
BOX-FOLDER 1/42-43 Temptation of St. Anthony, 1970, undated
Includes: Ray Rickles; Paul Jackson
BOX-FOLDER 1/44 To the West, undated
BOX-FOLDER 1/45 Transformations, 1955
Photography by Howard Whitlatch
BOX-FOLDER 1/46-50 The Well-Tempered Dancer (trio and solo versions), 1977-1978, undated
Photography by Jane Grossenbacher, Cissie Ludlow
Includes: Students at Ewha University, South Korea, in trio version
BOX-FOLDER 1/51-55 Unidentified, 1981, undated
Photography by Cissie Ludlow and unknown
Includes: Juanita Londaño Barry, Eleanor King, José Limón, unidentified dancers
Artwork, 1958
Two watercolor paintings by Eleanor King.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
BOX-FOLDER 3/2 Dances with Suzu, 1958
BOX-FOLDER 3/4 Sado Okasa Line Dance, undated
BOX 2 Writings, 1970-1988
This series consists chiefly of newspaper and magazine articles that Nicole Plett wrote between 1970 and 1988. These publications encompass topics related to dance artists Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Deborah Hay, Bill T. Jones, Eleanor King, Mark Morris, Steve Paxton, and Twyla Tharp. Also present is an exhibit catalog, Eleanor King: Sixty Years in American Dance, autographed by Eleanor King, and Plett's compilation of King’s choreographic works.
Arranged alphabetically.
BOX-FOLDER 2/1 Articles, 1981-1986
BOX-FOLDER 2/2 List of choreographic works, 1970, 1982, 1988
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 Sixty Years in American Dance. Edited by Nicole Plett. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988
Exhibit catalog, autographed on cover by Eleanor King
BOX 2 Interviews, 1982-2003
This series consists of notes and excerpts of interviews conduced by Nicole Plett with American choreographers between 1982 and 2003. Some of these artists were associated with the Judson Dance Theater. Other subjects included Black choreographers Bill T. Jones and Rennie Harris. In addition to these excerpts, recordings of most of these interviews, as well as additional interviews with Eve Gentry, Alonzo King, Steve Paxton, and Edward Villella, were transferred to the Library of Congress Motion picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division.
Arranged alphabetically by interviewee.
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 Childs, Lucinda, 1985 November 3
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Gordon, David, 1987 February 13
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Harris, Rennie, 2003 October 24
BOX-FOLDER 2/7-8 Hay, Deborah, 1982 December 2, 2000 July 12
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Jones, Bill T., 2002 January 12
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 King, Eleanor, 1987 July 30
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 Morris, Mark, 1993 October 16
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 Tharp, Twyla, 2001 February 14
BOX 2, 3 Files on Eleanor King, 1940-1999
This series consists of a small amount of clippings, correspondence, programs, and promotional material related to Eleanor King. The newspaper and magazine clippings encompass performance reviews, an obituary, and articles about King’s distinctive choreographic style. The programs and promotional material document events at which Eleanor King or other modern dancers performed her choreographed works. Programs for the Eleanor King Retrospective Dance Concert (1988) and the 14th Annual Governors Awards (1987), at which King was honored, are especially notable. The correspondence includes letters from Myra Ellen Jenkins, John Martin, and Genevieve Oswald to Andrea Seidel about restaging, performing, and videotaping King’s works, as well as a letter from Lynn Garafola to Nicole Plett regarding King’s performance in the Rite of Spring in New York City. This series also includes a copy of King’s article “Indian Dance in the Northwest” (Dance Observer, 1945) as well as her curriculum vitae.
Arranged alphabetically by material type.
BOX-FOLDER 2/13, 3/1 Clippings, circa 1940, 1982-1991
BOX-FOLDER 2/14 Correspondence, 1977-1978, 1987
Contents: Lynn Garafola; Myra Ellen Jenkens; John Martin; Genevieve Oswald; James Rutherford; Andrea Seidel; Muriel Topaz
BOX-FOLDER 2/15 Curriculum vitae of Eleanor King, circa 1985
BOX-FOLDER 2/16 Interview, 1981
Note: Interview of Eleanor King, conducted by Charles Fort
BOX-FOLDER 2/17 King, Eleanor. "Indian Dance in the Northwest," 1945
Published in Dance Observer 12, 1945

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