Guide to Adolph Bolm performance program clipping C0490
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Adolph Bolm was a Russian-American ballet dancer and choreographer. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1884, Bolm studied ballet from a young age, eventually creating his own dance troupe, as well as finding success with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1909. Bolm retired from the Ballets Russes in 1917 and went on to serve in many different capacities for a number of American ballet companies. In 1940, he assisted with opening the first season of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), then known as Ballet Theatre, in New York City, NY. Bolm served as regisseur-general (stage director) of Ballet Theatre, in addition to choreographing their January 1940 performances of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and another piece titled "Mechanical Ballet." Bolm died in 1951.
Performance program clipping featuring a black and white headshot photo and brief biography of Adolph Bolm, which was also signed by the dancer-choreographer. On the reverse is a photo and brief biography of another ballet dancer, Andre Eglevsky. Due to the description of Bolm as "regisseur-general of the Ballet Theatre" and creator of the 1940 ABT ballet "Peter and the Wolf," in addition to the fact that Eglevsky performed with American Ballet Theatre in the early 1940s, this clipping likely originated from an ABT performance program. However, there is no way to completely verify this.
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The Special Collections Research Center holds many other collections and materials on ballet, including the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 'Les Sylphides' performance photographs by Sasha which features a photograph of Andre Eglevsky.
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Bolm, Adolph, 1884-1951
American Ballet Theatre
Adolph Bolm performance program clipping, C0490, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on February 18, 2010.
Processing completed by Amanda Brent in August 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in August 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.
"Adolph Bolm." American Ballet Theatre, accessed 23, 2021. https://www.abt.org/people/adolph-bolm/?type=archive. Adolph Bolm Collection, (S)*MGZMD 50, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, accessed August 23, 2021, https://aspace.gmu.edu/staff/resources/588/edit#tree::resource_588.
Parker-Jeanette, Cyrus. "Wandering Dancer." Library of Congress, February 2005. https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0502/bolm.html.