Guide to Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo "Les Sylphides" performance photographs by Sasha C0481
Published by George Mason University Libraries
Alexander Stewart, known by the mononym Sasha, was a Scottish photographer known for his portraits of theatrical productions and entertainers, particularly of the London theatre scene. Born in 1892, he was also the inventor of the Sashalite, a popular camera flashbulb that was used internationally and created the signature dramatic look of his photographs. Sasha passed away in 1953.
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo was a ballet company founded by Rene Blum and Colonel W. de Basil in 1932. Blum and de Basil created the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo after the death of Sergei Diaghilev and the dissolution of the original Ballets Russes. The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo was the first major platform for choreographer-dancers like George Balanchine and Leonide Massine. However, the original company did not last long and split in 1938, with one faction following de Basil and the other following Massine. Massine's company lasted until the 1960s, much longer than de Basil's.
Three black and white photographs taken by Sasha to promote a London tour performance of "Les Sylphides" by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The first photo features the ballet dancers Andre Eglevsky and Alexandra Danilova posed together. The second and third photos feature Eglevsky with a trio of corps de ballet dancers in different poses. On the back of each photo is a typewritten description, labeling the prominent dancers' names, the company name, and that they will be performing at the St. James Theatre in London. The photographer's stamp is also on the back of the first photo.
This is a single folder collection.
There are no access restrictions.
There are no other restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo "Les Sylphides" performance photographs by Sasha must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
The Special Collections Research Center holds many other collections and materials related to ballet.
The Getty Museum, the National Portrait Gallery of London, and the Victoria and Albert Museum all hold photographs by Sasha.
The New York Public Library, Archives and Manuscripts Division holds the Records of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
The New York Public Library, Jerome Robbins Dance Division holds the Interview with Frederic Franklin, a former member of the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo. His experience in the company is the dominant subject of the interview.
Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo "Les Sylphides" performance photographs by Sasha, C0481, 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 April 2021. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in April 2021. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo." Encyclopedia Britannica, accessed May 4, 2021. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ballet-Russe-de-Monte-Carlo.
"Sasha." Getty Images Gallery, accessed May 4, 2021. https://www.gettyimagesgallery.com/collection/sasha/.
"Sasha (Alexander Stewart) (1892-1953), Photographer." National Portrait Gallery, London, accessed May 4, 2021. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp87592/sasha-alexander-stewart.
"The Sashalite by Sasha." Photos.com by Getty Images, accessed May 4, 2021. https://photos.com/featured/the-sashalite-sasha.html.