Oukrainsky Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Oukrainsky Collection
Dates: 1916-1964
Collection Number: 979.029
Creator/Collector: Oukrainsky, Serge (1886-1972)
Extent: 36 Boxes. 40 linear feet.
Repository: Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library
San Francisco, California 94124
Abstract: Serge Oukrainsky (1886-1972) was a Russian-born dancer, teacher and choreographer. He began his stage career as a mime in the French Musical Festival at the Theatre de Chatelet in 1911. In 1913, he moved to the United States with partner Anna Pavlova and the Anna Pavlova Company. He stayed until 1915 when he moved to Chicago where he became leading dancer, choreographer and director of the Chicago Opera Ballet and established the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet with Andreas Pavley, which became the official ballet of the Chicago Grand Opera. In 1927, he became ballet master of the San Francisco Opera Ballet and the Los Angeles Opera Ballet and staged ballets for symphonic concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as choreographing for several films. This collection details the life and career of Serge Oukrainsky and includes biographical information, correspondence, Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet Company financial and artistic records, photographs (some autographed), press clippings, programs, manuscripts, his autobiography “My Life in Ballet,” sketches, and a great many costumes.
Language of Material: English

Access

Entire Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

Oukrainsky Collection. Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by Russell Hartley. Supposedly, a friend of his rescued it before it went to the dump and gave it to Russell Hartley.

Biography/Administrative History

Serge Oukrainsky (1886-1972) was a Russian-born dancer, teacher and choreographer. He began his stage career as a mime in the French Musical Festival at the Theatre de Chatelet in 1911. In 1913, he moved to the United States with partner Anna Pavlova and the Anna Pavlova Company. He stayed until 1915 when he moved to Chicago where he became leading dancer, choreographer and director of the Chicago Opera Ballet and established the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet with Andreas Pavley, which became the official ballet of the Chicago Grand Opera. In 1927, he became ballet master of the San Francisco Opera Ballet and the Los Angeles Opera Ballet and staged ballets for symphonic concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as choreographing for several films.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection details the life and career of Serge Oukrainsky and includes biographical information, correspondence, Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet Company financial and artistic records, photographs (some autographed), press clippings, programs, manuscripts, his autobiography “My Life in Ballet,” sketches, and a great many costumes.

Indexing Terms

Choreographers
Dance teachers
Dancers
Pavley, Andreas, 1892-1931
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931.
Anna Pavlova Company
Chicago Grand Opera Company (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago Opera Ballet
Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Opera.
Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet
San Francisco Opera.
Theatre de Chatelet

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