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Anita Kane Papers
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Description
Anita M. Kane (1910-1984) was a choreographer and dance teacher who grew up in the Philippines and introduced classic ballet to the Philippines through her school, "Studio of the Classic Dance." Under her influence visiting dance companies such as Alexandra Danilova, Royal Ballet, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor performed in the Philippines. She organized the Arts Council of the Philippines and served on many cultural arts committees under presidents Quirno, Macapagal, and Marcos. She organized the Pamana Ballet Company in 1963, the first truly professional ballet company in the Philippines. She was also a writer for the Manila Daily Bulletin among other papers. This collection contains photos and scrapbooks covering nearly sixty years of her professional life from 1935 to 1970.
Background
Anita M. Kane was born in New Zealand, November 23, 1910. Moved with her family to the Philippines early in her childhood. She graduated from the American School High School, Manila, in 1929. She began ballet studies in 1925 with Katerina Makarova, an emigre from Russia to the Philippines. Continued with various teachers while in college(Pomona College in California and University of British Columbia). In 1952 went to London to study with Claude Newman of the Royal Academy of Dancing; studied with Harold Turner, official coach with the Royal Ballet. She had begun teaching ballet in Manila in 1934 and continued until 1969 except for three years spent in an Interment Camp during the Japanese occupation during World War II. During these years she more than any other teacher introduced classic ballet to the Philippines through her school, "Studio of the Classic Dance." Her company presented the classical works (Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Coppelia et al) as well as ballets based on folklore, allegorical dance dramas, pageants, water ballets, and interpretive and experimental dance. Under her influence visiting dance companies such as Alexandra Danilova, Royal Ballet, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor performed in the Philippines. She organized the Arts Council of the Philippines and served on many cultural arts committees under presidents Quirno, Macapagal, and Marcos. She organized the Pamana Ballet Company in 1963, the first truly professional ballet company in the Philippines. Her work as a choreographer and writer should be noted. She wrote regularly for the Manila Daily Bulletin and other papers. She various series of articles on dance under the general title "Before the Curtain Rises" is included in this collection. Anita Kane moved to California in 1970 to be near her recently widowed sister and settled in Rohnert Park in northern California. Until the last year of her life she was director of two dance studios in Healdsburg and Rohnert Park. In her late years she was honored frequently for her contributions to ballet. Perhaps the most important to her was the special performances in her honor of Giselle in the Philippines for which she flew to Manila for the performances in 1988. Anita Kane died of a heart attack on January 6,1994. She was 83 years old.
Extent
10 Boxes. 5 linear feet.
Restrictions
Reproduction of these materials can occur only if the copying falls within the provisions of the doctrine of fair use. Copyright varies by item.
Availability
Entire Collection is open for research.