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Royal Danish Ballet Photograph Album on the Premiere of Giselle
MS.P.072  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Processing Note
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Bibliography

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: Royal Danish Ballet photograph album on the premiere of Giselle
    Creator: Kongelige Danske ballet
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.P.072
    Physical Description: 0.9 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversized folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1956
    Abstract: The collection comprises a photograph album created by the Royal Danish Ballet and presented to visiting Russian choreographer Alexandre Volinine. The album commemorates the company's premiere of Giselle on November 10-11, 1946, staged in Copenhagen by Volinine. Giselle, featuring the company's principle ballerina, Margot Lander, was one of the company's most successful runs of the decade.
    Language of Material: Danish .

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Royal Danish Ballet photograph album on the premiere of Giselle. MS-P072. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2007.

    Processing History

    Processed by Cyndi Shein, 2007.

    Processing Note

    During processing, the duplicate photographs, house program, and broadsides were removed and stored separately for preservation purposes.

    Historical Background

    The Royal Danish Ballet evolved from Danish theater and traces its roots to the 1748 opening of Denmark's Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. The ballet company experienced its greatest success and growth under the direction of three noteworthy masters, Vicenzo Galeotti (1775-1816), Auguste Bournonville (1830-1877), and Harald Lander (1932-1951). Galeotti increased the number of dancers in the company, introduced Denmark to an international repertory, developed native dancers and composers, and staged popular ballets. Bournonville's reign is often called the "Golden Age." He was the principle male dancer until 1848 and built a rich and diverse repertory. A century later, Harald Lander revived and modernized the faltering company. During the 1930s and 1940s he nurtured and showcased talented dancers such as Margot Lander and Borge Ralov and brought in internationally acclaimed choreographers such as the Russian Alexandre Volinine.
    Giselle, staged by Volinine in 1946, was one of the Royal Danish Ballet's most successful runs of the decade. The ballet featured lead dancers Margot Lander and Borge Ralov. Lander danced the title role and her performance earned her the Teaterpokalen great performance trophy awarded by the dance critics of Copenhagen.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection comprises a photograph album created by the Royal Danish Ballet and presented to visiting Russian choreographer, Alexandre Volinine. The album commemorates the company's premiere of Giselle on November 10-11, 1946, which was staged in Copenhagen by Volinine. It is inscribed to Volinine and signed on behalf of the Chief of the Royal Theatre by Hennings Rahde (secretary) and S. Bertholdt (head administrator). The first photograph is a portrait of the company with Volinine, signed by the photographer, [Rigmor] Mydtskov. All other photographs are of the dancers during the performance. Inserted in the album were duplicate photographs and a Kongelige Teatre (Royal Theatre) house program for the 1946-47 season. Also included are two broadsides advertising the 1946 performances of the Royal Danish Ballet, one of them inscribed from the dance master, Harald Lander, to Volinine.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged by type of material.
    Aschengreen, E. "Royal Danish Ballet." The International Encyclopedia of Dance. Ed. Selma Jeanne Cohen and the Dance Perspectives Foundation. Oxford University Press, 2003.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Broadsides -- 20th century.
    Photograph albums -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints -- 20th century.
    Dance cards
    Ballet dancers.
    Giselle (Choreographic work) -- Photographs.
    Giselle (Choreographic work) -- Archives.
    Lander, Margot
    Mydtskov, Rigmor
    Volinin, Aleksandr Emel'ianovich -- Archives
    Kongelige Danske ballet -- Photographs
    Kongelige Danske ballet -- Archives