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Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo “Les Sylphides” performance photographs by Sasha

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: C0481

Scope and Content

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.

Dates

  • circa 1934

Creator

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use 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.

Biographical and Historical Information

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 René Blum and Colonel W. de Basil in 1932. Blum and de Basil created the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo after the death of Sergei Dhivagilev 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, the latter’s which lasted much longer, until the 1960s.

Extent

.01 Linear Feet (3 photographs)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Three black and white photographs taken by Sasha to promote a London tour performance of “Les Sylphides” by Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, circa 1934.

Arrangement

This is a single folder collection.

Physical Location

R 72, C 3, S 5

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from Schubertiade Music on February 18, 2010.

Related Materials

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 & 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.

Bibliography

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.

Processing Information

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.

Title
Guide to Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo “Les Sylphides” performance photographs by Sasha
Subtitle
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo “Les Sylphides” performance photographs by Sasha
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Brent
Date
May 4, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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