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vickiet

19-06-01, 05:23 PM (GMT)
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"Early 20th Century ballet companies"
 
   I am desperate for information about The International Ballet company which was London-based until disbanding in 1954.

In particular I'd love to know about former members - I think one lady was my Great Aunt.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Amy 19-06-01 1
  RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies ismeneb 20-06-01 2
     RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Fuzzyface 20-06-01 3
         RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Helen 20-06-01 4
  RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Margaret 20-06-01 5
     RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Pete 21-06-01 6
     RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies vickiet 22-06-01 7
         RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies timpow 22-06-01 8
             RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies vickiet 22-06-01 9
                 RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies timpow 22-06-01 10
         RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies Margaret 22-06-01 11

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Amy

19-06-01, 05:58 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   I don't know too much about them off hand, weren't many drawn from other companies? I have a flyer for International Ballet which contains some cast information in my online store
http://stores.andale.com/terpsichore
Look in 'Ballet programmes' or search for International. We also offer a free search service if you were interested in more detailed programmes etc, you can contact me by email if you wish. Which member were you looking for?


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ismeneb

20-06-01, 10:57 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   International Ballet was a privately financed ballet company founded by a young ballerina Mona Inglesby, which toured from 1940 to 1953, in Britain and abroad, performing large-scale classics produced by the former balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet at the Maryinsky, Nicholas Sergeyev. He was Petipa's assistant, and brought the St Petersburg notations of Petipa's ballets to Britain when he left Russia during the Revolution. Sergeyev produced classics first for Ninette de Valois (the Royal Ballet's classic productions are based on his texts), and then for Mona Inglesby in the 1950s. Inglesby (funded entirely at the box office) attracted many interesting artists to IB, including Harold Turner and the young Moira Shearer, but her company was rather eclipsed by the rise of Sadler's Wells Ballet and Alicia Markova's company. She is still alive, and last year was consulted by the Kirov after they produced their new-old "authentic" Sleeping Beauty (now on at Covent Garden). As Sergeyev's friend and patron, she is an indirect link to Petipa. You can read more about this in an article I wrote in the Daily Telegraph about the Kirov's Sleeping Beauty last year, probably available by searching ballet.co's site. If not, email me, and I will send you the information. I have other background material that might help you trace your relative.
Ismene Brown


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Fuzzyface

20-06-01, 11:26 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   You should also contact the Theatre Museum in London, who have information on ballet companies including old programmes and newspaper cuttings.


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Helen

20-06-01, 12:34 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   This was the first ballet company I saw, when I was 6 years old or so, in the 1940s. Alas, I haven't still got the programmes, but I do remember Mona Inglesby very well - I was 13 when they disbanded, I think. I am fairly sure she is still around. I absolutely adored her!


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Margaret

20-06-01, 09:25 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   I too saw the International Ballet as a child and still have a programme from 1953 of a performance of Swan Lake in Coventry and a booklet which is full of photos and a short history of the company. If this is of any interest to you then I would be happy to photocopy and send to you. I will look through my box of programmes to see if there is anything else.
I really enjoyed the company and remember Mona Inglesby well, though it is 50 years since I saw them. Living in the midlands we did not see many companies.
I do hope you find information about your Great Aunt


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Pete

21-06-01, 09:45 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   Here's a cast list (males excluded) from a '51-'52 season programme that I have....

Mona Inglesby
Helene Armfelt
Claudie Algeranova
Joyce Gearing
Bridget Kelly
Myra Kidd
Joyce Lyndon
Sophia Trant
Dorothy Walker
Ena Baguley
Sheila Cairne
Thelma Clifford
Margaret Drew
Marjorie Evans
Veronica Flint
Valerie Goddard
Beatrice Gordon
Judith Ker
Geraldine Lancaster
Suzanne Lewis
Gillian Lowe
Jeanne Lusby
Jeanette Minty
Christine Roberts
Audrey Savery
Tessa Sollom
Marion Stephens
June Summers
and corps de ballet

...hope this helps, let me know if your Great Aunt is in there!


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vickiet

22-06-01, 11:42 AM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   Thank you for your help. I am amazed by the sheer volume of replies and now have lots of information to work on.

I believe my Great Aunt was called Dominique Callaghan and her husband was a Swiss dancer called Michael (pronounced.Michelle)Deluty (I imagine the spellings are incorrect)I also know that they both worked with Ballet Rambert.

If there's any informaiton in your booklet and box of programmes about them I would gladly pay postage for the photocopy.

Regards
Vickie


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timpow

22-06-01, 01:06 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   Back in the mists of time the BBC presented a series called,I think, Ballet for Beginners presented by Felicity Gray. As the name suggests the series was in introduction to ballet and was probably a main factor in introducing me to the art.
Some young dancers from SWTB were used including Davids Blair and Poole and Maryon Lane. Some excerpts from famous works were shown and the leading roles were often portrayed by Domini(sic) Callaghan and Michel de Lutry.


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vickiet

22-06-01, 04:48 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   Wonderful news.
But to show my ignorance who are SWTB ?
Apologies but I think the dance bug missed my generation.


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timpow

22-06-01, 07:15 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   Vickiet
Sorry to have used confusing initials. SWTB were Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet who after a series of name and structure changes have become Birmingham Royal Ballet. They were a wonderful company and very much a younger lively sister company to that at Covent Garden then called Sadlers Wells Ballet.
The company gave early opportunities to many youngsters who mainly came from the school. Great names such as Beriosova,Blair,MacLeary and Sleep were among them as well as Kenneth MacMillan and Peter Wright who both became Artistic Directors of a Royal Ballet company.
The company also gave a shop window to emerging choreographers and we saw many new works from Cranko and MacMillan before they moved to bigger things.
Glad you traced some history relating to Great Aunt Domini.


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Margaret

22-06-01, 09:04 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Early 20th Century ballet companies"
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   My program and photos cover the same names as those listed by Pete and so probably not much use to you. But the names you mention are familiar to me and I am sure I have some information about them somewhere. This sort of enquiry brings back memories of past dancers and performances, so don't be surprised about the response!


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