About this page

Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (1)

Archives described on the Archives Hub are held in repositories across the UK

  • this Description
  • View XML | View Text
This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/11
Dates of Creation 1916-1944
Name of Creator Anton Dolin
Language of Material English
Physical Description 4 volumes

Scope and Content

A collection of cuttings books of press material, programs, and photographs recording Anton Dolin's stage career between 1916 - 1944.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anton Dolin (born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healy-Kaye 1904 - 1983) was the first great British-born danseur of the 20th century. Having performed as a child actor he trained with Grace and Lily Cone in Brighton and from 1917 as a dancer with Serafina Astafieva. He gained recognition dancing with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921 -1922; 1923 - 1925 and 1929.

Dolin was always concerned to take ballet to new audiences and consequently ready to dance in variety, revues, pantomime and on film with ballet companies. In the 1920s he established his own group working with Ninette de Valois, Phyllis Bedells and Vera Nemchinova presenting ballets at the London Coliseum and subsequently played a significant role in the foundation of 20th century British ballet dancing with the Camargo Society (1930-1933) and the Vic-Wells Ballet where his partnership with Alicia Markova was consolidated. In 1935 he established the Markova-Dolin Ballet which toured extensively throughout Britain for two seasons (1935 - 1937). Dolin subsequently joined the de Basil Ballet Russes before working in the USA with the new Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) and again running further Markova Dolin companies and concert groups.

In 1948 Markova and Dolin returned to Britain, initially to guest with Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden but also to present ballet in arenas and tour in Britain. This led to the formation in 1950 of Festival Ballet, later London's Festival Ballet, (now English National Ballet) where Dolin remained as Artistic Director and premier danseur until 1961. He never stopped performing, taking on acting and mime roles. Dolin was a notable danseur noble, a popular partner who encouraged young ballerinas and formed notable stage partnerships with Markova, Nemchinova, and Irina Baronova. He encouraged boys to study ballet and produced important stagings of Giselle, as well as his own version of Pas de Quatre and the companion showpiece for men, Variations for Four. At the end of his life he received a knighthood for services to dance.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 2 November 1995, Lot 415.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Anton Dolin biographical files, photographic files and files on the Markova-Dolin Ballet, the Ballet Russe, American Ballet Theatre and Festival Ballet are held in the Core Collection. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance hold several costumes worn by Dolin. See also the London Archives of the Dance (THM/238) for a Dolin photo album; the Cyril W. Beaumont Collection (THM/239) for designs for the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the Rachel Cameron Collection (THM/414) for extensive holdings including a large photographic collection on Dolin which complement material in these cuttings books.

Also see THM/12 - Anton Dolin Scrapbooks (2) for material covering 1926-1952.

Personal Names

Dolin, Anton. ( 1904-1983)
Pavlova, Anna. ( 1881-1931)

Cataloguing Info

Title Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (1)
Creation Created by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-05-25

Cuttings Book 1916 - 1921

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/11/1
Dates of Creation Jan 1916 - Dec 1921
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book containing press material, pictures, and programs from performances of Patrick Kaye [Anton Dolin] including Matinee for the Red Cross and Order of St. John at the Alhambra, Bluebell in Fairyland, Peter Pan, The Hundredth Chance, Betty at Brighton Theatre Royal, The Man Who Knew the Future at Brighton Palace Pier, Autumn Festival, a matinee at St. James' Theatre, London, in aid of Thirlestane Castle Auxiliary Convalescent Home for Officers, Fedora at the Globe, exhibition of country dances and Russian ballet, dancers matinee in aid of the Ivory Cross at the Winter Garden, and The Sleeping Princess. Specific items include the scripts for the role of Peter in Bluebell in Fairyland and the First Boy in Autumn Festival.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1928 - 1932

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/11/2
Dates of Creation Mar 1928 - Dec 1932
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material relating to ballet in Britain during this time period. Featured dancers include: Seraphine Astafieva, Vera Nemchinova, Phyllis Bedells, Edouard Espinosa, Wendy Toye, Percy Anderson, and Anna Pavolva. Featured performances include: Rambert and Turner performing at Maddermarket, 1928; Miners' Midnight Matinee, 1929; Sunshine Matinee, 1930; Grosvenor House Cabaret, 22-28 June; God of Gods at Everyman, August 1931. Featured articles include: ''A Study of Negro Dancing'' by Arnold Haskell; extracts from The Dancer; various articles about the campaign for British ballet.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1919 - 1944

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/11/3
Dates of Creation Nov 1919 - Nov 1944
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press material, programs related to Russian and British ballet. Three calling cards for Patrick Kay [Anton Dolin] are also present.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.


Cuttings Book 1927

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/11/4
Dates of Creation Mar 1927 - Dec 1927
Physical Description 1 volume

Scope and Content

Cuttings book of press cuttings related to Anton Dolin's performances of Whitebirds with Ninette de Valois at His Majesty's Theatre on 31 May 1927; The Nightingale and the Rose with Vera Nemchinova at the London Coliseum on 5 September 1927; Le Lac des Cygnes at the Bristol Hippodrame on 14 October 1927, Salle Pleyel in Paris on 11 November 1927, Leicester Palace on 14 November 1927, Manchester Hippodrome on 21 November 1927, London Coliseum on 28 November 1927, and Grand Theatre Birmingham on 26 December 1927.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this item is at the discretion of the Archivist, for conservation reasons as the item may be fragile. Please contact tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk regarding access arrangements to view this item.