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This material is held at V&A Department of Theatre and Performance
Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412
Dates of Creation 1913-2006
Name of Creator Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer
Language of Material English
Physical Description 2 boxes, 29 files

Scope and Content

Collection of material documenting the work of American choreographer Millicent Hodson (b.1945) and her husband the art historian, Kenneth Archer (b.1943), who supervises the reconstruction of the designs, who operate under the name of Ballets Old and New.

The collection, which has been built up over time, includes articles, programmes, press material, copy drawings relating to individual projects and productions. The Hodson Archer team have mounted ballets based on those by George Balanchine, Jean Borlin and Vaslav Nijinsky such as le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), Jeux, Til Eulenspiegel. There is information on Hodson's other creations, including her collaboration with Leslie Anne Sayers on Pas d'Acier, and exhibitions and some information on Archer and Nicolas Roerich.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1987 Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer completed the reconstruction of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) for the Joffrey Ballet and thereafter they have been working on ballets from the Ballets Russes and Ballets Suedois repertoire as well as evocations of Isadora Duncan for Carla Fracci and original ballets. Hodson and Archer document their work in considerable detail.

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

Gift of Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

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Subjects

Dance

Personal Names

Hodson, Millicent
Archer, Kenneth
Nijinsky, Waslaw. ( 1890-1950)
Balanchine, George. ( 1904-1983)
Borlin, Jean. ( 1893-1930)

Corporate Names

Ballets Old and New
Ballets russes
Rome Opera Ballet
Ballet suedois
Joffrey Ballet

Cataloguing Info

Title Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer, Ballets Old and New Collection
Creation Created by intern using the cheshire for archives ead creation tool 2012-06-01

Ballets by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1
Dates of Creation 1923-2005
Physical Description 5 folders

Le Bal by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1/1
Dates of Creation 1929-2005
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Press cuttings and program for the reconstruction of Le Bal.

Administrative / Biographical History

Le Bal was originally choreographed by George Balanchine in 1929 for the Ballets Russes with music by Rieti and sets by De Chirico. The first reconstruction was for Rome Opera Ballet in 2005.


La Chatte by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1/2
Dates of Creation 1927-1991
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Press cuttings from the 1991 and 2005 reconstructions of La Chatte.

Administrative / Biographical History

La Chatte was originally choreographed by George Balanchine in 1927 for Ballets Russes with music by Sauguet and sets by Gabo. The first reconstruction was for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montreal 1991. It was also reconstructed in 2005 for the Rome Opera Ballet.


Le Chant du Rossignol by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1/3
Dates of Creation 1925-2004
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Press releases, copy drawings, and an invitation for Matisse/Picasso et Le Danse.

Administrative / Biographical History

Le Chant de Rossignol was originally choreographed by George Balanchine in 1925 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes with music by Stravinsky and sets by Matisse. First reconstructed and filmed in 1995 for the Balanchine Archive. It was also performed by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo at the Holland Festival, Den Haag 1999. On 14 May 2004 the Linbury Theatre at Covent Garden presented a programme on the reconstruction.


Cotillon by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1/4
Dates of Creation 1932-1988
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Copy drawing, publicity and photocopy cast list, reviews and articles including Kenneth Archer & Millicent Hodson ''The Quest for Cotillon'' Ballet Review Summer 1988 pp. 31- 47; Diane Solway ''How Cotillon was Reborn'' New York Times 23 October 1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cotillon was originally choreographed by George Balanchine in 1932 for Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo with sets by Berard and music by Chabrier and Rieti. First reconstructed for the Joffrey Ballet in 1988.


Valse Triste by George Balanchine

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/1/5
Dates of Creation 1923-2004
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Press cuttings and publicity materials for the reconstruction of Valse Triste.

Administrative / Biographical History

Valse Triste was originally choreographed by George Balanchine in 1923 with sets by Ivanova and music by Sibelius. It was reconstructed for the Finnish National Ballet in 2004.


Ballets Based on Choreography by Jean Borlin for the Ballet Suedois

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2
Dates of Creation 1920-2003
Physical Description 5 folders

Le Creation du Monde by Jean Borlin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2/1
Dates of Creation 1923-2003
Language of Material English French
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Press cuttings, prints, and programmes for the reconstructions of Le Creation du Monde.

Administrative / Biographical History

Le Creation du Monde was originally choreographed by Borlin in 1923 for the Ballets Suedois with sets by Leger and music by Milhaud and Cendrars. First reconstruction for Cynthia Odier, Flexum, with Geneva Ballet and Museum of Art and History. Also reconstructed for Maggiodanza Florence in 2003 and CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy in 2012.


Dervishes by Jean Borlin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2/2
Dates of Creation 1920-1998
Language of Material Swedish English
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Programme, reviews, and sketches for the reconstruction of Dervishes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dervishes was originally choreographed by Borlin in 1923 for Ballet Suedois with sets by Mouveau and music by Glazounov. It was first reconstructed for the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1998.


La Giara by Jean Borlin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2/3
Dates of Creation 1924-2008
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

The programme and an article about the reconstruction of La Giara.

Administrative / Biographical History

La Giara was originally choreographed by Borlin in 1924 for Ballet Suedois with sets by de Chirico and music by Alfredo Castella. It was first reconstructed for Rome Opera Ballet in 2008.


Skating Rink by Jean Borlin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2/4
Dates of Creation 1922-1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Pubility materials, reviews, and programmes for the reconstructions of Skating Rink.

Administrative / Biographical History

Skating Rink was originally choreographed by Borlin in 1922 for Ballet Suedois with sets by Leger and music by Honegger. It was first reconstructed for the Zurich Ballet in 1996. Subsequent reconstructions were performed by the Royal Swedish Ballet in1998 and on 3 September 1998 as a lecture/demonstration at the Orient Occident Festival in Rovereto, Italy.


Within the Quota by Jean Borlin

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/2/5
Dates of Creation 1923-1998
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Reviews and copy of backcloth design, copies of choreographic sketches by Millicent Hodson.

Administrative / Biographical History

Within the Quota was originally choreographed by Borlin in 1923 for Ballet Suedois with sets by Murphy and music by Porter. It was reconstructed for the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1998.


Ballets Based on Choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/3
Dates of Creation 1913-2006
Physical Description 4 folders

Jeux by Vaslav Nijinsky

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/3/1
Dates of Creation 1913-1996
Language of Material English Italian
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Publicity materials, cast lists, and reviews related to the reconstructions of Jeux.

Administrative / Biographical History

Jeux was originally choreographed by Nijinsky in 1913 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes with designs by Bakst and music by Debussy. It was first reconstructed for the Verona Ballet in 1996 and was subsequently reconstructed for in 2000 for The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London; in 2001 for the Rome Opera Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet.


Le Sacre du Printemps [The Rite of Spring] by Vaslav Nijinsky

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/3/2
Dates of Creation 1913-2006
Physical Description 2 folders

Scope and Content

Programmes, reviews, and publicity materials related to the following reconstructions of the ballet: Joffrey Ballet New York 1987, San Francisco 1988, Chicago 2001, Groningen 2005; Paris Opera 1991; Teatro San Carlo Naples 1989; Finnish National Ballet 1994; Companhia Nacional de Bailado Lisbon 1994; Zurich Ballet 1995; Ballet of the Teatro Municipal Rio 1996; Rome Opera Ballet 2001; Kirov Ballet 2003; Birmingham Royal Ballet 2005; Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Kobe 2005.

Administrative / Biographical History

Le Sacre du Printemps [The Rite of Spring] was originally choreographed by Nijinsky in 1913 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes with designs by Roerich and music by Stravinsky.


Till Eulenspiegel by Vaslav Nijinsky

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/3/3
Dates of Creation 1916-2001

Ballet Creations - Original Ballets by Millicent Hodson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/4
Dates of Creation 1990-2004
Physical Description 9 folders

Ariadne and the Minataur (in Fedra) by Millicent Hodson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/4/1
Dates of Creation 1992
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Publicity materials, copy of drawings by Hodson, and press release related to this production.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ariadne and the Minataur (in Fedra) was choreographed by Millicent Hodson in 1992 for Carla Fracci and the Ballet of Teatro Massimo, Palermo with a score composed by Arthur Honneger.


Battery Plumb by Millicent Hodson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/4/2
Dates of Creation September 1973
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Publicity material and programme for Battery Plumb.

Administrative / Biographical History

A Spectacle by Millicent Hodson and Pat Clark.


Clytemnestra (in Miti sulla di Edipo) by Millicent Hodson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/4/3
Dates of Creation 1995
Language of Material English Italian
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Copies of drawings, programme, and poster of the production.

Administrative / Biographical History

Clytemnestra was choreographed by Hodson for Gheorghe Iancu and Luciana Savinano with Olympic Ballet, Milan and Vincenza with a score composed by Leonardo.


Homage to Isadora Duncan by Millicent Hodson

Reference Number(s) GB 71 THM/412/4/4
Dates of Creation 1990-1997
Physical Description 1 folder

Scope and Content

Articles and copies of research materials related to Homage to Isadora Duncan.

Administrative / Biographical History

Homage to Isadora Duncan was choreographed by Hodson in 1990 for Carla Fracci.