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Papers of Beth Dean, 1950-2003 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3288064
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Dean, Beth, 1918-2012
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Description 1950-2003 
56 cm. (4 boxes) 
Summary

Collection contains photographs, postcards, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, press releases, programs, literary manuscripts and books. Photographs in the collection are of dance companies, dance events and portraits of well known dancers. Some of the individuals covered in the photographs include Martha Graham, Anna Pavlova, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev. The collection also contains two literary manuscripts, a typescript essay Valley of the Kangaroos by Victor Carell and handwritten notes and a typesript draft by Dean for a book titled Laura's Story (biography of Dean's grandmother).

Biography/History

Dancer, choreographer and writer. Beth Dean, born 1918, Denver Colorado. Married Australian singer Victor Carell in 1944. Dean and Carrell came to Australia in 1947 when they both appeared in the musical Annie get your gun. In 1953 Dean and Carell undertook a study trip to a number of Australian Aboriginal communities where they observed Indigenous dance and ceremonial activities. Later they drew on material from this trip in a performance and lecture series on the dances of 'the Pacific, the Aborigines, and the Maoris'. The study trip also provided source material for Dean's choreography for Corroboree and other dance performances. Dean's career also encompassed writing and criticism. She was dance critic for The Sydney Morning Herald for a number of years and was also the Australian correspondent for the American publication Dance magazine. Her publications have included works of biography as well as works on dance.

Notes

Manuscripts reference no.: NLA MS 10011.

Subjects Dean, Beth, 1918-2012 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- Archives.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Dancers -- Australia -- Archives.
Occupation Authors.  |  Choreographers.  |  Dancers.

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