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Letters of Dame Peggy van Praagh, 1968-1985 [manuscript]
Bib ID 4276065
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Van Praagh, Peggy, 1910-1990
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1968-1985] 
0.03 m. (1 folder) 
Summary

MS 10049 comprises a collection of 25 letters written by Dame Peggy van Praagh to Mrs Victoria Wion (stage name Victoria Simon) in New York. The letters contain plans for productions, new repertoire and works by George Balanchine that van Praagh wanted to stage for the Australian Ballet (1 folder).

Biography/History

Dancer, ballet teacher and director. Margaret (Peggy) van Praagh was born in London in 1910. She was a dancer with Ballet Rambert from 1933 to 1938, and principal dancer of the London Ballet, 1938-1940. She became a soloist with Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1941-1946, and was ballet mistress and assistant director with the Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1946-1956. In 1959, she was invited to Australia as artistic director of the Borovansky Ballet. In 1962, van Praagh became the founding artistic director of the Australian Ballet, holding the position until 1974, and temporarily returning in 1978.

Dancer. Victoria Simon was born in New York in 1939. Simon danced as a soloist with the New York City Ballet until 1966, and then pursued an international career as one among the first to stage the ballets of George Balanchine, for over 80 companies, including for the Ballet Imperial in Australia in 1967.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 10049.

Associated materials: Papers of Dame Peggy van Praagh, 1912-1986 MS 7223, MS Acc06.092.

Related Material Dame Peggy van Praagh collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/3132/1-193 LOC Box PIC/3132.  Peggy van Praagh interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/681. 
Subjects Van Praagh, Peggy, 1910-1990 -- Correspondence.  |  Simon, Victoria -- Correspondence.  |  Australian Ballet.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Correspondence.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Correspondence.  |  Women theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Correspondence.  |  Ballet -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1968-1985 
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Dance teachers.  |  Artistic directors.
Terms of Use Copying of Peggy van Praagh's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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