American Negro Ballet Company scrapbook, (bulk 1937-1938).

Title
American Negro Ballet Company scrapbook, 1937-1983 (bulk 1937-1938).
Author
American Negro Ballet Company.
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folder 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 519 folder 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Scrapbooks.
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  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Beryl Clarke James
Biography (note)
  • The American Negro Ballet Company was formed by Eugene van Grona in 1937. Van Grona, a modern dancer trained by German choreographer Mary Wigman, immigrated to the United States in 1925. He formed the ANB, composed of thirty African-American dancers, among them Lavinia Williams and Al Bledger, to showcase their talents as serious dance artists capable of more than jazz dancing.
  • The American Negro Ballet Company debuted at Harlem's Lafayette Theater on November 21, 1937. The company's original program, conducted by Dean Dixon, included Stravinsky's "Firebird" as well as pieces choreographed by van Grona to the music of Duke Ellington and W. C. Handy. The premier was a critical and popular success however, the ANB Company survived for barely a year before its demise in 1938. Van Grona re-formed the company as "Von Grona's American Swing Ballet" in 1939, when they appeared in producer Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds," as well as other venues.
Call Number
Sc MG 519
OCLC
186496948
Author
American Negro Ballet Company.
Title
American Negro Ballet Company scrapbook, 1937-1983 (bulk 1937-1938).
Summary
The American Negro Ballet Company scrapbook consists of news clippings and programs about the company founded by Eugene van Grona. Included are reviews of its performances in New York City and Brighton, England, in 1937 and 1938; and programs for the ANB and Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds" of 1939, which featured dances choreographed by van Grona. A program and a news clipping refer to performances honoring the company, 1981 and 1983.
Biography
The American Negro Ballet Company was formed by Eugene van Grona in 1937. Van Grona, a modern dancer trained by German choreographer Mary Wigman, immigrated to the United States in 1925. He formed the ANB, composed of thirty African-American dancers, among them Lavinia Williams and Al Bledger, to showcase their talents as serious dance artists capable of more than jazz dancing.
The American Negro Ballet Company debuted at Harlem's Lafayette Theater on November 21, 1937. The company's original program, conducted by Dean Dixon, included Stravinsky's "Firebird" as well as pieces choreographed by van Grona to the music of Duke Ellington and W. C. Handy. The premier was a critical and popular success however, the ANB Company survived for barely a year before its demise in 1938. Van Grona re-formed the company as "Von Grona's American Swing Ballet" in 1939, when they appeared in producer Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds," as well as other venues.
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Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 519
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