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A History of Irish Ballet from 1927 to 1963

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Victoria O'Brien

This work presents a detailed study of the five key ballet organisations that operated in Ireland between 1927 and 1963: the Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, the Abbey School of Ballet, the Sara Payne School and Company, the Irish Ballet Club and the National Ballet School and Company.
By examining a previously neglected dimension of Irish artistic life, this study aims to provide a greater appreciation of the various roles that ballet has played in the development of Irish cultural activity. It records the rich interaction between the different dance artists and movements and their collaborators across the entire spectrum of Irish artistic endeavour, including Cecil ffrench Salkeld, F. R. Higgins, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Kavanagh, J. F. Larchet, Louis le Brocquy, Elizabeth Maconchy, Donagh MacDonagh, Brinsley MacNamara, Micheál Mac Laimmóir, Norah McGuinness, A. J. Potter, Lennox Robinson, Michael Bowles, Mary Devenport O’Neill, Anne Yeats and W. B. Yeats.
This book breaks significant new ground for an area in which little published information exists. The author pieces together research on the schools and companies from interviews, ballet programmes, playbills, libretti, scores, memoirs, contemporary press reviews, literary articles and photographs, to form a fascinating narrative of the under-researched world of Irish ballet.

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Abbey School of Acting 10, 12, 26–7, 84 Abbey School of Ballet 41–51, 110–11, 157 Abbey Theatre 1, 8–10, 11–39, 42–4 Abbey Theatre School of Ballet 1–3, 7–39, 40, 41–2, 43, 48–9, 51–3, 55, 57, 59, 71, 75–6, 79, 86, 87, 95, 99, 110–12, 156–7, 159 Academy of Choreographic Art, London 1, 19–20 Aisling (Cullen) 85–7, 96, 105, 108, 122 Arnold, Bruce 91 Balanchine, George 13, 34, 39, 87 Ballet Atha Cliath (Payne) 61–3 Ballet Rambert 39, 62, 77–8, 110, 115, 158 Beale, Alan 133, 137, 144 Bejart, Maurice 120, 145, 158 Bell, The 62, 94, 101, 104–5, 109, 115, 158 Bennett, Vivienne 11, 19 Bowles, Michael 4, 82, 103 Briggs, Hedley 26 Brooking, Nesta 13, 15, 30, 35, 43 Brophy, Gay 127, 132, 144 Burchill, Eveline 14, 60, 108, 110, 154 Burke, Nigel 92, 94, 96 Caitlin Bhocht (Ryan) 132, 139, 142, 149, 155 Careless Love (Ryan) 127–8, 133, 142, 163 Catt, Muriel 44, 60, 110, 154 Cecchetti, Enrico 4, 10, 12, 13, 16, 31, 34–5, 52, 92, 123, 141 Clarke, Harry 76, 113–14 Coitín Dearg, An (Cullen) 101–4, 148–9, 151, 156 Craske, Margaret 2, 15, 92, 110, 111 Cullen, Cepta 1–3, 19, 24–5, 31, 35–7, 41–4, 49, 75–115, 122, 140, 144, 147–8, 152, 155, 158–9 Cuthbert, Doreen 14, 19, 24–6, 31, 35–6 Dagg Hall...

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