Ballet correspondence

Scope and Content

General correspondence relating to Vic Wells Ballet Company including correspondence with artists and others professionally involved in ballet, representatives of organisations and members of the public.

The letters relate to a wide variety of matters for example books and films relating to the ballet company, insurance, use of Finsbury Town Hall, lectures on ballet, ballets suggested for the company to perform, performances for the Liverpool Ballet Club, people seeking employment (including various pianists), advertising, lending of dancers to Madame Rambert’s company.

Some of the correspondents include Roger Talbot Eland, Marina Chavchavadze, Lord Berners, Gwyneth Johnstone, Alexander Levitoff, Alfred Francis (Ballet Club of Liverpool), Richard Pleasant (Mordkin Ballets), Lilian Baylis, Alan Bland. Other papers include details of proposed ballet ‘Commedia Dell’ Arte’.

File contains mainly correspondence received and sent by Ninette de Valois.