Dance theatre programmes collection

Scope and Content

A collection of over 3,000 dance theatre programmes from over 500 national and international dancers and dance companies including: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Rosemary Butcher Dance Company, Ballet for All, Jose Limon Dance Company, Les Ballets Africains, Ballets Jooss, Trisha Brown, Ballets Negres, Katherine Dunham, Michael Clark Company, Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil, Alvin Ailey Amercian Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Rambert, Rambert Dance Company, Grand Ballets du Marquis de Cuevas, Joffrey Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theatre, New York City Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Western Theatre Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, Dance Umbrella, Adventures in Motion Pictures, British Dance Theatre, the Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs, Extemporary Dance Company, English National Ballet, Ram Gopal, International Ballet, Ballets des Champs-Elysees, London Festival Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Original Ballet Russe, the Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet, Second Stride, and Janet Smith and Dancers, amongst others. Some progammes are annotated.

Administrative / Biographical History

This Collection is a compilation of dance theatre programmes from other collections in the Laban Archive, mainly the Peter Brinson Collection and the Peter Williams Collection, and from private donations.


The Collection is arranged alphabetically by dance company name.

Access Information

Temporarily closed to the public.

Other Finding Aids

A pdf box list for parts of this Collection is available to search on the Laban Archive catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Fowler, Archivist, Laban.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. Please consult the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Some unannotated dance theatre programmes of national and international ballet companies have been transferred to the Royal Opera House Collections, the National Resource Centre for Dance, Rambert Dance Company and the Royal Academy of Dancing to fill gaps in their collections. Duplicates have been weeded.


Occasional donations of dance theatre programmes are received and added to this Collection.

Related Material

Dance theatre programmes can also be found in the Peter Brinson Collection, the Peter Williams Collection, the Stuart Hopps Collection and the Lorna Wilson Collection held in the Laban Archive.