Collection of material relating to Margaret Morris, 1891-1980, ballet dancer and choreographer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Articles concerning ballets of Margaret Morris from Scottish Field, 1954-1960, New York Times, 1954, The Bulletin, 1957.
  • Biographical article from Scottish Ballet Magazine, 1980
  • Notes from a lecture given by Morris, 1917-1918
  • Pamphlets, programmes and leaflets concerning performances of the Celtic Ballet, 1947-1959
  • Papers relating to the Margaret Morris Movement, undated
  • Photograph of Margaret Morris, 1938
  • Programme for the inaugural performance of the Scottish National Ballet, 1960

Administrative / Biographical History

Margaret Morris (1891-1980) was a ballet dancer and choreographer. In addition to establishing the first national ballet company for Scotland she developed a modern dance technique and a system of movement therapy. She was born in London but spent her early years in France. She studied with John d'Auban, ballet master at Drury Lane. She established a school in 1910 which moved to larger premises in Chelsea in 1912. The school was for training teachers and leaders who went on to found branches of the Margaret Morris Movement. It also extended to all the arts. She opened a studio theatre in 1921. Margaret later married J D Fergusson (1874-1961), the painter. She received a degree in physiotherapy in 1930 and from this developed her own dance therapy system. The schools continued to spread but with the outbreak of the Second World War all of her schools closed except for the one in Glasgow. Morris and Fergusson moved to Glasgow in 1939. In 1940  she created the Celtic Ballet of Scotland. It was a semi-professional company during the war years, and turned professional in 1948 . In 1958  a small theatre was opened above the Celtic Ballet School in West George Street. In 1960  she formed another professional company, the Scottish National Ballet, which lasted until 1961  when she returned to London after the death of her husband. She later revitalised the Margaret Morris Movement as a recreational dance and movement system. She died in Glasgow in 1980 .

See Margaret Morris , My Life in Movement(London, 1969)

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Other Finding Aids

Paper based sheaf binder containing item and series level descriptions available at the Scottish Theatre Archive, Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, October 2002

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