University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Marquis George de Cuevas:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Dance Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Cuevas, George de, marquis, 1886-1961
Title: Marquis George de Cuevas Dance Collection
Dates: 1913-1962
Abstract: Marquis George de Cuevas, ballet impresario and choreographer, was born in Santiago, Chile in 1884. In 1927, he married Margaret Strong, granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, and was the founder and director of Ballet Institute (1943) and Ballet International.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00162
Extent: 8 boxes (3.36 linear feet)
Language: English, French, and Spanish
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Marquis George de Cuevas, ballet impresario and choreographer, was born in Santiago, Chile in 1884. In 1927, he married Margaret Strong, granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, and was the founder and director of Ballet Institute (1943) and Ballet International. De Cuevas took over the company of Nouveau Ballet de Monte Carlo, changed its name to Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo, and brought to Europe such American dancers as Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief, William Dollar, and others. In 1950, the company became Le Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and in its final years, International Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas. On March 30, 1958, he famously challenged ballet choreographer Serge Lifar to a public duel with swords, due to a disagreement over the ballet Suite en Blanc. De Cuevas died in Cannes in 1961.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to George de Cuevas and his dance companies, ca. 1944-1962. It is divided into the following series: I. Articles & Periodicals; II. Business Records; III. Clippings; IV. Photographs, and V. Programs.

Included are a number of articles and review clippings, business records including press releases, and handbills, programs, and posters for performances. Especially notable are the photographs, which include publicity shots as well as production photographs that feature images of the entire company.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Related Material

The Dance Collection contains several playbills and posters for Marquis de Cuevas’ Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Compiled by Theatre Arts staff from the William H. Crain Collection

Processed by:

Valerie Burns, 2002; Eric Colleary and Grace Hansen, 2015


Container List

Series I. Articles & Periodicals, 1913-1950

Subseries A. Articles, 1913-1955
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1.1 L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune, Illustrated London News, 22 February 1913
Backstage at the Paris Opera, Picture Post, 25 May 1946
Balanchine and Co., Town and Country, March 1952
Ballet: Beautiful but It’s Work, New York Journal-American, 18 March 1952
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1.2 Ballet Impresario, New York Post Magazine, 20 May 1958
Ballet of the Paris Opera, Cue, 11 September 1948
Ballet Trains New Talent, New York Sun, 22 December 1944
Crisis in Marquis de Cuevas’ Cuff Culture, The American Weekly, 6 May 1945
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1.3 Dali - Crazy Like a Fox, Look, June 1947
Dance Little Lady, Mademoiselle, August 1944
Day With Salvador Dali, Picture Post, 8 January 1955
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1.4 From Diaghileff to De Carlo in Two Decades, Dance, November 1950
Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo, Park Avenue Social Review, Summer 1950
The Grand Ballet du [sic] Monte Carlo, London Dancing Times, June 1948
The Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Dance, November 1950
The Last Magic is Big Business, Mademoiselle, October 1950
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1.5 Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Makes U. S. Debut, undated
Marquis de Cuevas Presents his Ballet, Cue, 28 Oct 1950
Marquis de Cuevas to Bring Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo to America, Dance, June 1950
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1.6 Pas de Cuevas, Town & Country, undated
Practically Anybody can Become a Ballet Dancer, Good Housekeeping, August 1955
Samba, Picture Post, 30 November 1946
Scheherezade, Picture Post, 30 August 1947
Shoes for a Ballerina, Picture Post, 27 October 1951
A Whiff of Paris, Picture Post, 31 July 1948
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1.7 Miscellaneous dance articles
Subseries B. Periodicals, 1944-1960
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1.8 Ballet, 1948
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1.9 Cue, 1948
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1.10 Dance, 1945
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1.11 Dance, 1950
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1.12 Dance, 1950
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1.13 Dance, 1960
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1.14 Dance, 1960
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1.15 Dance and Dancers, 1950
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1.16 Dance and Dancers, 1950
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1.17 Dance News, 1944
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1.18 Dance News, 1945
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1.19 Dance News, 1948
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1.20 Dance News, 1949
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1.21 Dance News, 1950
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1.22 Dance News, 1951
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1.23 Dance News, 1952
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1.24 Dance News, 1953
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1.25 Dance News, 1955
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1.26 Gotham Life, 1950
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1.27 Marie France, 1953
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1.28 Noir et Blanc 1948
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1.29 Pace, 1950
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1.30 Park Avenue Social Review, 1950
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1.31 Point de Vue Images du Monde, 1953



Series II. Business Records

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2.1 Budget / company members
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2.2 Press lists
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2.3 Miscellaneous business
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2.4 Publicity plans / repertory
Press releases
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2.5 Babilee, Jean
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2.6 Celada, Raoul & Serge Golovine
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2.7 Charrat, Janine
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2.8 Cobos, Antonia
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2.9 Dollar, William
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2.10 Eglevsky, Andre
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2.11 Essen, Viola
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2.12 Grumiaux, Arthur (music)
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2.13 Hightower, Rosella
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2.14 Marquis de Cuevas
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2.15 Nijinska, Bronislava
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2.16 Pagava, Ethery
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2.17 Patterson, Yvonne
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2.18 Ricarda, Ana
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2.19 Skibine, George
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2.20 Tallchief, Marjorie
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2.21 Taras, John
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2.22 Toumanova, Tamara
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2.23 Reviews, foreign and American
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2.24 Ballet International
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2.25 Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo
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2.26-2.27 Marquis de Cuevas’ Grand Ballet
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2.28 International Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas



Series III. Clippings

Advertisements and flyers
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3.1-2 Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo
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3.3 Marquis de Cuevas’ Grand Ballet
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3.4 Ballet International
Articles and photos
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3.5 Babilee, Jean
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3.6 Charrat, Janine
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3.7 Cobos, Antonia
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3.8 Eglevsky, Andre
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3.9 Hightower, Rosella
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3.10 Lifar, Serge
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3.11 Marie-Jeanne
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3.12 Marquis de Cuevas
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3.13-3.14 Marquis de Cuevas (Biarritz Party)
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3.15 Nijinska, Bronislava
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3.16 Pagava, Ethery
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3.17 Patterson, Yvonne
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3.18 Ricarda, Ana
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3.19 Skibine, George
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3.20 Tallchief, Maria
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3.21 Tallchief, Marjorie
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3.22 Toby, Harriet
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3.23 Toumanova, Tamara
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Companies
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3.24 Ballet International
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3.25, 4.1-5 Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo
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4.6-7 Marquis de Cuevas’ Grand Ballet
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4.8-9 International Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas
Scrapbook
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4.10 Ballet International, 1st season, 1944



Series IV. Photographs

A. Dancers & Companies
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5.1 Babilee, Jean and Nathalie Philippart
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5.2 Charrat, Janine
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5.3 Chase, Lucia
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5.4 Cobos, Antonia
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5.5 Eglevsky, Andre
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5.6 Eglevsky Andre and Viola Essen
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5.7 Essen, Viola
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5.8 Hightower, Rosella
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5.9 Hightower, Rosella and Andre Eglevsky
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5.10 Hightower, Rosella and George Skibine
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5.11 Marie-Jeanne
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5.12 Massine, Leonide
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5.13 Moncion, Francisco
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5.14 Monson, Helga
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5.15 Nijinska, Bronislava
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5.16 Pagava, Ethery
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5.17 Philippart, Nathalie
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5.18 Ricarda, Ana
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5.19 Skibine, George
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6.1 Tallchief, Marjorie
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6.2 Tallchief, Marjorie and George Skibine
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6.3 Taras, John
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6.4-5 Toby, Harriet
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6.6-10 Marquis de Cuevas, George (and others associated with company)
Marquis de Cuevas Company
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6.11 Females
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6.12 Males
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6.13 Miscellaneous
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6.14 Photographic plate and slide
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6.15-16 Contact sheets
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7.1 Musicians
B. Productions
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7.2 Del Amour y de la Muerta
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7.3 Les Biches
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7.4 Bolero
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7.5 Braham’s Variation
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7.6 Caucasian Holiday
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7.7 Cinderella
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7.8 Concerto Barocco
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7.9 Constantia
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7.10 Design with Strings
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7.11 Enchanted Mill
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7.12 Giselle
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7.13 Good Humored Ladies
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7.14 Le Jeune Homme et la Morte
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7.15-16 Mad Tristan
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7.17 Memories
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7.18 Mute Wife
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7.19 Night Shadows
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7.20 Noir et Blanc
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7.21 Persephone
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7.22 Petrouchka
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7.23 Romeo and Juliet
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8.1 Sebastian
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8.2 Sentimental Colloquy
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8.3 Sleeping Beauty
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8.4 Swan Lake
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8.5 Les Sylphides
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8.6 Tragedy in Verona
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8.7 Tricorne
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8.8 Unidentified



Series V. Programs & Posters

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8.9 Ballet International
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8.10-11 Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo
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8.12-13 Marquis de Cuevas’ Grand Ballet
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8.14 International Ballet of the Marquis de Cuevas
Miscellaneous
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8.15 Original Ballet Russe
Nouveau Ballet de Monte Carlo