Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983

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Anton Dolin (1904-1983) was an English ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer. He started his career with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921 and became one of the principal dancers for the company. Later, together with another Ballets Russes dancer Alicia Markova, he established Markova-Dolin Ballet. Dolin was instrumental in establishing London Festival Ballet (later English National Ballet). He also ocassionally appeared on stage as an actor.

From the guide to the Anton Dolin papers, 1926-1983., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Anton Dolin was an English ballet dancer and choreographer, who started his carrer with Ballets Russes and later became instrumental in creating English National Ballet.

From the description of Anton Dolin papers, 1926-1983. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612865441

English dancer and choreographer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to [Mrs. John C. Hughes], 1946 Oct. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270526112

Anton Dolin (born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healy-Kaye 1904 - 1983) was the first great British-born danseur of the 20th century. Having performed as a child actor he trained with Grace and Lily Cone in Brighton and from 1917 as a dancer with Serafina Astafieva. He gained recognition dancing with serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921 -1922; 1923 - 1925 and 1929.

Dolin was always concerned to take ballet to new audiences and consequently ready to dance in variety, revues, pantomime and on film with ballet companies. In the 1920s he established his own group working with Ninette de valois, Phyllis Bedells and Vera Nemchinova presenting ballets at the London Coliseum and subsequently played a significant role in the foundation of 20th century British ballet dancing with the Camargo Society (1930-1933) and the Vic-Wells Ballet where his partnership with Alicia Markova was consolidated. In 1935 the established the Markova-Dolin Ballet which toured extensively throughout Britain for two seasons (1935 - 1937). Dolin subsequently joined the de Basil Ballet Russe before working in the USA with the new Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) and again running further Markova Dolin companies and concert groups.

In 1948 Markova and Dolin returned to Britain, initially to guest with Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden but also to present ballet in arenas and again tour in Britain. This led to the formation in 1950 of Festival Ballet later London's Festival Ballet, (now English National Ballet) where Dolin remained as Artistic Direcotr and premier danseur until 1961. He never stopped performing, taking on acting and mime roles. Dolin was a notable danseur noble, a popular partner who encouraged young ballerinas and formed notable stage partnerships with Markova, Nemchinova, and Irina Baronova. He encouraged boys to study ballet and produced important stagings of Giselle, as well as his own version of Pas de quatre and the companion showpiece for men Variations for Four . At the end of his life he received a knighthood for services to dance.

From the guide to the Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (2), Sep 1926 - Nov 1952, (V&A Department of Theatre and Performance)

Anton Dolin (born Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healy-Kaye 1904 - 1983) was the first great British-born danseur of the 20th century. Having performed as a child actor he trained with Grace and Lily Cone in Brighton and from 1917 as a dancer with Serafina Astafieva. He gained recognition dancing with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921 -1922; 1923 - 1925 and 1929.

Dolin was always concerned to take ballet to new audiences and consequently ready to dance in variety, revues, pantomime and on film with ballet companies. In the 1920s he established his own group working with Ninette de Valois, Phyllis Bedells and Vera Nemchinova presenting ballets at the London Coliseum and subsequently played a significant role in the foundation of 20th century British ballet dancing with the Camargo Society (1930-1933) and the Vic-Wells Ballet where his partnership with Alicia Markova was consolidated. In 1935 he established the Markova-Dolin Ballet which toured extensively throughout Britain for two seasons (1935 - 1937). Dolin subsequently joined the de Basil Ballet Russes before working in the USA with the new Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) and again running further Markova Dolin companies and concert groups.

In 1948 Markova and Dolin returned to Britain, initially to guest with Sadler's Wells Ballet at Covent Garden but also to present ballet in arenas and tour in Britain. This led to the formation in 1950 of Festival Ballet, later London's Festival Ballet, (now English National Ballet) where Dolin remained as Artistic Director and premier danseur until 1961. He never stopped performing, taking on acting and mime roles. Dolin was a notable danseur noble, a popular partner who encouraged young ballerinas and formed notable stage partnerships with Markova, Nemchinova, and Irina Baronova. He encouraged boys to study ballet and produced important stagings of Giselle, as well as his own version of Pas de Quatre and the companion showpiece for men, Variations for Four . At the end of his life he received a knighthood for services to dance.

From the guide to the Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (1), 1916-1944, (V&A Department of Theatre and Performance)

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creatorOf Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (2), Sep 1926 - Nov 1952 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
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referencedIn Irving Deakin papers, circa 1934-circa 1955 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
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creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983. Letters to Sergeĭ Dyagilev, 1924-1929. 8 items. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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creatorOf Danilova, Alexandra, 1903-1907. Alexandra Danilova papers, 1954-1989 (bulk 1955-1979). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-. Autograph letter signed : New York, to [Mrs. John C. Hughes], 1946 Oct. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Howard D. Rothschild papers, 1921-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983. Correspondence, 1943-1981. 9 items. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983. Correspondence and contracts, 1937-1957. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Sylvester & Harris correspondence concerning publication of Romola Nijinsky's, Nijinsky, 1923-1983 (inclusive), 1931-1951 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Gruen, John,. Interview with Anton Dolin and John Gilpin. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Karnilova, Maria,. Interview with Maria Karnilova. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997,. Interview with Leon Danielian. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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referencedIn Alexandra Danilova papers, 1954-1989, 1955-1979 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Markova, Alicia, 1910-. Scrapbooks: Clippings. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983. Press materials. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Migel, Parmenia. Parmenia Migel papers, 1945-1990. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Thomas, Richard, 1926-. Interview with Richard Thomas. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Olga Spessivtzeva collection and letters, 1949-1991 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Parmenia Migel papers, 1945-1990. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983. The sleeping ballerina : the story of Olga Spessivtzeva / by Anton Dolin. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Anton Dolin collection, [ca. 1943-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
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creatorOf Anton Dolin Cuttings Books (1), 1916-1944 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
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referencedIn Nault, Fernand,. Interview with Fernand Nault. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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creatorOf Dolin, Anton, 1904-1983,. Interview with Anton Dolin. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
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creatorOf Anton Dolin papers, 1926-1983. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
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associatedWith Ailian, Dai. person
associatedWith Alicia Markova. person
associatedWith Anthony, Gordon. person
correspondedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo corporateBody
associatedWith Ballets Russes (Diaghilev) corporateBody
associatedWith Ballet Theater corporateBody
associatedWith Ballet Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Baronova, Irina., 1919-2008 person
associatedWith Baryshnikov, Mikhail, 1948- person
associatedWith Brahms, Caryl. critic and novelist, real name Doris Caroline Abrahams, 1901-1982 person
associatedWith Bujones, Fernando. person
associatedWith Butsova, Hilda, person
correspondedWith Chaplin, Charlie, 1877-1989 person
associatedWith Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977, person
associatedWith Charles Blake Cochran. person
associatedWith Chauviré, Yvette, 1917- person
associatedWith Coward, Noel, 1899-1973 person
correspondedWith Coward, Noel, 1899-1977 person
associatedWith Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997, person
associatedWith Danilova, Alexandra, 1903-1907. person
associatedWith Danilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997 person
associatedWith Deakin, Irving person
associatedWith Deakin, Irving, 1894-1958. person
associatedWith Deakin, Natasha, person
associatedWith De Valois, Ninette., 1898-2001 person
associatedWith Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929. person
associatedWith Dokoudovsky, Vladimir, person
associatedWith Doone, Rupert, 1903-1966. person
associatedWith Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981. person
correspondedWith Epstein, Jacob, Sir, 1880-1959 person
associatedWith Fern, Dale person
associatedWith Fern, Dale, person
associatedWith Fields, Gracie, 1898-1979 person
associatedWith Fokina, Vera Petrovna, 1886-1958. person
associatedWith Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. person
associatedWith Franklin, Frederic, 1914- person
associatedWith Garson, Greer, 1904-1996 person
associatedWith Geva, Tamara. person
associatedWith Gruen, John, person
associatedWith Harvey, Lilian, 1907-1968 person
associatedWith Helscher, Fern. person
correspondedWith H. H. Kay person
associatedWith Howard D. Rothschild, collector. person
associatedWith Hughes, John C., Mrs, person
associatedWith Idzikowski, Stanislas, person
associatedWith International Ballet Festival (Varna, Bulgaria) corporateBody
associatedWith John Gilpin. person
associatedWith Karnilova, Maria, person
associatedWith Karsavina, Tamara Platonovna, 1885-1978. person
associatedWith Lady Peel person
associatedWith Lillie, Beatrice, 1894-1989 person
associatedWith London Festival Ballet. corporateBody
associatedWith Lopokova, Lydia, 1892-1981. person
associatedWith Markova, Alicia, 1910- person
associatedWith Markova Dolin Ballet corporateBody
associatedWith Markova-Dolin Ballet Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Markova-Dolin Ballet Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Matthews, Jessie. person
associatedWith Migel, Parmenia. person
associatedWith Nault, Fernand, person
associatedWith Nemchinova, Vera., 1899-1984 person
associatedWith Noel Coward person
associatedWith Page, Ruth, 1899-1991 person
associatedWith Pavlova, Anna., 1881-1931 person
associatedWith Robert Peel. person
correspondedWith Rothschild, Howard D. person
associatedWith Sophie Tucker person
associatedWith Spessivtzeva, Olga, 1895-1991. person
associatedWith Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Sylvester & Harris (Firm). corporateBody
correspondedWith Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932- person
associatedWith Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011 person
associatedWith The Bournemouth Ballet Club corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Richard, 1926- person
correspondedWith Ulanova, Galina Sergeevna, 1910-1998 person
associatedWith Wallace, Audrey, 1924- person
associatedWith W. Hallam person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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Death 1983-11-25

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