Berman, Eugene, 1899-

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Berman was a Russian painter and designer.

From the guide to the Eugene Berman drawings for the ballet, Giselle, 1946 and undated., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Eugene Berman (1899-1972) was a Russian-born American artist, theatre and opera designer, and collector. Between 1922 and 1957 he lived and worked in the United States. In 1957 he moved to Rome where he resided until his death in 1972. As a designer he is primarily known for his designs for American Ballet Theatre 's Romeo and Juliet and Giselle, and for the Metropolitan Opera 's Don Giovanni, La Forza del Destino, Othello, Rigoletto, and The Barber of Seville .

L. Arnold Weissberger (1907-1981) was an American theatrical lawyer who represented many prominent artists and theatrical personalities. He was Eugene Berman's friend and attorney.

From the guide to the Letters to L. Arnold Weissberger, 1947-1973 ., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American ballet director, writer, and dance historian, 1907-1995. Lincoln Kirstein was born in Rochester, NY, educated at Harvard (B.A. 1929, M.A. 1930). He married Fidelma Cadmus, sister of artist, Paul Cadmus, in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army 1943-45. He co-founded School of American Ballet with George Balanchine and Edward M.M. Warburg in 1934. Participated in the founding and/or direction of American Ballet in 1935, Ballet Caravan 1936-41, Ballet Society in 1946, and became general director of the succeeding company, New York City Ballet in 1948. Lincoln Kirstein career included work with visual artists and writers on various projects. His publications in dance include: Dance Index, 1942-48; books on Fokine, Nijinsky, New York City Ballet, a history of theatrical dance, and assistance to Romola Nijinsky in the biography of her husband, 1932-33. He retired from New York City Ballet and School of American Ballet in 1989. Kirstein was known as a sponsor (1959-60) of Japanese theater in the United States. He was the recipient of many distinguished awards.

From the guide to the Lincoln Kirstein papers, ca. 1914-1991, (The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.)

Eugene Berman, a Russian-American stage designer, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia November 4, 1899. He came to the United States in 1937 and became one of the most respected designers of the American theater. Among his productions include Frederick Ashton's Devil's Holiday (1939), George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco (1941), Danses Concertantes (1944), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1944), and Pulcinella (1972), Antony Tudor's Romeo and Juliet, and the second Giselle production for American Ballet Theatre in 1946. He retired to Rome, Italy where he died on December 14, 1972.

From the guide to the Eugene Berman Stravinsky Festival correspondence, 1971-1972, (The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Parmenia Migel papers, 1945-1990. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Grabhorn Press records, 1917-1973 Bancroft Library
referencedIn American Federation of Arts records Archives of American Art
referencedIn James Thrall Soby papers, 1928-1975, 1935-1955 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Henry-Russell Hitchcock papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Eugene Berman drawings for the ballet, Giselle, 1946 and undated. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Lincoln Kirstein papers, ca. 1914-1991 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
creatorOf Letters to L. Arnold Weissberger, 1947-1973 . Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas collection 1901-1987 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Eugene Berman Stravinsky Festival correspondence, 1971-1972 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
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associatedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Arts corporateBody
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correspondedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Baum, Morton, 1905-1968 person
associatedWith Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904-1980 person
associatedWith Bella Fishko person
associatedWith Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 person
associatedWith Bollinger Foundation corporateBody
associatedWith Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 person
associatedWith Buckle, Richard person
associatedWith Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999 person
associatedWith Cage, Betty person
associatedWith Cagney, James, 1899-1986 person
associatedWith Cartier-Bresson, Henri, 1908-2004 person
associatedWith Chapman, Robert Harris person
associatedWith Chase, Lucia, 1897-1986 person
associatedWith Chávez, Carlos, 1899-1978 person
associatedWith Christensen, Lew, 1909-1984 person
associatedWith Chujoy, Anatole, 1894- person
associatedWith Clarkson N. Potter Publishers corporateBody
associatedWith Colville, Alex, 1920- person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
associatedWith Cornell, Joseph person
associatedWith Craft, Robert person
associatedWith Cummings, Nathan person
associatedWith Curtiss, Mina Kirstein, 1896- person
associatedWith De Mille, Agnes person
associatedWith Denby, Edwin, 1903-1983 person
associatedWith DHCA corporateBody
associatedWith Draper, Muriel, 1886- person
associatedWith Draper, Muriel, b. 1886 person
associatedWith Edwards, Hugh L person
associatedWith Ewart, Gavin person
associatedWith Forgone, Ballina & Co corporateBody
associatedWith Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970 person
associatedWith Forum Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Grabhorn Press corporateBody
associatedWith Graham, Martha person
associatedWith Hawkins, Erick person
associatedWith Helen C. Seiherfeld Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Herman E. Chris person
associatedWith Hitchcock, Henry-Russell person
associatedWith Horgan, Barbara person
associatedWith Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958 person
associatedWith John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation corporateBody
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907- person
associatedWith Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935 person
associatedWith Larcada Gallery. corporateBody
correspondedWith L. Arnold Weissberger person
associatedWith Leonard K. Strauss corporateBody
associatedWith Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001 person
associatedWith Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 person
associatedWith Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987 person
associatedWith Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955 person
associatedWith Marlborough Gallery corporateBody
associatedWith Martínez, José, 1913? -1997 person
associatedWith Martin, John Joseph, 1893- person
associatedWith Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007 person
associatedWith Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.). corporateBody
correspondedWith Migel, Parmenia. person
associatedWith M. Kneeler & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith New York City Ballet. corporateBody
associatedWith Oliver Lemuel Smith. person
associatedWith Oliver, María Rosa, 1898-1977 person
associatedWith Perlin, Bernard, 1918- person
associatedWith Pickens, Alton person
associatedWith Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980 person
associatedWith Quennell, Peter, 1905- person
associatedWith Rambert, Marie person
associatedWith Reed, Joseph Verner, 1902- person
associatedWith Rimmer, William, 1816-1879 person
associatedWith Robbins, Jerome person
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 person
associatedWith Sir Rudolf Bing. person
associatedWith Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964 person
associatedWith Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969 person
associatedWith Soby, James Thrall, 1906- person
associatedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 person
associatedWith Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 person
associatedWith Stout, George L. (George Leslie) person
associatedWith Stravinsky Festival (1972 : New York City Ballet) corporateBody
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 person
associatedWith United Scenic Artists corporateBody
associatedWith Warburg, Edward M. M person
associatedWith Wright Hepburn Webster Gallery corporateBody
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Birth 1899

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