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Larry Warren Papers


Larry Warren Papers
Warren, Larry
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

A choreographer, dancer, and professor, Larry Warren (1932-2009) taught modern dance at the University of Maryland from 1971 until 1995. The collection consists of historic dance materials collected by Warren, specifically programs and promotional materials programs, but also art, photographs and documents.

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Historical Note

Larry Warren was a dance biographer, choreographer, teacher, and director. He was the author of two dance books, Lester Horton: Modern Dance Pioneer and Anna Sokolow: The Rebellious Spirit. For the latter, he received the 1991-92 De la Torre Bueno special citation awarded by Dance Perspectives.

Born in Brooklyn, Larry moved to North Hollywood with his family in 1948. He began his dance training in Los Angeles at the Ruth St. Denis Studio with Denishawn-trained dancer Karoun Tootikian and performed with the Concert Dance Group of the Ruth St. Denis Studio. Evening-long chats with St. Denis in the tiny patio behind her California studio triggered a life-long interest in dance history and research. He received his undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from UCLA, where his love of dance theater was furthered by his success in his senior year in the lead role in the dance drama performance of John Steinbecks, The Pearl. After graduating from UCLA in 1955, he continued his studies with St. Denis, Bella Lewitzky, and James Truitte in Los Angeles, and then at the Martha Graham School and with the ballet master Benjamin Harkarvy in New York City.

Returning to Southern California, Larry launched Dance in Concert, a modern dance producing unit, and was one of the producers of Directions in Dance, based at the Lester Horton Dance Theater. During that period, he danced with Valentina Oumansky, Gloria Newman, Richard Oliver, and in the San Francisco Opera Ballet. His teaching credits include Eugene Lorings American School of Dance, the Petroff-Gollner School, and Immaculate Heart College. Returning to UCLA for graduate work in dance at the School of Arts and Architecture, Larry completed his Masters thesis on Lester Horton, and, with encouragement from John Martin, began to work on a biography of Horton. Larry joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1971. During that year he assisted Dorothy Madden in founding Maryland Dance Theater, a critically acclaimed repertory company in residence at the University of Maryland at College Park. Larry served as Associate Director of the company from 1972-1975 and Director from 1976 until the company disbanded in 1988. His own choreography for the company earned him praise for his wit, his imagination, and his ability to create dramatic structures, characters and atmosphere. Larry was recipient of a 1982 award from the Metropolitan Dance Association for service rendered to Dance in Washington, D.C. and co-recipient, with Anne Warren, of the 1986 "Outstanding Service to Dance in Maryland" award from the Maryland Council for Dance and the 2000-2001 Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Upon his retirement in 1995, Larry became Professor Emeritus of Dance at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Larry Warren Collection cover the period from 1913 to 1995; the bulk of the materials date from 1930 to 1977. The collection consists of historic dance materials collected by Warren, specifically programs and promotional materials programs, but also art, photographs and documents.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Anne Warren (wife) on June 13, 2011, plus multiple additions made between 2012 and 2013

Processing Information

Processed by:

Vincent J. Novara, Sarah Lindblom, July 2011, January 2013

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, January 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Programs, 1913-1991 (42 items)

This series contains historic dance programs by notable companies and performers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs, 1913-1991 series 1box 1folder 1
Bunraku. Paul Szilard presents, Under the Distinguished Patronage of His Excellency Ryuji Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan and Madame Takeuchi, His Excellency Akira Matsui, ... and Madame ... The Honorable Fumihiko Togo... The Japanese Puppet Theatre, 1966 series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Souvenir program Ruth St. Denis with Ted Shawn and the Denishawn Dancers, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
Martha Graham and her Dance Company (latest dance listed was from 1953; inscribed "To Larry Warren with best wishes Martha Graham"), 1953 series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
Martha Graham Dance Company. S. Hurok presents 1967-1968. (16 page souvenir program/brochure), 1967-1968 series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1959-1960 series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
Serge De Diaghileffs Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Souvenir Program, 1916 series 1box 1folder 1item 6.0
Ballet Theatre XV Fifteenth Anniversary Season, 1953-1954 series 1box 1folder 1item 7.0
Ballet Theatre 13th Season, 1951-1953 series 1box 1folder 1item 8.0
NYC Ballet, 1964 series 1box 1folder 1item 9.0
NYC Ballet, 1963-1964 series 1box 1folder 1item 10.0
NYC Ballet, 1971 series 1box 1folder 1item 11.0
NYC Ballet, 1965 series 1box 1folder 1item 12.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1957-1958 series 1box 1folder 1item 13.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1961-1962 series 1box 1folder 1item 14.0
American Ballet Theatre, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 15.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1970-1971 series 1box 1folder 1item 16.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1971-1972 series 1box 1folder 1item 17.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1978-1979 series 1box 1folder 1item 18.0
American Ballet Theatre, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 19.0
American Ballet Theatre, 1976-1977 series 1box 1folder 1item 20.0
Programs, 1913-1991 series 1box 2folder 1
Royal Ballet (Metropolitan Opera House), 1968 series 1box 2folder 1item 21.0
Royal Ballet (Metropolitan Opera House), 1972 series 1box 2folder 1item 22.0
Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, 1991 series 1box 2folder 1item 23.0
The Royal Ballet (S. Hurok-Nureyev and Fonteyn are principal dancers, Ashton is Director, tenth American visit of the company), undated series 1box 2folder 1item 24.0
National Ballet of Canada, Nureyev guest artist, 1973 series 1box 2folder 1item 25.0
National Ballet of Canada, Nureyev guest artist, 1974 series 1box 2folder 1item 26.0
National Ballet of Canada souvenir program, Celia Franca is artistic director, Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn are in the core, c.1960s series 1box 2folder 1item 27.0
Stuttgart Ballet Kennedy Center, 1975-1976 series 1box 2folder 1item 28.0
California Festival - A Midsummer Night's Dream-Max Reinhardt. Production souvenir program, 1934 series 1box 2folder 1item 29.0
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Silver Jubilee souvenir program, 1957 series 1box 2folder 1item 30.0
Ruth St. Denis with Ted Shawn and the Denishawn Dancers Dayton, Ohio, December 25, 1923 series 1box 2folder 1item 31.0
Merle Annitage present Jan Kubel - March 6; Martha Graham, April 7 and 10; Leopold Stokowski, March 6, April 7 & 10, April 27 & 28 series 1box 2folder 1item 32.0
Pasadena Playhouse, A Program of Dances presented by the Dept. of P.E. for women and the associated students of the DC at LA, May 15, 1938 series 1box 2folder 1item 33.0
Fuller Opera House program. The incomparable Anna Pavlova, 1913-1914 series 1box 2folder 1item 34.0
Anna Pavlova, 1956 series 1box 2folder 1item 35.0
Olympic Festival of the Dance, Philharmonic Hall, Los Angeles, August 8-13, 1932 series 1box 2folder 1item 36.0
The Pacific Coast Tour of Mei Lan-Fang Chinese Drama, souvenir program, undated series 1box 2folder 1item 37.0
Serge de Diaghilef's Ballet Russe Souvenir program 1916 (see also letter from John Martin to Larry Warren about this program), 1916 series 1box 2folder 1item 38.0
Anna Pavlova souvenir program of her farewell tour, undated series 1box 2folder 1item 39.0
Anna Pavlova souvenir program, 1913-1914 series 1box 2folder 1item 40.0
Anna Pavlova souvenir program, 1921 series 1box 2folder 1item 41.0
NYC Ballet War Memorial Opera House, August 8, 1953 series 1box 2folder 1item 42.0

Series 2: Promotional Materials, 1932-1937 (5 items)

This series contains historic flyers and posters advertising dance performances and tours of individuals and companies.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Promotional Material, 1932-1937 series 2box 3folder 1
Flyer for Ruth St. Denis. Irwin Pame presents (inscribed "Do come, Miss Ruth"), undated series 2box 3folder 1item 1.0
Martha Graham / Louis Horst (Pianist). Press Comments Current Season flyer; Frances Hawkins, Personal Rep., 1932 series 2box 3folder 1item 2.0
Front and back only of 1936 Martha Graham and Dance Group (small poster), 1936 series 2box 3folder 1item 3.0
Nonna Gould presents Tina Flade (master class flyer 1934), 1934 series 2box 3folder 1item 4.0
Kyra Nijinsky first American tour, 1936-1937 series 2box 3folder 1item 5.0

Series 3: Photographs, undated (2 items)

This series contains photographs of Martha Graham and Anna Pavlova.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, undated series 3box 3folder 1
Martha Graham, inscribed "Sincerely Martha Graham", undated series 3box 3folder 1item 1.0
Anna Pavlova, undated series 3box 3folder 1item 2.0

Series 4: Oral History, 1964 (2 items)

This series contains oral histories on audiocassettes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Oral History, 1964 series 4box 3folder 1
Audiocassette containing interview of Ruth St. Denis, May 22, 1964 series 4box 3folder 1item 1.0
Audiocassette containing interview of Robert Dunn, January 27, 1995 series 4box 3folder 1item 2.0

Series 5: Papers, undated (2 items)

This series contains a letter, news-clippings, and programs pertaining to dance.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Papers, undated series 5box 3folder 1
Letter from John Martin to Larry about a program [cross reference], undated series 5box 3folder 1item 1.0
Framed and mounted programs (2) and news-clipping photos pertaining to Anna Pavlova, 1923 series 5box 3folder 1item 2.0

Series 6: Art, undated (2 items)

This series contains original and printed illustrations pertaining to dance.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Art, undated series 6box 3folder 1
Sketch of Isadora-have found two more and will include, undated series 6box 3folder 1item 1.0
Illustration of ballerinas with instructor (with violin) and other string musicians in background (item appears removed from a framing or mounting of some manner), undated series 6box 3folder 1item 2.0

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