Happy (belated) birthday!

A few odds and ends from the world of ballet to (hopefully) brighten your day.

The first has nothing to do directly with archives, but I just felt compelled to remark that the special Doodle that was used by Google to celebrate Tchaikovsky’s 170th birthday last week was very cute:

You can watch a video about the collaboration between San Francisco Ballet and Jennifer Hom of Google in creating the birthday tribute on the SFB Website.

In other news, the Atlanta Ballet celebrated its 80th anniversary over the weekend with a special program, Sheer Exhilaration,  which also included an extensive display of archival materials at the theater.  You can read about the exhibit in this post by Howard Pousner on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s blog.  As reported in the article, both the Atlanta History Center and Emory University Libraries’ Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) hold important Atlanta Ballet materials.  Kudos to both institutions for partnering with the Atlanta Ballet to preserve its history.  I did a quick check and was reassured to find that the collections have been cataloged by their respective repositories (yay for catalogers!), but a little saddened that they did not have online finding aids.  On the whole, AHC’s catalog was a little easier to find (although I’m not sure how I feel about the name, “Terminus”), while getting to Emory’s Euclid catalog from its Web site seemed to take a few more clicks.  As always, the message is pretty clear that dance materials seldom are a priority in most large collecting institutions (well, I guess Salman Rushdie’s first flash drive is more interesting), but at least the stuff is there and somewhat accessible!

Finally, lucky New Yorkers still have a chance to catch the final performances of the invaluable New York Theatre Ballet’s well-reviewed Signatures 10 program on May 14 and 15!

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