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Title
Ballet examination at the Paris Opéra
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1870 - 1879 (Approximate)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Bal 2
Topics
Opéra de Paris. Ecole de danse
Ballet -- Study and teaching -- France -- 19th century
Genres
Prints
Notes
Title devised by cataloger.
A penciled notation at lower right, difficult to decipher, may be the artist's signature.
Biographical/historical: Founded in 1713, the Ecole de Danse of the Paris Opéra has a long tradition of providing rigorous training for ballet dancers. Students are required to take an entrance examination before being admitted to the school, and annual end-of-year examinations insure that they are making sufficient progress to move up to the next level of training. A final competition decides who will be admitted to the corps de ballet of the Paris Opéra.
Physical Description
Lithographs
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 30 x 39 cm.
Penciled on the verso: probably shows an examination at the Paris Opera Ballet School, circa 1870.
Description
Sheet containing seven vignettes. Four are numbered, but three appear to display their numbers in reverse. The images depict a mixed group of dancers in front of a group of black-clad figures, probably judges, seated at a table; a uniformed servant moistening the floor with a watering can, to prevent the dancers from slipping; groups of dancers in various ballet positions; and two solitary female dancers. The women all wear white tutus, while the men are dressed in white shirts and black knee breeches.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825563058
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759961
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 432e8420-ada1-0133-9883-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1870: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballet examination at the Paris Opéra" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1870 - 1879. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/90526130-ada3-0133-481a-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ballet examination at the Paris Opéra" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/90526130-ada3-0133-481a-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1870 - 1879). Ballet examination at the Paris Opéra Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/90526130-ada3-0133-481a-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Ballet examination at the Paris Opéra