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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 398

Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde Sakharoff papers

Correspondence, photographs, and other material of dance teachers Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde von Derp Sakharoff.


  • 1922-1970

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


4.5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 film)

Contains correspondence between the Sakharoffs and members of the Bernstein family, especially Leon Bernstein, who was an impresario for the Sakharoffs. Also includes a diary and a costume design by A. Sakharoff, notes by C. Sakharoff, drawings and photographs of the Sakharoffs, posters, programs, clippings in various languages, books, periodicals, and other material.

Biographical / Historical

Alexandre Sakharoff (1886-1963), a Russian dancer and teacher, and Clotilde von Derp Sakharoff (1892-1974), a German dancer and teacher, were dance partners who toured widely and developed a distinctive form and style of dance called abstract pantomine. They met in 1911 and were married in 1919. Alexandre choreographed and designed all the costumes for the team, drawing his inspiration from mythology and renaissance paintings. After World War II they went to Rome and established a school of dance in the Palazzo Doria, giving annual summer courses in Siena. Their final performance was in Paris in 1953.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Diary and personal papers
  3. III. Manuscripts by Leon Bernstein
  4. IV. Books
  5. V. Periodicals
  6. VI. Clippings
  7. VII. Programs
  8. VIII. Souvenir programs
  9. IX. Posters
  10. X. Pamphlet
  11. XI. Score
  12. XII. Libretto
  13. XIII. Miscellaneous items
  14. XIV. Photographs
  15. XV. Drawings and prints
  16. XVI. Film
  17. XVII. Ballet slippers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Michel Bernstein; received: 1974 August.
Sakharoff, A. (Alexandre), 1886-1963. Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde Sakharoff papers, 1922-1970: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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