Nikolai Sergeev dance notations and music scores for ballets
Dance notations of ballets from the Mariinsky Imperial Ballet repertory, created by Nikolai Sergeev and his assistants, music scores for ballets and operas, programs, photographs and designs for ballets.
- Majority of material found within 1902-1931
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in Russian, French and English.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is closed for digitization, November 2022.
Conditions Governing Use
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Extent20 linear feet (33 boxes)
Includes notations of ballets and dances from operas with music scores, programs of Mariinsky Ballet performances, synopses of ballets, photographs of dancers, costume and scene designs for ballets, répétiteurs on microfilm, and dance notation manuals.
Biographical / Historical
Nikolai Grigor´evich Sergeev [Николай Григорьевич Сергеев] was a dancer, choreographer, and régisseur of the Mariinsky Ballet from 1894 to 1918. He developed interest in dance notation around 1897, when he served as an assistant to choreographer Alexander Gorskii, who was also teacher of the theory and notation of dance at the Theatre school. Gorski had revised the system created by another Theatre school teacher, Vladimir Stepanov, in 1891. The system was used for notations of ballets from the repertory of the Mariinsky Ballet undertaken by the Directorate of the Imperial Theatres and supervised by Sergeev. When he left Russia after the October revolution, Sergeev brought the notations with him to the West. He used them between 1921 and 1951 to restage Russian ballets for European companies.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Dance notations and music scores
- II. Materials related to ballets
- III. Additional material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
69M-85. Purchased from C. and I.K. Fletcher, Ltd. 22 Buckingham Gate, London S.W. 1, England with the F.E. Chase Fund and Duplicate fund, 1969; received: 1969 November.
Formerly owned by Mona Inglesby, 9 Thurloe Close, London, S.W.7.
Existence and Location of Copies
A number of notations from this collection are available on microfilm.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin and Jonathan Gray
The collection was originally catalogued by Suzanne Nicole Howard Currier Park in July of 1970. The material is kept in the order of the original cataloging.
- Sergeev, Nikolai, 1876-1951. Nikolai Sergeev dance notations and music scores for ballets, 1888-1944: Guide.
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