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Love this one. Quite a costume Diana has.

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This is even better:

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Can't place the following, or the other woman. Is the setting supposed to be that round studio at the top of the Paris Opera Ballet?

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And the Firebird. I recognize the Chagall backdrop, but not the men's costumes. Must be the Ballet Theatre version (1945) in which Adams did play the Prince's Bride.

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I've never seen this Caracole photo:

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Episodes Pas de deux? It certainly has that quality of "An exquisitelyi grotesque, heartbreaking pas de deux in the briefest of broken graspings," to quote the 1959 NY Times review. But that's not Jacques d'Amboise, is it? And, in the photo in Rep in Review, he is not wearing a white leotard. Her headpiece is interesting. She seems to have some tinsel stuck in her mouth.

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A Ballet Theatre photo. Fokine's Helen of Troy? I always loved Adams' long legs.

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I did find a photo of Vera Zorina and Jerry Robbins from what I assume is the Ballet Theatre premiere. Zorina's dress is very similar to Adams' in Hyperdog's photo. But Adams fills it better.

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Modern Jazz: Adams with ?, Hayden with Mitchell. The MJQ on stage.

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<<Can't place the following, or the other woman. Is the setting supposed to be that round studio at the top of the Paris Opera Ballet?>>

This is WALTZ ACADEMY - Balanchine for Ballet Theatre

<<Episodes Pas de deux? It certainly has that quality of "An exquisitelyi grotesque, heartbreaking pas de deux in the briefest of broken graspings," to quote the 1959 NY Times review. But that's not Jacques d'Amboise, is it? And, in the photo in Rep in Review, he is not wearing a white leotard. Her headpiece is interesting. She seems to have some tinsel stuck in her mouth.>>

This is ELECTRONICS the man is Conrad Ludlow (there's another photo from the same work, w/ Adams solo, arabesque, on pointe

<<A Ballet Theatre photo. Fokine's Helen of Troy?>>

yes, i have a print of this and the ident. says HELEN OF TROY

Modern Jazz: Adams with ?, Hayden with Mitchell. The MJQ on stage.

<<I notice what looks like Richard Rapp kneeling on the left.>>

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Thanks for the answer on Waltz Academy, rg.

And for the identification of Electronics. I just checked Rep in Review (p. 213) and found a stunning Fred Feld photo of Adams in the same costume and headress. One of the best stage shots I've seen It reveals the beautify of Adams' line in movement. I've seen the photo a hundred times. :dunno: I don't recall seeing the ballet, which apparently didn't stay around long.

Ludlow! Of course! He's actually one of the NYCB male dancers of the period who is most most recognizable. Apparently he alternated with d'Amboise in partnering Adams.

Re: Modern Jazz. At first I thought Adams' partner looked a bit like Moncion, but he is not listed as having danced in this. Rep in Review lists a guests artist, John Jones. It might be him. He had been a dancer with Robbins' Ballet U.S.A.

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Aren't those cute!

A Ballet Theatre photo. Fokine's Helen of Troy? I always loved Adams' long legs.

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You are correct on this one. It's ABT Helen of Troy.

I went back and put captions on all of the ones that were labeled. I'm sure you guys will have fun trying to figure out the rest. I'm interested to know myself. I was in touch this weekend with Patricia Wilde and her daughter; I'm sending them copies of all the photos so maybe they'll be able to shed some light on some of them as well.

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I particularly liked the Caracole picture. Those headpieces!

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some suggestions/identifications below:

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= this is Nutcracker finale, w/ Adams as Sugarplum - the ballet mistress might be Una Kai?]

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= perhaps SYMPHONIE CONCERTANTE

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= w/ NYCB in Monte Carlo

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= ON STAGE

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= SCOTCH SYMPHONY

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= if one could find a Camille/Lady of the Camelias ballet in Adams' rep. it might lead to this identification

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= perhaps VALSE FANTASIE 1953?

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some suggestions/identifications below:

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= perhaps VALSE FANTASIE 1953?

I agree with you that it looks like costuming of VF of at least 1967, which would be too late. However, Villella made the comment last fall that the original 1953 production of VF was done in Russian crowns and dresses - does anyone know when/if the costuming was changed during its original incarnation?

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Thanks, rg.

Who is the second woman posed at the center of the photo?

This certainly looks like the original Scotch Symphony tutu, with brooch. I can't wait to see MCB's revival next season and hope they can afford the complete kit as far as costumes are concerned.
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= if one could find a Camille/Lady of the Camelias ballet in Adams' rep. it might lead to this identification

NYCB: Antony Tudor's Lady of the Camelias, to a score taken from Verdi, premiered in 1951. Adams was Marguerite, with Hugh Laing as Armand. The photo of the two of them on p. 120 of Rep. in Review shows her wearing the identical costume. The text says that this was created especially as "a vehicle for its newly arrived stars, Adams and Laing." City Ballet already had Cecil Beaton costumes and scenery. Tudor is quoted as saying:
I wasn't doing the ballet for myself: I was doing it for the costumes and scenery. I was doing it for Diana and Hugh. I was a short-order cook.

Here is the relevant page from the Tudor Trust website:

http://www.antonytudor.org/ballets/lady-of-camellias.html

I guess this qualifies as a "lost ballet."

Question: The Tudor Trust photos show Adams in informal white dress, as in Act II of the opera. But hyperdog's photo (and Rep in Review's) show a black dress. Is that the famous red dress, turned dark black by the b-and-w film?

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some suggestions/identifications below:

http://s631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/hy...nt=scan0023.jpg

= this is Nutcracker finale, w/ Adams as Sugarplum - the ballet mistress might be Una Kai?]

Thanks for all the suggestions. It's funny that you mention Una Kai. I just found out from Patricia Wilde that she lives here in Savannah about 5 minutes from my house. She was going to call her and see if she would meet with me to talk about Diana. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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as recently seen on ebay:

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some suggestions/identifications below:

http://s631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/hy...nt=scan0023.jpg

= this is Nutcracker finale, w/ Adams as Sugarplum - the ballet mistress might be Una Kai?]

Thanks for all the suggestions. It's funny that you mention Una Kai. I just found out from Patricia Wilde that she lives here in Savannah about 5 minutes from my house. She was going to call her and see if she would meet with me to talk about Diana. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I hope you do! From my memories of working with her in Kansas City, she was very friendly and down-to-earth. And I'd love to hear--perhaps in a private message--how Pat is doing.

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more on ELECTRONICS:

the text on the back of the LP jacket for a recording of ballet's music.

f.y.i.

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BTW for those of you who watch the Classic Arts Channel, there is a circa 1960 version of Balanchine's "Apolo" featuring the pas de deux of Diana Adams and Jaques d'Ambrose currently in the rotation (they schedule a 12 hour program, play for a week, then switch). "

It was clearly filmed live, without any "do overs", Diana is amazing, but she does wobble during one balance. I watched thinking "that dancer has legs for *miles*!"

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