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LITTLEFIELD BALLET arriving in Chicago

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scan of photo, probably dated for newspaper publication in Nov. 1941, front and back.

the caption pasted to the back of the print helpfully names all the dancers, presuming, of course, the capiton writer got them all correctly.

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what a handsome group they are :)

They are...! The first guy in front looks like a movie star. I wonder if he was placed there strategically by the photographer... :wink:

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The things that strike me about the arrangement are that the guys are more prominently placed in front of the gals, although the latter are raised on high, and that there are almost as many men as women, which makes me curious about their repertory. (A little Googling brings out little more than a list of titles, widely - or even wildly - eclectic as that seems, going beyond what I gather was the then-fashionable mix of classics and Americana to some things that look pretty avant-garde, like "H.P.", to music by Carlos Chavez and with designs by Diego Rivera, although this one got only one performance.)

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A sad aspect of this is the date: November 1941. Within a month the U.S. would be at war. I wonder how many of these men received draft notices soon after this photo was taken.

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The accounts of the company I ran across indicate that that is what ended the company - the men joined the Armed Forces.

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the Nov. issue of The Dancing Times included these photos connected to the Littlefield Ballet.

one of Catherine Littlefield and another of her CLASSICAL SUITE.

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