Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:14 AM
i have this photocard.
just laid hands on it.
no date, but it's captioned:
Elaine Fifield and David Poole, COPPELIA Act 2
the NYPL has a listing for photo, which seems to be from the era, with the following info.:
Fifield, Elaine / Photograph, no credit given.
In Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet production of Coppélia. Costume designed by Loudan Sainthill.
Coppélia (Choreographic work : Sergeev, N after Cecchetti, Ivanov and Petipa, M)
further info from NYPL on the production:
Chor: Ninette de Valois and Nikolai Sergeev after Cecchetti, Ivanov and Petipa; mus: Léo Delibes; lib: Charles Truinet and Arthur Saint-Léon; scen: Osbert Lancaster. First perf: London, Covent Garden, March 2, 1954, Sadler's Wells Ballet (Company).//First U.S. perf: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, Sept 21, 1955, Sadler's Wells Ballet (Company).//Revived: England: Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Jan 16, 1956, Sadler's Wells Ballet (Company); scen and cos: Robert Medley.//First perf. by Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet (Company): Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Theatre, Jan 30, 1956; scen and cos: Robert Medley.
hard to say which costume this might be - if it's a performance photo it would likely be Medley's work - unless NYPL knows something in particular about Fifield's costume. Interestingly the NYPL photo doesn't give de Valois among the staging credits.
it seems safe to say, however, that the photocard of Fifield and Poole dates from the 1950s.