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 Correspondence Table of Contents Teaching Materials

Lester Horton Dance Theater Collection

- SERIES DESCRIPTION / CONTAINER LIST
- Production Materials

Series III:

Production Materials
Contents: The production materials consist of manuscripts, graphic materials, and realia related to the performance of Horton works. The series is arranged by subject in the following order: Scenarios and Related Materials, Repertoire and Castings, Plays, Notes/Miscellaneous, Costume Designs, Set Designs, Set Piece, and Props. The scenarios, which are arranged alphabetically by title, include typewritten and holograph descriptions, outlines, drafts, and notes concerning Horton choreographic works, including some that were never performed. Of note is a rhythm score for Salome with choreographic notes, Labanotation of The Beloved, and a light plot for Liberian Suite. The three plays in the series, all by Horton colleague Sonia Brown, include scripts that may or may not have been used by Horton for choreographic works.
Contents: The costume and set designs in the Collection, created mostly by Horton and Bill Bowne, are among the few surviving examples of production design for early American modern dance. The drawings, sketches, and paintings were made with pen, pencil, or mixed media, predominantly on tracing and construction paper. They are arranged alphabetically by title of work, which may or may not have been performed. Although many of the designs are not labeled with dates or titles, they are recognizable as belonging to a certain work or suite. The date span of the materials is approximately 1932 to 1952. The several props in the series, such as the bible used in The Beloved and the drum from Totem Incantation, are arranged alphabetically by title of work.


Scenarios & related materials

Contents: The scenarios, which are arranged alphabetically by title, include typewritten and holograph descriptions, outlines, drafts, and notes concerning Horton choreographic works, including some that were never performed.

Box 7 - Folder 1
Annie get your gun

Box 7 - Folder 2
Barrel house

Box 43 - Folder 1
Barrel house

Box 7 - Folder 3-4
The beloved

Box 7 - Folder 5
Brown county, Indiana

Box 7 - Folder 6
Carnival in (Bahia, Recife or ?)

Box 7 - Folder 7
Carolina and the Quaker

Box 7 - Folder 8
The curious will of Josiah Manners

Box 7 - Folder 9
The cottonwood leaves are whisperin'

Box 7 - Folder 10
Dancing Americans

Box 7 - Folder 11
Dybbuk

Box 7 - Folder 12
The family

Box 7 - Folder 13
Girl crazy

Box 7 - Folder 14
House in the country

Box 7 - Folder 15
Liberian suite

Box 7 - Folder 16
Medicine show

Box 7 - Folder 17
De morte

Box 7 - Folder 18
The park

Box 7 - Folder 19
Phoenix aground

Box 7 - Folder 20
Prado de pena

Box 7 - Folder 21
Recuerdo de angustia

Box 7 - Folder 22
Rites of spring [Le sacre du printemps]

Box 7 - Folder 23
Salome

Box 7 - Folder 24
Salty dog

Box 7 - Folder 25
Sixteen to twenty-four

Box 7 - Folder 26
Sleeping beauty

Box 7 - Folder 27
Something to please everybody

Box 7 - Folder 28
Song of Hiawatha

Box 7 - Folder 29
St. Francis

Box 7 - Folder 30
Tierra y libertad!

Box 7 - Folder 31
Tongue and cheek

Box 7 - Folder 32
Warsaw ghetto

Box 7 - Folder 33
Unidentified

Box 7 - Folder 34
White savage

Box 8 - Folder 1
Repertoire and castings


Plays

Box 8 - Folder 2
Lonely hearts, 1952

Box 8 - Folder 3
Strategy of murder, 1950

Box 8 - Folder 4
The unborn, 1951

Box 8 - Folder 5
Notes/Miscellaneous


Costume designs

Box 39 - Folder 1
Another touch of Klee [?]

Box 39 - Folder 2-3
Another touch of Klee

Box 39 - Folder 4-5
Bamboo alley

Box 39 - Folder 6-7
Beguine

Box 39 - Folder 8-9
Cakewalk

Box 39 - Folder 10-18
Chronicle[?]

Box 39 - Folder 19-23
ChronicleAction for power [?]

Box 39 - Folder 24-26
ChronicleConflict

Box 39 - Folder 27
Chronicle[?]. Course of nonsense

Box 40 - Folder 1-2
ChronicleFanatical action

Box 40 - Folder 3
Chronicle[?]. Growth of appropriation

Box 40 - Folder 4-8
Chronicle. Horizons

Box 40 - Folder 9-10
Chronicle. Surcharge

Box 40 - Folder 11
Chronicle. Warcry

Box 40 - Folder 12
ChronicleWarcry, Expansion

Box 40 - Folder 13
Church episode

Box 40 - Folder 14
Cumbia [?]

Box 40 - Folder 15-19
Cumbia

Box 40 - Folder 20
Earth chants

Box 40 - Folder 21
Exodus

Box 40 - Folder 22-23
Jocund dance

Box 40 - Folder 24
Liberian suite [?]

Map A-3/1
Liberian suite

Box 40 - Folder 25
Mound builders

Box 40 - Folder 26-28
Mound buildersDance for the earth

Box 40 - Folder 29
Mound buildersDirge

Box 40 - Folder 30
Ode a homage

Box 40 - Folder 31-34
Los penitenties [Los penitentes?]

Box 41 - Folder 1-2
Rumba antigua

Box 41 - Folder 3-7
Le sacre du printemps

Box 41 - Folder 8-15
Salome

Box 41 - Folder 16-17
Salome [?]

Box 41 - Folder 18-33
Something to please everybody

Box 41 - Folder 34-35
Something to please everybodyAesthetic ecstasy

Box 41 - Folder 36-38
Student workshop

Box 41 - Folder 39
Takwish

Box 42 - Folder 1
Tierra y libertad!

Box 42 - Folder 2-9
Tierra y libertad![?]

Box 42 - Folder 10-16
Totem incantation

Box 42 - Folder 17-33
Unidentified

Box 42 - Folder 34-36
Unidentified
Physical Description: [framed together]

Map A-3/2
Unidentified

Box 42 - Folder 37
Warsaw ghetto [by Keith Finch]

Box 42 - Folder 38-41
Xango [used in Tropic trio and/or Estilo]


Set Designs

Box 43 - Folder 2-4
Another touch of Klee[?]

Box 43 - Folder 5
Brown county, Indiana

Box 43 - Folder 6-10
Chronicle

Box 43 - Folder 11-12
Chronicle[?]

Box 43 - Folder 13-14
Los penitenties [Los penitentes?]

Box 43 - Folder 15-16
Salome

Box 43 - Folder 17
Sixteen to twenty-four

Box 43 - Folder 18
Something to please everybody

Box 43 - Folder 19
Something to please everybodyAphrodisiac, Aesthetic ecstasy

Box 43 - Folder 20-22
Tierra y libertad!

Box 43 - Folder 23
Totem incantation

Box 43 - Folder 24-26
Unidentified

Box 69
Warsaw ghetto [by Keith Finch]


Set piece

Box 70
Liberian suite
Physical Description: [framed segment of backdrop]


Props

Box 44
Medea
Physical Description: Mirror

Box 45
Prado de pena
Physical Description: doll

Box 46
Totem incantation
Physical Description: drum

Box 47
The beloved
Physical Description: bible

Box 48
Dedications in our time. Dedication to Josť Clemente Orozco
Physical Description: [hat

Box 49
Dedications in our time. Dedication to Josť Clemente Orozco
Physical Description: [shawl & bandoliers]


 Correspondence Table of Contents Teaching Materials