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RUTH PAGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1970 - HFSID 302928

Letter thanking Theatre World editor John Willis: "It is so difficult for me to get used to the idea of not having my own company!" Autograph Letter signed: "Ruth Page", 1 page, 5¼x7. Chicago, Illinois, 1970 July 26.

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RUTH PAGE
Letter thanking Theatre World editor John Willis: "It is so difficult for me to get used to the idea of not having my own company!"
Autograph Letter signed: "Ruth Page", 1 page, 5¼x7. Chicago, Illinois, 1970 July 26.On personal letterhead to "Dear John", in full: "Am delighted that you will use two of my Carmen pictures in your new book. I would hate not to be in it! It is so difficult for me to get used to the idea of not having my own company! My new ballet "Alice in the Garden' will be given at Jacob's Pillow Aug 25 to Aug 29. I wish you could come up and see it. Warmest greetings." Ruth Page (1899-1991, born in Indianapolis, Indiana) was an American dancer and choreographer. Page got her start in dancing in 1914, when she was introduced to Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, a house guest in her home. She appeared with Pavlova's company that year, then moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1915 and performed with Adolph Bolm's Ballet Intime company and Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. She married and made Chicago her home base in 1925, which benefitted from her in numerous ways. She founded the Chicago Opera Ballet - later renamed Ruth Page's International Ballet - which flourished from 1956 to 1970, and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance in 1970. Page also began directing and choreographing an annual Christmas production of The Nutcracker in Chicago in 1956. As a choreographer, Page enriched classical ballet with movements and gestures from sports, popular dance and everyday life. She choreographed over 100 works, including Revanche (1951), Villa (1953) and Die Fledermaus (1958). Page was also a dance teacher and continued to teach until she was 87 years old. Theatre World, founded in 1945 by Daniel Blum, is America's oldest annual record of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, referenced by industry professionals, historians, students and theatre fans worldwide. Until 1998, when a separate nonprofit corporation was established, Theatre World's editorial staff bestowed the prestigious Theatre World Awards for outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway debuts. Screen World (from 1950) and Dance World (from 1966), administered from the same office, furnished comprehensive information on those entertainment genres. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tony for Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Fine condition.

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