Fonds F0142 - Paul James Dwyer fonds

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Paul James Dwyer fonds

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4.2 m of textual records
ca. 41 photographs
52 videocassettes
ca. 6 drawings
3 paintings
1 compact disc
8 DVDs
13 audio cassettes
1 poster

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Paul James Dwyer is a dancer, choreographer, collector, writer and founder of Dance Oremus Danse. Upon graduating from high school in 1973, Dwyer became interested in a dance career. At that time, he also began his extensive collection of Isadora Duncan and French Baroque dance materials. Dwyer's professional debut as a solo dancer and choreographer came in 1977 at 15 Dance Lab in Toronto. He went on to participate in group dance performances, to direct shows, and to tour the United States as a guest-artist with "Dancers for Isadora" and the Turtle Bay Music School, N.Y.C. In 1983, he founded Dance Oremus Danse in Toronto. Dwyer also collects and writes about Isadora Duncan, early music, and Baroque dance. He is a member of Dance Ontario, the American Liszt Society, Toronto Early Music Centre, and the Canadian Representative of the Isadora Duncan International Institute.

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The fonds documents Paul James Dwyer's activities as a dancer, choreographer, and writer. Records consist mainly of correspondence and subject files relating to various dance companies such as Dance Oremus Danse and the Isadora Duncan School of Modern Dance. There is some documentation on grant applications. Also included are dance programmes, Dwyer's published articles and photographs of colleagues such as Jeanne Bresciani, Lori Belliveau, Nadia Chilkovsky, and Anita Zhan. There are video and audio recordings of interviews and dance performances. Accession 2007-059 includes correspondence with Madeleine Lytton regarding her dance career in the tradition of Isadora Duncan, correspondence and other documentation regarding the collections of books, photographs, and other material pertaining to Duncan owned by Leo and Lillian Loewenthal and Howard Holtzman, Ella Bobrow's book on Irina Odoevtseva, a program for the memorial dance performance for Hortense Kooluris, and promotional material for a wide variety of performers involved in dance, opera, and baroque music.

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Donated by Peter Michael Stadnyk between 1997, 2007, and 2012 and by Lillian Sim in 2010 and 2011.


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Some financial records in 2012-050 are restricted as they contain third-party information.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1997-020, 2000-048, 2001-014, 2002-026, 2003-037, 2004-007, 2005-009, 2007-059, 2010-027, 2011-015, 2012-050. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/04/04 Jizi Chen:. (Creation)
2002/04/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2002/10/10 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in Access restrictions and Accruals.
2002/10/11 Ken Hernden. Edited Accruals and Related material notes.
2003/04/08 Shannon MacDonald. Add URL for online finding aid.
2003/10/09 Sean Smith. Updated dates of creation and extents to included 2003-037.
2004/12/03 Nichole Vonk and Suzanne Dubeau. Added to extent to includ materials from accession 2004-007. Updated scope and content.
2008/03/18 Michael Moir. Updated dates of creation, physical description, scope & content note and other fields to add 2007-059
2008/03/18 Michael Moir. Updated dates of creation, physical description, scope & content note and other fields to add 2005-009
2011/03/20 Michael Moir. Updated dates of creation, physical description, scope & content note and other fields to add 2010-027
2012/02/02 Michael Moir. Updated to reflect 2011-015
2013/02/05 julia holland. Updated dates of creation, physical description, scope & content note and other fields to add 2012-050
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2019/06/10 KCP. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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  • English


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