Fonds F0146 - Toronto Dance Theatre fonds

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Toronto Dance Theatre fonds

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  • 1968-1997 (Creation)

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10.37 m of textual material
ca. 1160 photographs
29 posters

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The Toronto Dance Theatre was founded in 1968 by Patricia Beatty, founder of The New Dance Group of Canada, Peter Randazzo, principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and David Earle, former artistic director of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Beattie, Randazzo and Earle stepped down as artistic directors in the spring of 1983 and were replaced by Kenny Pearl. The present artistic director of the Toronto Dance Theatre is Christopher House. Since their first performance in 1968, the Toronto Dance Theatre has performed in every province across Canada and has toured in the United States, Europe and Asia. The majority of the company's repertoire consists of the choreography of the three founders including "Against Sleep" (Beatty 1968), "Court of Miracles" (Earle 1982), and "A Simple Melody" (Randazzo 1977). House, who choreographed "Glass Houses" (1983), won a Jean A. Chalmers award for his achievements. The School of Toronto Dance Theatre was also founded in 1968, at the same time as the Toronto Dance Theatre. The dance school, the first of its kind in Canada, offers a comprehensive training program in modern dance. Both the Company and the School are administered by the Toronto Dance Foundation.

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Fonds consists of selected administrative and operational records of the Toronto Dance Theatre.

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Donated by the Toronto Dance Theatre in 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2016.


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All financial records are restricted. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Toronto Dance Theatre or the School of Toronto Dance Theatre to view them. All photographs are restricted to use within the Archives. Researchers who wish to reproduce an image require the permission of the Toronto Dance Theatre. All permission requests must be directed via the University Archivist.

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A PDF finding aid for accessions 1998-049 and 2005-005 is attached to this description.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1997-025, 1998-049, 2005-005, 2016-032. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/04/08 Jizi Chen:. . Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/08 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2002/10/15 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in Administrative history, Scope and content, Access restrictions, Accruals, Immediate source of acquisition and Access points. Delete 'other note' re: source of title.
2002/10/22 Shannon MacDonald. Update access restrictions.
2003/04/03 Shannon MacDonald. Add URL for online finding aid.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2019/04/25 J. Grant. Added PDF finding aid for 1998-049 and 2005-005.

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