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MS Thr 398

Sakharoff, A. (Alexandre), 1886-1963. Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde Sakharoff papers, 1922-1970: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 398
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sakharoff, A. (Alexandre), 1886-1963.
Title: Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde Sakharoff papers,
Date(s): 1922-1970.
Quantity: 1 collection (9 boxes and 1 film (4.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, and other material of dance teachers Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde von Derp Sakharoff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Michel Bernstein; received: 1974 August.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alexandre Sakharoff and Clotilde Sakharoff Papers, 1922-1970 (MS Thr 398). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alexandre Sakharoff (1886-1963), a Russian dancer and teacher, and Clotilde von Derp Sakharoff (1892-1974), a German dancer and teacher, were dance partners who toured widely and developed a distinctive form and style of dance called abstract pantomine. They met in 1911 and were married in 1919. Alexandre choreographed and designed all the costumes for the team, drawing his inspiration from mythology and renaissance paintings. After World War II they went to Rome and established a school of dance in the Palazzo Doria, giving annual summer courses in Siena. Their final performance was in Paris in 1953.


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Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between the Sakharoffs and members of the Bernstein family, especially Leon Bernstein, who was an impresario for the Sakharoffs. Also includes a diary and a costume design by A. Sakharoff, notes by C. Sakharoff, drawings and photographs of the Sakharoffs, posters, programs, clippings in various languages, books, periodicals, and other material.

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