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Location: ppf, Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1693
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Kireef, Ivan, 1902-1991
Creator: Goreva, Claudia
Title: Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef photographs and other papers
Date(s): circa 1902-1993
Quantity: 1 linear feet (1 box, 3 folders)
Language of materials: French, German, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Polish, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, and English.
Abstract: Personal and promotional materials of dancers, Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef.
Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef were ballet dancers circa 1920s-1970s. Goreva and Kireef were dance partners and married. The couple were noted dancers of their time, they trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shortly after their training they joined ballet companies in Russia and Poland. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Goreva and Kireef toured Europe and the Middle East. After World War II, they moved from Paris to the United States and opened a ballet school in New York City for 14 years. Kireef also joined the faculty of Oleg Briansky's Glen Falls Ballet Center in 1972. After Goreva died in 1986, Kireef worked as a ballet instructor at Adirondack Community College until his death in 1991.
Materials are loosely arranged in six series: Correspondence, Promotional Documents, Photographs, Travel Documents, Posters and Broadsides, and Miscellaneous.
The bulk of the collection includes publicity/promotional materials from their international dancing career, other professional dancers, and advertisements for their ballet school. These promotional materials consist of programs, photographs (stills, headshots), broadsides, handbills, theater posters, and magazine and newspaper articles about Goreva and Kireef's shows. The promotional announcements range from an assortment of designs in black and white to bright multi-colored materials, in various languages. The collection also contains travel documents and personal and professional correspondence in the form of postcards, letters, and other souvenirs.