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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of the Howard Sayette Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Howard Sayette Collection



Collection Summary

Repository Ballets Russes Archives at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance
Collection Howard Sayette
Title Howard Sayette Collection
Dates 1935-2013
Bulk Dates 1956-1960
Quantity 3 boxes and 2 folders
Abstract Howard Sayette, an American dancer, was a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. His collection contains scrapbooks and souvenir programs from his time with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. There is also material from his time with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Identification HS-007

Biographical Note

Howard Sayette has enjoyed a distinguished career as a dancer, teacher, and ballet master. Born in Los Angeles, his principal training was with Leon Danielian, Robert Joffrey, and Hector Zaraspe. He joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1956 and danced there until 1960. He performed for many years with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York. He has worked with some of the 20th Century's greatest choreographers, including Antony Tudor, Bronislava Nijinska, John Butler, Alvin Ailey and Katherine Dunham. For 25 years, following his retirement from dancing, Mr. Sayette was ballet master and chief regisseur of the Oakland Ballet, teaching company class and rehearsing the majority of the repertory. He has also staged many ballets from the Oakland Ballet repertory for many companies in the U.S. and around the world. He now resides in Denver and teaches at the Denver School of the Arts.

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Scope and Content Note

Content of Collection

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Organization of the Howard Sayette Collection

Scrapbooks
Souvenir Program

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Restrictions

Restriction of Access

Certain restrictions to use or copying of materials may apply.

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Index Terms

The following are selected search terms used in the collection

Persons:

Sayette, Howard

Topics:

Ballet -- 1950-1960
Ballet dancers--1950-1960
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Document Types:

Scrapbooks
Souvenir Programs

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was donated by Howard Sayette in April 2010.

Processing History

The collection was processed by the Archive in 2010. The collection was databased by Jessie Hopper in 2012. Site edited by Jakob Hertzel in 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Box 1
Folder 1 Souvenir Programs
1.1.1   1956-1957
Souvenir Program for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
1.1.2   1957-1958
Souvenir Program for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Folder 2 Souvenir Programs
1.2.1   1958-1959
Souvenir Program for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
1.2.2   1959-1960
Souvenir Program for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
1.2.3   1960-1961
Souvenir Program for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Box K001
Folder 1 Scrapbook
1.1.1   1956-1962
Light Green scrapbook detailing Sayette's time with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Box K002
Folder 1 Scrapbook
2.1.1   1962-1966
Dark Green scrapbook detailing Sayette's time with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, particularly dealing with the directorship of Dame Alicia Markova.
Box K003
Folder 1 Scrapbook
3.1.1   1966-72
Red scrapbook detailing Sayette's time with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as well as time with Jacob's Pillow.