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Norman Bel Geddes (American, 1893-1958)
Ensemble scene for Boudour Ballet
Ca. 1919-1920

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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 60, Boudour Ballet, 1919-1920

Summary: Bel Geddes designed the scenery, costumes, and lighting for this one-act ballet by Felix Borowski, produced by the Chicago Opera Company. In it he introduced such modern materials as plastics in place of the traditional wood and cloth for scenery and sets.

Boudour Ballet was choreographed by Pavley and Oukrainsky, with music by Felix Borowski. The Chicago Opera Company production opened on 25 November 1919. It was also produced at the Lexington Theatre in New York on 16 February 1920.

Hunter Code: OP 2
Hunter Guide: page 140

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Box/Location Folder Description
theater box 115 b 1 Scene Renderings --- Black and white rendering of design for curtain.
flat file b 2 Scene Renderings --- Watercolor of design for curtain.
flat file b 3 Scene Renderings --- Pencil drawing of Idol.
flat file b 4 Scene Renderings --- Watercolor of ensemble scene.
flat file b 5 Scene Renderings --- Tempera rendering of act curtain design.
flat file b 6 Scene Renderings --- Tempera rendering of backing with idol.
flat file c 1-5 Costume Renderings --- Watercolors of dancers.
theater box 115 c 6a-c Costume Renderings --- Photo reproductions.
theater box 115 c 7 Costume Renderings --- Sketches of curtain figures.
theater box 115 c 8-9 Costume Renderings --- 15 Costume sketches.
theater box 115 c 10 Costume Renderings --- Costume notes.
flat file c 11 Costume Renderings --- Headdress details.
flat file d 1-6 Drawings --- Scene and curtain details.
theater box 115 e 1 Preliminary Sketches --- List of drawings; notes.
flat file e 2 Preliminary Sketches --- Elevation, curtain.
rolled storage e 3 Preliminary Sketches --- Backdrop.
rolled storage e 4 Preliminary Sketches --- 3 Plans, 32 x 40 inches (rolled).
flat file e 5 Preliminary Sketches --- Ensemble scene.
flat file f 1-6 Drawings --- 6 Plans and elevations.
theater box 115 h 1-2 Photographs --- 12 Publicity prints.
negative box 39 h 3 Photographs --- 4 Negatives.
theater box 115 i 1-3 Publicity --- Clippings 1919-1921.
theater box 115 j 1 Correspondence --- NBG - Chicago Opera Assoc. Jun-Dec1919.
theater box 115 m 1 Program notes.
theater box 115 p 1 Production Specifications --- Notes.
flat file r 1 Drawings --- Property details.