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Vestris Prize For Choreography fonds
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- Crapo, Henry H.
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- 2 v. ; 29 x 24 x 6 cm.
- 13 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm or smaller
- 1 statue : bronze ; 10 x 12 x 30 cm
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Dr. Henry H. Crapo was a faculty member at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Pure Mathematics. Crapo donated a sizable volume of rare books and materials for the history of dance for Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo. Crapo also helped to organize the Vestris Prize choreography competition with Boston Ballet in 1967.
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Fonds consists of two binders compiled by Dr. Henry H. Crapo when he was a Trustee with the Wasemquia Charitable Trust. The binders document the Vestris Prize Competition for Choreography in 1967 and 1968, which the Wasemquia Charitable Trust helped to sponsor. Fonds documents scheduling and planning for the competition, as well as lists of competitors and judges.
Correspondence addressed to and from Henry Crapo, discussing various topics such as invitations sent to renowned ballet dancers in the New York world to judge in the competition are included, along with press releases and letters to advertisement agencies to promote the competition. Other records in the binders include clippings from newspaper and magazines advertising the competition, as well as black and white photographs depicting trophies from the competitions and scenes of performance entries.
Fonds also includes a yellow patina bronze statue that depicts a caricature of Auguste Vestris, which acted as the central theme for the Vestris Prize competition. The statue portrays Auguste Vestris with an oversized head, wings, and a garland.
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The Vestris Prize for choreography, also referred to simply as the Vestris Prize, developed as an outgrowth of a choreography workshop conducted by the dancers of the Boston Ballet Company in the summer of 1966. The Vestris Prize was provided by the Wasemequia Charitable Trust with cooperation of the Boston Ballet Company.
Participants trying to win the prize were required to submit a 20 minute piece of choreography in a particular style of dance that used a predetermined number of dancers. Pieces submitted by participants were then performed by dancers in the Boston School of Ballet. Afterwards, winners for first, second, and third place were selected and given a monetary award. Additionally, the choreography provided by the first place winner was to be performed by the Boston Ballet Company during their regular season for two years.
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Revised by PH in October 2018.
Reviewed by DR January 2019.