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RepositoryNational Resource Centre for Dance Archive
Ref NoBB/N/3
TitleRuby Ginner press cuttings 1910-1913
Description In 1910 Ginner was aged 24 years. The contents of this scrapbook are testament to Ginner's increasing involvement in productions and her increasing popularity, more and more she is cited on the front page of programmes and in 1910 a performance given by Ginner (referred to as 'a famous opera dancer') was so well received that she had to repeat the dance for the audience. A large section of the scrapbook is filled with reviews and advertisements for Marie Brema's seasons at The Savoy, which Ginner was heavily involved in, and from 1912 there are many references to performances by Ginner and her company of Grecian Dancers. Evidence of Ginner's teaching is also found here, one review from 1913 mentions that Ginner trained some of the children in a performance and that Patricia King (whose birthday party Ginner performed at) was a pupil of Ginner. There is also evidence of Ginner's interest in and knowledge of international dances (which ties in with some of the music scores in the collection - see BB/T). A section of loose material relates mainly to A K Dyer and his roles in various years 1907-1931 - perhaps meant for the scrapbook BB/N/1.

Detailed contents:

Articles (some water damaged), programmes and advertisements for Miss Marie Brema's season featuring L'Allegro, The Two Hunchbacks and Orfeo or Orpheus at the Savoy, November (lines relating to Ginner are underlined in red pen). Amongst the clippings is a cartoon titled The Craze for "Classical" Dancing - A Discovery by William Kerridge Haselden who worked for the Daily Mirror (and sometimes Punch), one clipping from November 20 reveals that Ginner succeeded Miss Margaret Morris as chief dancer in Brema's Company.
Reviews and programme for Miss Brema's third season at the Savoy with Wedding Bells and La Pompadour in which Ginner danced a 'Water Dance' (Brema) in the interlude with Una Reynolds and Allan Glen, including pictures from newspapers; articles regarding Elsie Fogerty's Atlanta in Calydon at the Lyceum Theatre in which Ginner headed the chorus (an 'attempt to suggest something of the Greek chorus'); review and advertisement for The Pageant of Great Women at Beckenham Public Hall 1910 featuring Ginner 'by kind permission of Madame Brema') in a special dance; articles and advertisements for the autumn tour of The Blue Bird featuring Ruby Sinnett (this name had been underlined and should be Ginner) playing "Water", includes a hand drawn picture of a bluebird and several pictures from newspapers.
Review and programme for Buddha at the Little Theatre 22, 23 April starring Ginner; programme and reviews for The Cicada at the Savoy Theatre and An Autumn Idyll, a ballet arranged by Ginner, with one small photograph; programme and review for A Selection from Demeter produced by Edith Olivier in the gardens at Wilton House 3 July, featuring Ginner as Persephone; programmes (one hand written possibly by Ginner) for School of Opera Comique 7 October featuring The Cicada with a ballet by Ginner, the hand written programme is for 4 November and features An Autumn Idyll; advertisement for and reviews of entertainments for the Women's Freedom League International Suffrage Fair at Chelsea Town Hall 10 November featuring Ginner; programme for Le Devin du Village presented by Miss Florence Von Etlinger at the Royal Court Theatre 25 November with pantomime and dances by Ginner, also a flyer for Von Etlinger's Operatic and Dramatic School member's guest day 14 July featuring Ginner and her Grecian Dancers - with notes on the back; one review in French; programme and review for performance at Hamilton Hall, Forest Ball in which Ginner performed two dances, 2 December; programme for School of Opera Comique presented by Mrs K Harvey and Ginner 7 December Dances of All Nations arranged and directed by Ginner, with reviews.
Picture of Ginner and Grecian Dancers; flyer and programme for The Pivot Club at Paddington Street 4 February, dances by Ginner; flyer for Guildhall Cambridge A Grand Festival of Classical Dance Grecian, Russian and Ragtime, featuring Ginner and her Grecian Dancers 24-26 February; flyer for Hermann Dach's Awake My Beloved! with mention that Ginner will dance at every performance; programme of Classical Entertainment directed by H Bernhardt 24-26 February featuring Ginner; advertisements and colourful illustrated programme for The Tivoli, April featuring Ginner and Grecian Dancers, also a salary receipt for the Grecian dancers signed by The Tivoli manager; programme for performances at Hamilton Hall, Forest Hill with Classical Dances and An Autumn Idyll by Ginner 17 May, and programme with same dances at Patricia's Fancy Dress Masque (a child's birthday party), 15 April; reviews and image from Love and the Dryad at the King's Hall Theatre, Covent Garden, produced by Ginner, 29 April, also a programme; reviews of and a programme for a special concert at Devonshire Park featuring Ginner's Grecian Dancers, 2 October; programme a Grand Special Concert at Kennington Theatre 30 March featuring the Grecian Dancers; programme for performance at Ivy House 21 June featuring Ginner's 'pupils' and programme for a guest day at Florence Von Etlinger's Operatic and Dramatic School 14 July with dancing by Ginner.

Loose material:
Tivoli poster 7 April 1913 and 31 March 1913 featuring Ruby Ginner and Grecian Dancers; poster for Dr Wake's Patient at the Imperial Theatre 23 March 1907; programme for Cousin Kate at the Castle Theatre Richmond 27 January 1910 featuring A K Dyer; programme for The Headmaster at the Royal Court Theatre 4-6 December 1913 starring A K Dyer; programme for Speech Day 14 June 1913 at Christ's Hospital, West Horsham; letter to Mr Dyer from the Chairman of the Wounded Allies Relief Committee 3 March 1913 to thank him for appearing in The Adventure of Lady Ursula; programme for Grand Popular Entertainment at the School Hall on Paddington Street 5 November, starring A K Dyer; colourful Tottenham Palace programme February; entertainments programme Westgate-on-Sea season 1919; The Bedford Programme with an illustrated cover, programme beginning 6 January; colourful programme for The Metropolitan 20 May 1918; programme for Barnard's Theatre Royal 25 November 1918; programme for Garrick Theatre 2 November 1921 Dear Brutus by Sir James Barrie starring Mr Alec Dyer; review from Shipping Gazette and Lloyd's List 6 December 1912 for a The Witness for the Defence featuring A K Dyer; programme for a special matinee at the Savoy Theatre 22 November 1927 starring A K Dyer; programme for The Black Parrot at The Aldwych Theatre 10 December 1931 starring A K Dyer.
Extent1 black scrapbook and 1 folder
Physical DescriptionConservation work carried out on this scrapbook by Uta Laurenson and Douglas Stuart in 2009 as part of the Pioneer Women: early British modern dancers project.
CodePerson NameDates
DS/UK/P1294Ginner; Ruby Mary Adeline (1886-1978); dance practitioner1886-1978
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