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The Papers of Margaret Lasica are professional and personal papers documenting Lasica's involvement with a variety of Australian dance companies, her professional reading, and the Modern Dance History Project and Archive. The most extensive components of the collection are those relating to the Modern Dance Ensemble, and The Modern Dance History Project and Archive, which was initiated by Lasica to document the early history of modern dance in Australia.
The collection is comprised of photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, administrative records, photocopied articles, oral history recordings, and transcripts of oral history recordings.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3299111).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Margaret Lasica, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers of Margaret Lasica were donated to the Library by Wendy and Shelly Lasica in February 2004. Subsequent consignments were received in 2008 and 2010.
A small Biography file on Margaret Lasica is held in the Library's Newspaper and Microform Collection.
Order has been imposed on the collection by the Library.
Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.
Professional and personal papers documenting Lasica's involvement with a variety of Australian dance companies, her professional reading, and the Modern Dance History Project and Archive. The most extensive components of the collection are those relating to the Modern Dance Ensemble, and the Modern Dance History Project and Archive initiated by Lasica. The collection includes photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, administrative records, photocopied articles and transcripts of oral history recordings.
Comprises 12 boxes, 6 folio boxes, 1 elephant folio item.
Papers relating to Lasica's professional reading and involvement in dance education, dance medicine, psychodrama and sociometry. This series mainly comprises articles, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, and other papers. Some correspondence and family documents are also included.
Files have been maintained in the order in which they were received.
The papers, by Jo-Anne Page and Ronne Arnold, discuss the transition of dancers to life after performance.
Dance performance reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Newspaper cuttings, 1987-1991, and a typescript document 'Other Writings on Dance' by Shelley Lasica, being a 'discussion of themes presented in the 'Writings on Dance' forum at the Small Companies Bicentennial Conference'.
Johann Strauss, The Gypsy Baron (two copies), Henrik N. Ege's libretto for The Gypsy Baron, and a copy of Strauss' Czech Polka.
Personal letters, cards and invitations received by Margaret Lasica.
Includes programs and newspaper cuttings for performances choreographed and or directed by Margaret Lasica. Companies and events include the Melbourne University Modern Dance Group, Melbourne University Modern Dance Club, the Victorian Opera Company, the School of the Modern Creative Dance, also known as the Studio of Creative Dance, Image '83, Image '85 and Image '90. Also included is a transcript of the Music Forum from Image '85.
An obituary written by Blazenka Brysha and a death notice written by Wendy Lasica.
Dance reviews and articles from The Village Voice Dance supplement.
This series contains programs, newspaper cuttings and associated promotional material relating to Margaret Lasica's activities as a dancer, choreographer and director with the Modern Ballet Group.
Includes programs for 1953, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1965, and 1966 Modern Ballet Group recitals, and some programs where the Modern Ballet Group performed with other companies, including Papricabaret, Tin Alley Players, Victorian Opera Company, and the Victorian Light Opera Company. Also included is a program for a screening of Giorgio Mangiamele's film Clay (1964) which featured the Modern Ballet Group, referred to in the program as the Margaret Lasica Dance Group.
The photographs in this series document the Modern Dance Ensemble between 1968 and 1980. Photographers include Ivan Gaal and Liz King, as well as Regis Lansac, D.H.S. Horn, and Jeff Busby.
The sorted photographs in this series have been arranged chronologically by year, and within each year alphabetically by production title. The larger unidentified component of this series has been partly sorted with similar images grouped together in packets.
Items in Folio Box 1
Includes promotional photographs of Lloyd Newson, Michael Pulliar, Mary Mauger, and Vicki McKenzie.
Items in Boxes 5-8, Folio Box 1 and Map Drawer
Programs have been arranged chronologically by year.
Also included is an oversized program for a 1973 performance by the Washington Dancers in Repertory of Margaret Lasica's 'Have no harvest but a thorn', originally choreographed by Lasica for Modern Dance Ensemble in 1970.
Includes programs of Modern Dance Ensemble performances with the Melbourne Chorale Continuing Choir, La Trobe University Contemporary Dance Group, and the Melbourne Chorale Chamber Singers and at festivals, such as the CBA Proms, Boort Fiesta and Music in the Round '74.
Includes programs of Modern Dance Ensemble performances with the Melbourne Chorale, the Melbourne Chorale Chamber Singers and the Melbourne Chorale Continuing Choir, and in festivals such as the Castlemaine State Festival.
Reviews of Modern Dance Ensemble performances and activities.
The posters cover almost all Modern Dance Ensemble seasons. Most are mounted on craftboard.
Modern Dance Ensemble: Winter Season '68; Modern Dance Ensemble: [Season 1969]; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 69 ½; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 71; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 72; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 73; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 74; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 78; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 79; Modern Dance Ensemble: Episodes
Modern Dance Ensemble: Winter Season '68; Modern Dance Ensemble [Season 1969]; The Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 70; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 73; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 75; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season '76; A Day for Dancing; Modern Dance Ensemble: Games; Dance '84 at Extensions; Festival of the Arts: 120 Years at St. Mary's; The Modern Dance Ensemble: Studio Show
Modern Dance Ensemble: Season 75; Modern Dance Ensemble: Season '77; Modern Dance Ensemble: Games; Modern Dance Ensemble Choreographic Workshop
Modern Dance Ensemble: Every Day Dances; Modern Dance Ensemble: Eleventh Hour Show
Modern Dance Ensemble: Season '78; Modern Dance Ensemble at Grant St.
This series comprises material on Australian modern dance pioneers of the 1930s-1950s, as well as oral history transcripts and notes relating to the history of modern dance in Australia. The oral history recordings that formed a part of the Margaret Lasica Papers are held in the National Library of Australia's Oral History Branch.
Further information on the Modern Dance History Project and Archive can be found in Elizabeth Dempster, 'Talking history: Margaret Lasica's modern dance history project and archive', Writings on dance, No. 4, Spring 1989.
'Modern Dance History Project and Archive', 'Dance history project - points raised by collected material', 'The relevance of the project, the history of dance over the past fifty years', and 'Gertrude Bodenwieser: instigator of modern dance or exponent of modernism'.
Transcripts of interviews with Ruth Bergner, Hanny Exiner (nee Kolm), Daisy Pirnitzer, and the Image '85 Dance Forum.
Includes photographs, an article on Ted Shawn's trip to Australia, a Patch Souvenir program on the occasion of the fifth anniversary performance, July 1944, and copies of original photographs of Patch Theatre performances.
Includes photographs, photocopies of programs, flyers for Studio of Creative Dance performances, and an issue of the Australian Association for Dance Education (AADE) Victorian Branch Newsletter, Vol. 3, April 1985, which includes an article by Hanny Exiner (nee Kolm).
Includes photographs of Wiener, Valerie Grieg and other members of Wiener's dance companies (sometimes known as the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, programs, flyers, newspaper clippings, and copies of Australia Dances, Vol. 1, 1952, and Area News, No. 8, June, 1947.
Copy photographs of Ruth Bergner and Shivaram.
Photographs of Margaret Barr Dance Drama Group and reviews.
Photographs of Sonia Revid and Mary Wigman, a program of a performance at the Union Theatre, Melbourne, articles and documents about Sonia Revid, and a photocopied letter signed by Mary Wigman.
Articles, photocopied programs of performances by Tanzgruppe Gertrud Bodenwieser and the Bodenwieser Ballet, and an envelope containing a letter signed by Bodenwieser.
Photographs, notes of New Theatre dance activities between 1946-1948, newspaper articles from The Guardian and Communist Review, photocopies of the New Theatre Review, July 1946, February-March 1947, and June-July 1947, and a copy of Angela Hillel, Against the stream: Melbourne New Theatre 1936-1986 (Clifton Hill: New Theatre Melbourne, c1986).
Articles relating to Jean Demicka, Patricia Edie, and Margo Thomas, a letter and photograph from E. Fink, two unidentified photographs of dancers in an envelope titled Shirley, and a copy of Arts and Entertainment, Jews in Victoria 1835-1985 : the Jewish Museum of Australia, 16 April - 28 July 1985 (South Yarra, Vic. : Jewish Museum of Australia, ).
These files contains a collection of unidentified photographic copy prints and negatives.
Includes video tape reels (20 x 5 in., 4 x 7 in.) and audio tape reels (148 x 7 in., 6 x 10 in.). Most tapes are labelled either on their container or on the reel itself. Audio tapes appear mostly to contain music recordings.
Comprises 15 boxes.
ICA, 1 Center Street, January 1978. Video by Stephen Jones
Sony, 7 inch
Pro formats - open reel (1", 2")
Sony, 7 inch Length 23 minutes
Sony 7 inch
Sony, 5 inch. Length 23 minutes
Sony, 5 inch
Scotch video 5 inch
Tape 4. Detective Scene.
More information on tape.
More information in casing
Lloyds Impasse, Going , Going Gone, Group Photo
7 inch reel, Black and white
Scotch 202, 7 inch reel, 7&1/2 ips, 1/4"
Magnetic tape reel (any size)
Scotch 202 7 inch reel, 7&1/2 ips Full Track
Scotch 175, 7 inch reel,
Scotch RB-7 7 inch reel, 7&1/2 ips Full Track
1980 on box spine
Ampex 5 inch reel
Ampex 600 Series, 7 inch reel
BASF 7 inch reel,
Scotch RB7, 7 inch reel,
Scotch 201, 7 inch reel,
Scotch 202, 7 inch reel,
Ampex, 7 inch reel,
Box also says 'Empty Reel'
Ampex reel, 7 inch reel,
[two unreadable words on case - Lunon Banquet?]
Some words on reel unredable
Scotch 7 inch reel,
BASF, 7 inch reel,
More info on case
Scotch 202 7 inch reel,
Scotch , 7 inch reel,
Ampex 7 inch reel,
Street Scene, But, There Goes My everything, Jelly Roll Tono[?], Dancing Doreen
Scotch 203, 7 inch reel,
Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings
Scotch, 7 inch reel,
David, True Grit, Corridors, L&M Scott
Rosie/1. Mary, Presto
PTC Clean Bits
Ampex7 inch reel,
Memorex 7 inch reel,
American 7 inch reel,
Check conflicting info on case cf. Tape reel
7 - Trio - put on Castlemaine 78 Master, M. Lasica - put on Castlemaine 78 Master
1 - Circle dance, 2 - Jenny's, 3 - Duet
Some unreadable notes on case - Valse Triste?
7 inch reel,
More info on case, Tape reel says Worker Sarte, SistersBosch, To Solo
EMI 7 inch reel,
Tape found with no information and no case
Ampex inch reel,
Three mini VHS tapes: two tapes are labelled as "Margaret Walker Celebration, 18 January, 1997"; one tape unlabelled.
Comprises 1 packet.
VHS Compact Video Cassette, Panasonic HG, 45 minutes
Consumer formats - VHS, S-VHS etc
VHS Compact Video Cassette, TDK EHG, 45 minutes