MC:P174/P4 Photographs, Programmes and Cuttings concerning various Russian Ballet Dancers
In 1956, when the Bolshoi Ballet was making its first visit to London, Marks and Spencer, as a clever publicity stunt, arranged for the company to shop in their store, more or less for free, accompanied by a member of staff. Hans Schneider was one of the members of staff assigned to do this. Schneider also arranged for some of the dancers to have their photographs taken by professional photographers in London. As a result, Schneider subsequently established close friendships with several of the dancers, especially Maris Liepa. To judge from the photographs below, a similar invitation to Marks and Spencer was issued to members of the Bolshoi when they returned to London in 1963.
Three photographs of Hans Schneider and the Bolshoi ballet dancers Vladimir Vasiliev (b. 1940) and his wife Ekatarina Maximova (1939–2009) with Hans Schneider looking around a branch of Marks and Spencer.
MC:P174/P4/4 30 Jul 1963
Photograph (taken by Anthony Crickmay) of Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekatarina Maximova, with dedicatory inscriptions by them both to Hans Schneider.
MC:P174/P4/5–6 31 July 1969
A pair of photographs, one each of Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekatarina Maximova, evidently taken from the same production, each of which bears a dedicatory inscription to Hans Schneider.
MC:P174/P4/7 May 1964
Programme for a series of performances given by the Bolshoi Ballet given in Germany. It has been signed for Hans Schneider by Nina Timofeyeva, Marina Kondratieva, Maris Liepa, and Gennady Ledyach.
Photograph (taken by Frederika Davis) of the Bolshoi ballet dancer Maris Eduardovich Liepa (1936–89), bearing a dedicatory inscription from Liepa to Hans Scheider.
Commemorative booklet (in Russian), extensively illustrated, on the career of Maris Liepa.
Photograph of Maris Liepa, with an inscription on the back.
Photograph of Maris Liepa with a note from him to Hodgkinson and Schneider written on the back.
MC:P174/P4/12 n.d. (c. 1976, to judge from the dates given in some of the articles)
Programme (in Greek) for performances given by the Bolshoi Ballet, and starring Maris Liepa and Marina Kondratieva, in Greece.
Photograph (taken by Frederika Davis) of two ballet dancers in action. Although it is uninscribed, the male dancer is almost certainly Maris Liepa.
Commemorative booklet (in Russian), extensively illustrated, published to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Kirov dancer and trainer Natalia Dudinskaya (1912–2003). It bears a dedicatory inscription on the cover from Dudinskaya to Hans Schneider.
Photograph of Natalia Dudinskaya in costume as Odette in “Swan Lake”, signed and dedicated to Hans Schneider.
Photograph of Natalia Dudinskaya and her husband Konstantin Mikhailovich Sergeyev (1910–92), who also danced and taught for the Kirov ballet, both in costume, dedicated and signed by both of them to Hans Schneider.
Photograph of Konstantin Sergeyev in costume, dedicated and signed by him to Hans Schneider.
Signed photograph of Nina Tarakanova (c. 1911–1994) in costume, posing with Alexandra Dionisyevna Danilova (1903–97) and Léonide Massine (1896–1979). On the back of the photo is a note from her to Hans Schneider. Tarakanova’s husband was Neil Maclaren, who was Deputy Keeper of the National Gallery in 1952–61.
MC:P174/P4/19 24 Jul 2009
Cutting from the Independent reporting on an interview with Marina Kondratieva, former ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, in which she reminisces about the Ballet’s visit to London in 1956, and in particular her visit to Marks and Spencer with Hans Schneider.
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