Fonds - Doreen Macdonald fonds

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Doreen Macdonald fonds

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  • 1958- 1988 (Creation)
    Macdonald, Doreen

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1 folder of textual material + 16 photographs

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Doreen Gladys Macdonald was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She began her dance training at the age of nine in Winnipeg, and was performing in nightclub acts at the age of fourteen. She later taught dance at the Arthur Scott Studios. In 1958, she accepted the position of seamstress at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She was promoted to Director of Wardrobe eight years later. She has also designed costumes for various Royal Winnipeg Ballet productions, including Paquita, Rigodon, Sundances, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, A Ballet High, Canto Indio, Donizettiana, Etude Printemps, Journey, Lento a Tempo E Appassionato, and Moments. Doreen retired from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1988, but volunteered at the RWB in the Development Department from 1989 to 1994. She also served on the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Executive. Doreen Macdonald passed away February 2, 1995 in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of seventy-three. A Scholarship Fund has been created in her name at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Custodial history

The records of Doreen Macdonald came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as several transfers of records from the RWB and were also collected by members of the Alumni Association.

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The Doreen Macdonald fonds includes the following series: questionnaires [1971-1991]; newspaper articles (1966-1977); excepts from RWB publications (1983-1986); biographies and photographs (1968-1988).

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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See also the costume files and the still and moving images of her costume designs housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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  • English

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