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National Dance Archive of Ireland

Catherine Gyll

Identity Statement

Reference Code: IE 2135 N26
Title: The Catherine Gyll Papers
Dates of Creation: 1933-2010
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium: 3 boxes (384 files)


Name of Creator(s): Gyll, Catherine (b. 1922).

Biographical History: Catherine Gyll was born Catherine Doolin in Dublin in 1923. After seeing a production by the Irish Ballet Club at the Abbey Theatre in late 1939, she auditioned and was invited to join the Club by its director, Cepta Cullen. Catherine studied and performed with the Irish Ballet Club until 1943, during which time she also studied radiography at St. Vincent's hospital, Dublin. Catherine performed in most of the Ballet Club's repertory during this period, including Puck Fair, Aisling, Lanner Waltz, Rhapsodie and Peter and the Wolf. In 1943, Catherine went to work in London where she later met and married the theatre director Peter Gyll while working as an Assistant Stage Manager. Catherine returned to Ireland in 2004.

Content & Structure

Scope and Content: Programmes, flyers, brochures, souvenir booklets, press cuttings and books reflecting Catherine Gyll's early career as an amateur ballet dancer, and her lifelong interest in all forms of dance performed in the United Kingdom, predominantly in London.

Conditions of Access & Use

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Finding Aid: Descriptive List (click on link below)

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