1899-1991 age 92
Born in Indianapolis, Ruth Page, was a pioneering American ballet dancer & choreographer based in Chicago. When a teen, (1914) Anna Pavlova was a guest at the Page house & encouraged her to make dancing her career. Miss Page appeared briefly with Pavlova's company that year. When she settled in Chicago, she linked up with Adolp Bolm. She danced and studied around the world with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Mary Wigman, the great German Expressionist and others. She danced for the coronation of Emperor Hirohito of Japan in 1928. “An eclectic choreographer, Miss Page is known for "Hear Ye, Hear Ye" (1934), a ballet about a murder trial to a commissioned score by Aaron Copland; "An American Pattern" (1937), a feminist protest against conformity; "Billy Sunday" (1948), a ballet derived from a fiery evangelist's sermons, and several ballets based on famous operas…During the 1940's, she staged works in Chicago and for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She choreographed Revanche, a ballet version of "Il Trovatore," for Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1951, & Vilia, an adaptation of The Merry Widow, for the London Festival Ballet in 1953.” In 1956 she founded Chicago Opera Ballet & Ruth Page's International Ballet was active 1962 - 1970 . “Miss Page was the author of "Page by Page" (1980) and "Class" (1984). She received the Dance Magazine Award in 1980 and the Illinois Gubernatorial Award in 1985, and held honorary degrees from Indiana University, De Paul University and Columbia College of Chicago.” From NY Times.