Scope and arrangement
The Lucas Hoving papers document the professional and personal life of the noted dancer and choreographer with a focus on Hoving's choreography. Materials consist of choreographic notes, clippings, contracts, correspondence, interviews, teaching materials, personal documents, and files regarding Growing Up In Public, Hoving's autobiographical show.
Hoving's choroegraphic notes are not written in labanotation. They contain diagrams, names of individual dancers, sketches, and music cues. Unlabeled notes can be found under "general". Works represented include Philly Dances, Songs from a Distant Land, and Landscape With Clouds.
Correspondence is limited but consists of both professional and personal correspondence from 1959 to 1997. Notable correspondents include Ted Shawn and Anna Halprin. Hoving's letters home to his parents (in Dutch) are also here. Hoving's contracts contain correspondence regarding work negotiations as well.
Interviews consist of transcripts and copies of articles. The transcripts are original and possibly not duplicated elsewhere. His personal files contain passports, his marriage certificate, United States citizenship papers and military discharge papers. Materials relating to his wife Lavinia, including passports and some correspondence Hoving received upon her death are also here.
Of interest is Hoving's material regarding Growing Up In Public, his autobiographical one man show. The show was conceived and directed by Hoving's long time friend Remy Charlip, and was performed first in 1982 at the Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, New York. The file holds handwritten memories (with edits), stage directions, and reminders such as "tell it as to a person and not to a journal!"
The photographs are primarily professional, dance related images of Hoving at work. Earlier photographs (before 1930) do contain family photographs, many depicting Hoving as a child in Holland.
There are programs and flyers documenting Hoving's career as a performer, and a file of teaching materials which consist primarily of lecture notes and flyers advertising Hoving's course offerings. There is also a scrapbook, in Dutch and English, made as a gift by his students in 1978.
Alphabetical by subject.