Scope and arrangement
This collection is not a personal account of José Greco’s life. It is a visual framework for Spanish dance as conceived by José Greco. The photographs not only identify the company members, but also their performances, from the company’s inception in 1948 through the 1980s. Particular highlights include performance images of El Cortijo, Greco’s original and probably best-known choreography in a dance of the Spanish horsemen, and the Bolero, originally choreographed by Greco’s famous partner Argentinita. Another favorite performance is La Castellana, a dance that symbolizes a boy’s flirtation with the Castilian maidens. The opposite tension is suggested in the images of Andalucia Flamenca, a dance where the women seduces the male. In terms of company performers, the materials also include a large name index; the range of which includes all of Greco’s wives: Sarita Rivera, Nila Amparo, Lola de Ronda (common-law) and Nana Lorca and dancers, including Paco Alonso, Pepita Nunes, Lupe del Rio, Luis Rivera, Teo Santelmo, Maria Soto and Juan Vallejo. The company member also includes musicians such as Roger Machado (composer) and Ricardo Modrego (guitarist).
The last section of materials contains original artwork, most of which is from set and costume designs of ballets like Don Quijote, Barcelona Suite and Goyescas. However, there is some original work by Greco from his art school days in addition to some of his set designs. Of particular interest here is his scrapbook, which contains the layout for his performance programs. In it are brief statements explaining the significance of his dances.
The José Greco graphic materials are arranged in three series:
- 1900 - 19896 boxes
This series contain a variety of images of the José Greco Company, which covers not only the company's dancers but also Greco's personal photographs.
- 1930 - 19834 boxes
This series contains original artwork. It includes pieces by both Greco and by the company's set and costume designers.
- 1920 - 19793 boxes
This series contains oversized original artwork created by both Greco and his company's set and costume designers.