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Ravinia Cocktail Party No. 15 [May 1, 1985]

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Video Identifier: V.2011-05-0570
Run Time
0h 17m 34s
Date Produced
May 1 1985
     Taping of a reception at the Arts Club, Chicago, prior to the opening of the 50th Anniversary season of the Ravinia Festival, during which a "Ruth Page Week of Dance" at the Festival was inaugurated.
     This fiftieth anniversary celebrated the reopening of the Festival in 1936, after a brief hiatus following the close in the early 1930s of the legendary Ravinia Opera seasons, owing to financial difficulties of the Festival's founder and guiding light, Louis Eckstein, who died in 1935.
     The Festival celebrated the 60th anniversary of Ruth Page's debut as resident choreographer, premiére danseuse and ballet mistress, positions she retained from 1926-1931. A photo exhibit chronicling Ruth Page's career mounted for the celebration was on view during this reception.

     Ruth Page and Ravinia spokesman discuss the history of Ravinia. Pick-up shots of Ruth Page and guests: Ravi Shankar; André Delfau; Mr. & Mrs. Len O'Connor; ex-Gov. Dan and Roberta Walker; Chicago critics Ann Barzel and Dorothy Samachson; lawyers Jerold Solovy and Ron Reicin; Orrin Kayan; Brooks Davis; Thea Flaum.
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Chicago (production location of)