NDAI: Patricia Crosbie

Reference Code: IE 2135 N4
Title: The Patricia Crosbie Papers
Dates of Creation: 1968-2012 (predominantly 1977-1986)
Extent and Medium: 1 standard box, 1 outsize box (81 files)

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Name of Creator: Crosbie, Patricia (b. 1958).

Biographical History: Patricia Crosbie was born in Cork in 1958 and began her early dance training in Joan Denise Moriarty’s school of dance.  She danced with Cork Ballet Company, founded by Moriarty in 1947; and in the Irish Ballet Company, founded by Moriarty in 1973 and renamed Irish National Ballet in 1983.  Her many roles included Odette/ Odile in ‘Swan Lake’, Sugar Plum Fairy/ Snow Queen in ‘The Nutcracker’, and Widow Quin in ‘The Playboy of the Western World’.  She is ballet mistress with Cork City Ballet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Patricia Crosbie in three instalments on 9 March 2011, 11 September 2011, and 3 October 2017.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Programmes, posters, flyers, brochures, photographs, and publications collected by Patricia Crosbie.  The material reflects her dancing career, particularly her involvement with the Cork Ballet Company, Irish Ballet Company, and Irish National Ballet.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been arranged into two series.  Series 1 contains material relating to ballet companies founded by Joan Denise Moriarty.  It has been further divided into three sub-series by company and arranged chronologically by date of foundation.  Thereunder material has been arranged by type and chronologically by date.  Series 2 contains material relating to other Irish ballet companies and has been arranged alphabetically by company name and thereunder chronologically by year.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.


Allied Materials 

Related Units of Description: An interview of Patricia Crosbie by Dr Catherine Foley, in which she discusses her career, can be found in the Conversations in the Archives collection (N24) in the National Dance Archive of Ireland.


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