NDAI: Catherine Gyll

Reference Code: IE 2135 N26
Title: The Catherine Gyll Papers
Dates of Creation: 1933-2010
Extent and Medium: 3 boxes (385 files)

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Name of Creator(s): Gyll, Catherine (1923-2018).

Biographical History: Catherine Gyll was born Catherine Doolin in Dublin in 1923.  After seeing a production by the Irish Ballet Club at the Abbey Theatre in late 1939, she auditioned for and was invited to join the Club by its director, Cepta Cullen.  Catherine studied and performed with the Irish Ballet Club until 1943, during which time she also studied radiography at St. Vincent’s hospital, Dublin.  Catherine performed in most of the Ballet Club’s repertory during this period, including Puck Fair, Aisling, Lanner Waltz, Rhapsodie, and Peter and the Wolf.  In 1943, Catherine went to work in London where she met and married theatre director Peter Gyll (1913-1989) while working as an Assistant Stage Manager.  Catherine returned to live in Ireland in 2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Catherine Gyll to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 26 July 2011.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Photographs and memorabilia relating to Catherine Gyll’s time with the Irish Ballet Club in the 1940s, and programmes, flyers, brochures, souvenir booklets, press cuttings, and books collected by her, reflecting her lifelong interest in all forms and aspects of dance.

System of Arrangement: The material has been arranged thematically into four series (ballet, contemporary dance, world dance, and books) and thereunder alphabetically by dance company and chronologically by date, retaining the original order imposed by Catherine Gyll.


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.


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