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Martin Fredmann papers

Identifier: WH2145

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials: correspondence, house programs, awards, posters, clippings, photographs, ephemera that document Fredmann's career as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and artistic director for Colorado Ballet, Tampa Ballet, Teatro Comunale, London Festival Ballet, Maryland Ballet, Dortmund Ballet, Scapino Ballet. Additional video tapes related to Colo. Ballet (1978-2006), Tampa Ballet (1983-1990), promotional, rehearsal and ballet school videos (1979-ca.2007), and audio tape interviews of Fredmann (1976-1990, n.d.) are included.


  • 1913-2011


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Internationally known ballet teacher, choreographer, dancer and artistic director of Tampa Ballet (1984-1987), Tampa/Colo. Ballet (1987-1990), Colo. Ballet (1991-2005). Born (1943) in Balitmore, Md., Fredmann has danced with Pennsylvania Ballet, the Maryland Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Internationally, he was Maestro di Ballo for Teatro Comunale (Maggio Musicale Florentino) in Florence, Italy; company teacher for London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet); ballet master and principal dancer of Dortmund Ballet in West Germany; and principal dancer of Scapino Ballet in Holland. He has received the Denver Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1996), Dance Magazine Award (1999), Bonfils-Stanton Award for Arts and Humanities (1999). In 2005, he was decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the development of ballet in Japan and for facilitating an increased cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. In 2003, he founded and continues to director the annual young dancer's competition known as the Japan Grand Prix. Fredmann was also deputy artistic director of the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. (2009-2013).


6 Boxes

1 oversize folders

5 oversize boxes

10 audiovisual boxes

3 photo boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Martin Fredmann; 2010, 2011, 2017. Gift; Unknown donor; 2016.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Finding Aid for the Martin Fredmann papers,1943-2014
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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