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Edward Stierle Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC-0018

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of photos, published materials, and newspaper articles dedicated to the career and legacy of Edward “Eddie” Stierle. Materials span his competition wins as a student at North Carolina School of the Arts to his death in 1991, as well as some memorial pieces and other material collected after his death. A handwritten timeline of his accomplishments is included with memorabilia from his career. Six framed photographs of Stierle are also included, along with a headshots and photographs from the Joffrey Ballet. This collection includes programs from North Carolina School of the Arts productions in which Stierle participated, including the 1984 production of The Nutcracker and the 1985 Winter Dance. Correspondence with the Stierle family and Sandra Aberkalns is included along with a biography of Stierle written by Dianne Solway in 1994, A Dance Against Time. Newspaper articles in this collection span 1985-1995 and cover his competition wins and career with the Joffrey Ballet, his fight with AIDS and his dance Lacrymosa, obituaries, memorials, and pieces on the effect of the AIDS crisis on the arts.

Dates

  • 1985-1995

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not been fully processed and requires advanced notice for access. For information about access to this collection, contact the Archives (archives@uncsa.edu). Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Archives collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information which is protected under federal or state privacy laws, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina School of the Arts assume no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Edward “Eddie” Stierle was born in Hollywood, Florida on 2 March 1968. He began studying dance as a child and enrolled in the North Carolina School of the Arts high school ballet program at age 15, where he was a student of Duncan Noble. The following year he won a gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, the second American to do so. He went on to win a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi before graduating from NCSA in 1986. At 18 he became the youngest dancer to join the Joffrey Ballet. His dance Lacrymosa, dedicated to the Joffrey Ballet, was a response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Edward was diagnosed with Auto-Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in 1988. He choreographed one other ballet, Empyrean Dances, which premiered at the Lincoln Center three days before his death. Edward Stierle passed away on March 8, 1991 at the age of 23.

Extent

2.52 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection is primarily composed of photos, published materials, and newspaper articles dedicated to the career and legacy of Edward “Eddie” Stierle. Materials span his competition wins as a student at North Carolina School of the Arts to his death in 1991, and include some memorial pieces and other material collected after his death.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials.

Related Materials

The Video Collection (RG-0049) contains a VHS recording of Edward performing ‘Lacrymosa’ for Winter Dance 1989, and a DVD recording of a later production of the piece.
Title
Guide to the Edward Stierle Collection
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Laura Silva
Date
June 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

Contact:
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Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States