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Edward Stierle Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC-0018

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of photographs, ephemera, published materials, and newspaper articles dedicated to the career and legacy of Edward “Eddie” Stierle. Materials document his competition wins, enrollment as a high school student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, career with the Joffrey Ballet, and his death from AIDS complications in 1991. Memorial items and other material collected after his death are also included.

The collection includes programs from NCSA productions in which Stierle participated, including the 1984 production of The Nutcracker and the 1985 Winter Dance. Newspaper articles in this collection span 1984-1995 and cover his competition wins and career with the Joffrey Ballet, his fight with AIDS and his dances Lacrymosa and Empyrean Dances, obituaries, memorials, and pieces on the effect of the AIDS crisis on the arts. Many photos of Stierle, especially during his career with the Joffrey Ballet, are included along with a biography of Stierle written by Dianne Solway in 1994, A Dance Against Time. A handwritten timeline of his accomplishments is also included.

Dates

  • 1984-2006

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. UNCSA is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Edward “Eddie” John Stierle was born in Hollywood, Florida on 2 March 1968 to William and Rose Stierle. He began studying dance as a child and enrolled in the North Carolina School of the Arts high school dance program in 1983, where he was a student of Duncan Noble and Melissa Hayden. In January 1985 he won the gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, the second American to do so. After graduating from NCSA in 1986, Stierle won the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. That year, at the invitation of Robert Joffrey, he became the youngest dancer to join the Joffrey Ballet. His first choreographed work, Lacrymosa, dedicated to Robert Joffrey, was a response to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. Edward was diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 1987. Stierle returned to NCSA's campus in 1989 to perform Lacrymosa and choreograph Concerto Con Brio for that year's Winter Dance. 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.

After his death, in April 1991, NCSA established a scholarship in Stierle's memory. In May 2001 the dance student lounge at NCSA was dedicated to his memory and renamed the Edward J. Stierle Student Lounge.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (2 oversized boxes)

42 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection is comprised of photographs, ephemera, published materials, and newspaper articles dedicated to the career and legacy of Edward “Eddie” Stierle. Materials document his competition wins, enrollment as a high school student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, career with the Joffrey Ballet, and his death from AIDS complications in 1991. Memorial items and other material collected after his death are also included.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into three series: Series 1. Personal Papers; Series 2. Photographs; Series 3. Books, Magazines, and Newspaper Articles. Items have been arranged chronologically within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials appear to have been donated in several deposits by Edward's mother, Rose Stierle, between 2000 and 2010.

Related Materials

4 images of Stierle have been digitized and are available through UNCSA's Digital Collections.

The Video Collection (RG-0037) contains a VHS recording of Edward performing Lacrymosa for Winter Dance 1989, and VHS footage of Stierle at the 1986 USA International Ballet Competition.

Additional records related to Stierle's time at NCSA may be found in the School of Dance Collection (RG-0023).

Images of Stierle and the dedication of the dance student lounge in his memory may be found in the Photograph Collection (RG-0024).

In other collections, material related to Stierle's dance Lacrymosa may be labeled Lachrymosa, Lacrimosa, La Crymosa or Lacrymoso.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2018 have not been recorded. In 2021, the collection was arranged into series based on format, with folder titles supplied by the archivist. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Title
Guide to the Edward Stierle Collection
Status
Completed
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-06-01: Edited by Laura Silva to include folder-level descriptions and to reflect arrangement after processing.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

Contact:
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Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States