Author Archives: valerie

Kenneth MacMillan: His creative spirit remains, 25 years after his death

To mark the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death – in October 1992 – six dance companies in the United Kingdom

Robert Helpmann 1958: From the nude with violin to the lunch with Nugget Coombs

No one excelled Robert Helpmann as a multi tasker. Dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, director and publicist, Helpmann was at the

The Australian Ballet’s 2018 tent pole: Spartacus reinvented for the 21st century

In any ballet season there’s always a big show, a premiere, a hook that adds that extra bit of excitement

World Ballet Day 2017

The next WBD is on 5 October. Five companies, The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi, Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and

Li Cunxin, artistic director of the Queensland Ballet, reveals the 2018 season

The Queensland Ballet’s 2018 season is strong on narrative ballets, with the first, a new production of La Bayadere, choreographed

Tamara Tchinarova, principal dancer, writer, interpreter and one of the last stars of the Ballets Russes’ days in Australia

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, a dancer who gave so much to ballet in Australia has died in Spain at the age

Together they stand: the trend for co-productions in the ballet world

We’re fast approaching the time when dance companies release their 2018 repertoire. The Queensland Ballet will reveal its season on

Flying dreams and dancing animals: How children’s tales migrated to the ballet stage

This article first appeared in the Australian Ballet’s publication, Balletomane. If Wonderland were a destination, we could take our seats

The dancer as brand ambassador, then and now

“So famous she has no time to eat”. Could the ballerina, Alicia Markova really have given her blessing to an

Vale Bryan Lawrence, the English dancer handpicked for the Australian Ballet by Peggy van Praagh and Robert Helpmann

When Bryan Lawrence was a ballet student training in London, he once jumped so high that he felt “wonderful –