Harry Haythorne, 1926-2014: An inspiring life in dance
Harry Haythorne, the former assistant artistic director of the Scottish Ballet and artistic director of both the Queensland Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet died today.
Born in Adelaide in 1926, he was inspired by the visit to Australia of Ballet Rambert in 1947/48 and travelled to the United Kingdom to train with Anna Northcote, Stansilaw Idzikowski and Audrey de Vos.
He danced in musicals and with the Metropolitan Ballet, the International Ballet and Walter Goreâ€™s London Ballet.
In 1975 he was appointed artistic director of the Queensland Ballet and from 1981 to 1992, was artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
In 1993 he was awarded an MBE for his services to dance.
Hawthorne continued to perform character roles in Australia in Stanton Welchâ€™s Cinderella, Ronald Hyndâ€™s The Merry Widow and Graeme Murphyâ€™s Nutcracker, Tivoli and Swan Lake.
His most memorable final performances were his roller skating solo in Tivoli and his fussy yet adorable interpretation of the Edwardian era photographer in Murphy’s Act I of Swan Lake.