Memories of Kelvin Coe

In 1992, ABC TV screened a documentary on the former Australian Ballet principal, Kelvin Coe, who died in July that year.

Thanks to the YouTube channel zydower, I’ve recently discovered these clips – two of seven – from that documentary. They’re fascinating not only for the performances of Coe but also for the thoughts of other dancers, choreographers and administrators, such as the late Noel Pelly, all of whom knew him well, and for the snippets of previous film of the company, including news footage of the momentous dancers’ strike of 1981.

2 Comments

  1. Rose Gayko Hubbard
    Posted March 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Kelvin was my grandmother’s nephew. I don’t know what that makes me? But I have a memory of him visiting Adelaide. I answered the door. I was probably 10, and until this day I can remember how good he smelt (his aftershave). I remember going to see him dance and I’ll always remember how proud and how much my mother and grandmother adored him and how devastated they were when he died. Now I am 51 and have never forgotten him. How much I wish that I was older at that time and could have got to have known him. Such a talent, a bright shinning star who still shines out there high beyond the heavens …xxx.

  2. Josephine meagher
    Posted June 13, 2015 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I remember meeting Kelvin and working with the Sydney Dance Company. Kevin was such a lovely person always greeting everyone with a smile and always saying “hello” – extremely friendly to the corps de ballet. He was great to talk to. I think Kelvin will always live on in my memory of dance. I attended many rehearsals with Kelvin and Marilyn Rowe. They were my favourite dancers to watch and be inspired by. Kelvin is a great loss in the ballet world.

    Josephine

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Kelvin Coe, Dale Baker, Paul DeMasson and David Palmer in rehearsal for The Three Musketeers, 1981. Photo  © Herald & Weekly Times Ltd

Kelvin Coe, Dale Baker, Paul DeMasson and David Palmer in rehearsal for The Three Musketeers, 1981. Photo © Herald & Weekly Times Ltd, Arts Centre Melbourne Performing Arts Collection, H0002757-1998.023.3077