Tag Archives: Anna Volkova

The “wonderful” life of Sir Peter Wright

Sir Peter Wright, coaching dancers at the Dutch National Ballet, 2010

This article first appeared in the Australian Ballet’s program for its 2014 season of Sir Peter Wright’s Nutcracker in Melbourne

Memories of the year that was, hopes for the year to come

Isabella Boylston, Swan Lake, American Ballet Theatre, photo © Gene Schiavone

Looking backwards before glimpsing forward, the two highlights of the Australian dance year were the season of the Paris Opera

Anna Volkova Barnes 1917-2013

Anna Volkova in Les sylphides, Ballets Russes, ca. 1930s, photo © Maurice Seymour, National Library of Australia

She liked to say she led two lives – the first as a ballerina who danced on stages from Paris

Anna Volkova: a life well lived, from Moscow to a sheep farm in New South Wales

Anna Volkova, National Library of Australia, photo © Maurice Seymour

There are transitions and then there are major life changes. Anna Volkova, who died in Sydney last weekend aged 96,

The keepers of the flame

Les Sylphides, Daryl Lindsay

Summing up a year’s research at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, I spoke last week about my discoveries as the