Tag Archives: Col. de Basil

When the baby ballerinas took a detour to the silver screen


How many ballet dancers these days become actors? There are some, of course, including Baryshnikov, but I think the peak

Irina Baronova, billboard version, makes a second appearance – in Melbourne

Irina Baronova, Swan Lake, based on a photo by Maurice Seymour, photo © Kate Gorman

First the State Library of New South Wales found a gigantic painting of Irina Baronova tucked away in the archives

A Ballets Russes’ treasure finds a new home at the State Library of New South Wales

Jean Hoyer, (front), Valentin Froman (centre), Igor Youskevitch (shading his eyes)

Just when it seemed there could be no more treasures to be unearthed from de Basil’s Ballets Russes’ tours of

Cinderella: a tale best told at a time of war

Tatiana Riabouchinska, Cendrillon, photo © Gordon Anthony

Cinderella’s story can take place in any country and at any time, but in ballet terms, the tale will always

Brigitte Kelly and Strelsa Heckelman: lives dedicated to dance

Brigitte Kelly in costume for Choreartium, 1938 or 1939, photo  © Spencer Shier, National Library of Australia

Two dancers whose with close connections to Col de Basil’s Ballets Russes’ tours to Australia have died – Brigitte Kelly,

A treasure trove of ballet signatures from the ’40s

An inscription in honour of Wesley Hooper in Supplement to the Complete Book of Ballets

My recent post about the artist, Phyllis McLachlan, led me to the website of Douglas Stewart Fine Books in Melbourne

How a crumbling roof in Dorset brought a Ballets Russes’ gallery to Australia

Tamara Toumanova 1934

I first saw these Ballets Russes’ drawings at Martyn Cook’s antique showroom in Queen Street, Woollahra in 2009. They’ve intrigued

Beth Dean and Moscelyne Jasinsky: Parallel lives devoted to dance

Beth Dean as the Initiate, Corroboree, 1954, courtesy Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, PXA 739/1867

The deaths of two dancers, one in Sydney, New South Wales, the other in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are reminders of the

The Ballets Russes in Australia and Beyond

Serge Ismailoff, Anna Volkova, Oleg Tupine, Tamara Tchinarova and Paul Petroff, 1938

In the winter of 2005, the University of Adelaide, the National Library of Australia and the Australian Ballet, received a