Tag Archives: Margot Fonteyn

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

Robert Helpmann at home in London

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

Vale Desmond Heeley, the man who, in his own words, made “dross into gold”

Artists of the Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow, photo © Jeff Busby

Desmond Heeley, the English stage designer who worked with Ballet Rambert, the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan,

Mara Galeazzi returns to Australia for the gala, Ballet Stars Under the Stars

Mara Galeazzi in Mayerling, Royal Ballet, photo © Bill Cooper

There are famous exceptions, among them Galina Ulanova, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Sylvie Guillem, but few ballet dancers continue

Symphonic Variations as seen through the eyes of Wendy Ellis Somes

Ako Kondo, Cristiano Martino, Robyn Hendricks and Amber Scott, Symphonic Variations, the Australian Ballet, photo © Daniel Boud

This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald. With its bomb sites, rubble and rationing, London in 1946

Irina Baronova, seen through the eyes of her daughter, Victoria Tennant

Victoria Tennant holds her mother's pointe shoes, photo © Kirk Gambler

This article first appeared in the Good Weekend supplement of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Tucked in a

David Wall, the first Lescaut and Rudolf

Lynn Seymour and David Wall in Mayerling, Royal Ballet, 1978, photo © Leslie E. Spatt

David Wall, one of the Royal Ballet’s most acclaimed principal dancers, has died at the age of 67. Born in

The many lives of the Corsaire pas de deux

Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, Bolshoi production of Don Quixote, London 2010, photo courtesy John Ross

The pas de deux in Le Corsaire is one of the most famous moments in the classical ballet repertoire, yet

Nureyev in Le Corsaire: “Choreographed on him by God”

Nureyev, photo © Cecil Beaton

It’s 20 years today since Rudolf Nureyev died at Notre Dame du Perpétuel Secours hospital in Paris. The time of

The Royal Ballet tour of Australia, 1958: the launch of a photographer’s career and the debut of a swan

Lynn Seymour, Royal Ballet, 1958, photo Norm Danvers, courtesy State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library, Australian Photographic Agency - 05948

Today, when a ballet company goes on an international tour, the dancers are lucky to spend a couple of weeks

Colin Peasley’s golden years with the Australian Ballet

Colin Peasley, photographer unknown

We knew it was coming but today, Colin Peasley announced that he would retire from the Australian Ballet at the