Tag Archives: Michel Fokine

Neumeier’s Nijinsky: A reflection of both the dancer and the choreographer

Alexandre Riabko, Nijinsky, Hamburg Ballet, photo ©  Erik Tomasson

The ballet Nijinsky isn’t a chronological narrative of the dancer’s life, but depicts elements of his life as he remembers

Sono Osato, a woman of mystery, magic and courage, who survived racism, and the slings and arrows of working for Colonel de Basil

Sono Osato, Roman Jasensky and two other dancers from the Original Ballet Russe, Sydney, New Year's Eve, 1939, photo © Gordon Short

A serendipitous chain of events this month began when a Sydney Morning Herald columnist asked for help with an article

“Thank you, dear Lucia”: American Ballet Theatre celebrates 75 years

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Two years before the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor in December 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt began to

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

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,

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