Tag Archives: Ninette de Valois

Australia and Coppelia, the boomerang ballet

Adeline Genée as Swanilda in Coppelia

Coppelia has a unique place in the history of dance in Australia even though the ballet has a multinational history.

Laurel Martyn, once a dancer, always a dancer

Laurel Martyn as Odette in Swan Lake, 1944, photo © Ronald Esler

As a child in the 1920s, Laurel Martyn saw Anna Pavlova dance in Brisbane. Of course she found Pavlova’s performances

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 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

Helpmann: “I like to be head of everything”

Katharine Hepburn and Robert Helpmann at Kingsford Smith Airport, 1955, Australian Photographic Agency, courtesy  State Library of NSW, call number - 00175

His first and most adoring fan was his mother. One day she found a pile of old newspapers on the

The Fonteyn Follies of ’62

Front row, l to r: Ronald Emblen, Annette Page, Bryan Ashbridge. Back row, l to r: Margot Fonteyn, Brian Shaw, Maryon Lane, David Blair

With the men in miniscule swimming costumes, and the women dressed modestly in summer shirts and cotton trousers, Margot Fonteyn

Helpmann’s last move on the chessboard

Robert Helpmann as the Red King

In 1986, Robert Helpmann was in hospital suffering from emphysema when the Australian Ballet’s artistic director, Maina Gielgud, and ballet

De Valois, the black queen

Ninette de Valois in 1920, Bassano studios

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Ninette de Valois, the founder of the Royal Ballet, and,

Bassano studio

Adeline Genee 1916

Long before Maurice Seymour in Chicago and Max Dupain in Sydney and Melbourne glamourised ballet dancers for the benefit of