Tag Archives: Robert Helpmann

The Australian Ballet’s 2018 tent pole: Spartacus reinvented for the 21st century

The Australian Ballet's Spartacus poster, 1978

In any ballet season there’s always a big show, a premiere, a hook that adds that extra bit of excitement

Vale Bryan Lawrence, the English dancer handpicked for the Australian Ballet by Peggy van Praagh and Robert Helpmann

Bryan Lawrence, Melbourne Cup, Australian Ballet, 1967, photo ©  Keith Byron

When Bryan Lawrence was a ballet student training in London, he once jumped so high that he felt “wonderful –

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,

The Australian Ballet’s 2015 season

Amber Scott, The Sleeping Beauty, photo © Justin Ridler

The centerpiece of the Australian Ballet’s 2015 season is a new Sleeping Beauty, directed by the artistic director, David McAllister

Peter Sculthorpe: The sun, the earth, and Ned Kelly

Kelvin Coe, Sun Music, 1968, The Australian Ballet, photo © Geoffrey Hales

Graeme Murphy was 18 when Robert Helpmann choreographed Sun Music for the Australian Ballet in 1968. Helpmann’s work “was an

Awakening a new Beauty with a gift of money

Miranda Coney, Lisa Bolte, Kathy Heathcote and Maina Gielgud with the Queen after the Royal Gala Performance of The Sleeping Beauty, 1988, photo © Desmond O'Neill

A new production of The Sleeping Beauty will be the centrepiece of the Australian Ballet’s repertoire next year. Premiering in

The Big 40 for Don Quixote and the Friends of the Australian Ballet

Lucette Aldous and Rudolf Nureyev, Don Quixote, 1973

The Friends of the Australian Ballet NSW is marking its 40th year with a special screening in Sydney of the

The class of ’48, presented by Helpmann at his most “British”

Elaine Fifield,  circa 1951

A dancelines’ reader has asked if anyone can identify Elaine Fifield among the dancers in the second video below. She

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