Tag Archives: The Display

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 –

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

An infinite array of storms, swans and stars

Ella Havelka and Jake Mangakahia in Warumuk, photo © Jeff Busby

In 1996, the last year of her artistic directorship of the Australian Ballet, Maina Gielgud programmed a triple bill of

The first decade: snapshots from the early years of the Australian Ballet

Colin Peasley, Kelvin Coe and Barry Moreland rehearsing in the Australian Ballet studios in 1964, photo © Terry Phelan.

Noel Smith strode into the pit, picked up his baton, and gave the downbeat for the overture. The chatter, the

Australian Ballet reveals its 50th anniversary program

Lucinda Dunn and Robert Curran, Onegin,  photo © Georges Antoni

The Australian Ballet began its life in Sydney at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1962. But 50 years on, Melbourne will