Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cats, costs and curiosities

On stage: a white rabbit, a caterpillar, a very small mouse, a fish and a frog. And of course a

Catherine the burlesque queen

A recently digitised photo of Catherine Bartho, billed as “the first Russian ballerina” to visit Australia, has led me to

Pina in 3D

A new 3D film on Pina Bausch, directed by Wim Wenders has premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will

Elaine Fifield, the first Butterfly

This month’s reprisal of Madame Butterfly by the Australian Ballet evokes memories of the late Australian ballerina, Elaine Fifield. The


A ballet moment – they don’t come so often but when they come ‘they come not single spies, but in

Bassano studio

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

Tragic heroines

One lives in Verona, the other in Nagasaki. One is cared for by her nurse, the other by her maid,

Ballets Russes film found

Very close to the close of the Victoria & Albert’s Diaghilev exhibition in London, the curator, Jane Pritchard, has uncovered