Monthly Archives: March 2011

Valrene, before the Ballets Russes

Last week, at the State Library of New South Wales, I discovered this sweet photograph of a very young Valrene

Bonachela to sign new contract at SDC

The board of Sydney Dance Company has extended the term of its artistic director, Rafael Bonachela, for a further three

Isobel Anderson, a lifetime of dance

For a dancer’s parents, all that watching and waiting is like a long haul flight. Nothing happens and nothing happens

Giselle in 3D

Three extraordinary performances more than made up for the unique but odd experience of watching a 19th century romantic ballet

Mary Poppins, please turn out your toes

Mary Poppins started her life as peg doll. But it wasn’t long before the wooden body with a wooden expression

Ballet bullying

The English National Ballet, subject to financial stresses, has offered itself up as a subject for a BBC4 documentary, The

Tatiana Riabouchinska

Robert Woodley, a librarian who works in the pictures section at the Mitchell Library in Sydney was the first to

Alison’s moment in Dupain’s spotlight

Within the vast collection of Max Dupain’s dance photographs at the State Library of New South Wales is a sub

De Valois, the black queen

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

Cubans defect

Five dancers from Ballet Nacional de Cuba have defected in Canada after the company performed there last month. Among them