Tag Archives: Robert Helpmann

The Royal Ballet tour of Australia, 1958: the launch of a photographer’s career and the debut of a swan

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”

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

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

Beauty past and present

These Kenneth Rowell costume designs for the Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty brought back memories of the production’s premiere at the

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

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

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

The joys and horrors of naked dancing

There’s a very funny story in The Guardian this week by Judith Mackrell on naked dancing. The hook for the

Helpmann’s last move on the chessboard

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

When Princess Margaret met Rudi, Margot, Peggy, and Bobby

It’s London, December 1965, and Princess Margaret with arrives with Lord Snowdon to see the Australian Ballet perform Raymonda, with