Notable Productions

Additional sources

Bibliography

  • Ballets Russes in Australia Symposium, Adelaide, 2008
  • Ballets Russes programs, J.C. Williamson Ltd., 1939–1940
  • Robert Bell, Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume, National Gallery Australia, 2010
  • Alexandre Benois, Reminiscences of the Russian Ballet, Putnam, 1945
  • Alan Brissenden & Keith Glennon, Australia Dances: creating Australian dance, 1945-1965, Wakefield Press, 2010
  • Mark Carroll (ed), Ballets Russes in Australia and Beyond, Wakefield Press, 2011
  • Mary Clarke & David Vaughan (eds), Encyclopedia of Dance and Ballet, Pitman Publishing, 1977
  • Francis Gadan & Robert Moilland (eds), Dictionary of Modern Ballet, Methuen & Company, 1959
  • Hugh P. Hall, Ballet in Australia from Pavlova to Rambert, Georgian House, 1948
  • Robert Lawrence, Victor Book of Ballets and Ballet Music, Simon Schuster, 1950
  • Valerie Lawson, Dancing under the Southern Skies: a history of ballet in Australia, Australian Scholarly, 2019
  • Norman Macgeorge, Borovansky Ballet in Australia and New Zealand, Cheshire Pty. Ltd., 1946
  • Edward H. Pask, Ballet in Australia: the second act, Oxford University Press, 1982
  • Jane Pritchard (ed), Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929, Victoria & Albert, 2010
  • Frank Salter, Borovansky: the man who made Australian Ballet, Wildcat Press, 1980
  • Maurice Seymour, Ballet 101 Photographs (proof pages), 1948
  • Frank Van Straten, National Treasure: the story of Gertrude Johnson and the National Theatre, Victoria Press, 1994
  • Tribute to Edouard Borovansky program, The Australian Ballet, 1980

Programs

The National Library of Australia, Canberra, has digitized a collection of 212 theatre programs and ephemera relating to the the three tours by the Ballets Russes to Australia, 1936-1940, https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-61018475

The company's first tour, 1936-1937, was called Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet or The Monte Carlo Russian Ballet. The second company in 1938-1939 was called the Covent Garden Russian Ballet. And the third, 1939-1940, was known variously as the Colonel W. de Basil's Covent Garden Ballet, Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Company and The Original Ballet Russe.

 

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Galleries

The Ballets
The Ballets Russes

The Ballets

Le Beau Danube: four images. Photos by Hugh P. Hall. Hugh P. Hall collection of photographs, 1938–1940, National Library of Australia, Canberra. Constantin Guys: a typical example of his work: A carriage in London, 1848–56. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New…
The Personalities
The Ballets Russes

The Personalities

Colonel de Basil (far left) and members of the Original Ballet Russe meeting Edouard Borovansky and his students and dancers, 1940. Photo by S. Alston Pearl, Melbourne. Geoffrey Ingram archive of Australian ballet, National Library of Australia, Canberra.…

Additional Information

Picture References

Scene from Le Beau Danube, Geoffrey Ingram archive of Australian ballet, PIC P348/BR/179 LOC Album 810/6 National Library of Australia, Canberra Hugh P. Hall collection of photographs, 1938–1940, https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144725486 Geoffrey Ingram archive of…

Additional sources

Bibliography Ballets Russes in Australia Symposium, Adelaide, 2008 Ballets Russes programs, J.C. Williamson Ltd., 1939–1940 Robert Bell, Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume, National Gallery Australia, 2010 Alexandre Benois, Reminiscences of the Russian…

Filmography

Filmography ‘Ballet Russes’, 2005 (director: Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine)https://zeitgeistfilms.com/film/balletsrusses ‘Boro’s Ballet—the making of Australian Ballet’ Screensound Australia, 2001 (director: Sally Jackson, Michelle…