Dame Peggy van Praagh’s astute artistic direction helped The Australian Ballet flourish following its founding in 1962. She had a high standard of excellence and within three years of its first performance, the company represented Australia at the first Commonwealth Festival of the Arts. This led to its first overseas tour of Europe where it astounded the locals and gained lasting success in the leading ballet capitals of the world. Since then it has performed in the major cities of Europe, the Americas and Asia. Following in the footsteps of Dame Peggy and her collaborative colleague Sir Robert Helpmann from 1976 directors have included Ann Woolliams, Marilyn Jones, Maina Gielgud, Ross Stretton and David McAllister. All these continued the policy of adding to what was a considerable repertoire, including the great nineteenth century classics, the best international ballets and most importantly, commissioning new works by Australian choreographers, musicians and designers.
TagsAnn WooliamsBallet ShoesDame Peggy van PraaghDavid McAllisterMaina Gielgud Ross StrettonMarilyn JonesSir Robert HelpmannThe Australian Ballet
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