Dancing under the Southern Skies

A History of Ballet in Australia

Valerie Lawson

A history of Ballet in Australia by a leading Arts writer. The author explores the influence of renowned touring troupes like Les Ballet Russes and international stars including Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn. Richly illustrated.
Publication date:
February 2020
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ISBN : 9781925588743

Dimensions : 240 X 210 mm
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• First comprehensive history of Ballet in Australia
• Australian Ballet highly regarded internationally
• Emerging Indigenous Australian dance described
• Handsome edition with colour plates
• Author a leading Arts writer

A vivid narrative history of Ballet in Australia, Valerie Lawson's ‘Dancing Under the Southern Skies' goes far beyond what audiences see on stage to reveal what has been behind the red velvet curtain. The lives of the dancers who toured to Australia, among them Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn, and of those who stayed and of those who created companies in Australia, are presented in a fascinating mosaic of interviews, letters and personal stories from dancers, directors, producers, impresarios and critics. Lawson also paints portraits of those who influenced Australian culture over nine decades, among them Laurence Olivier, Edouard Borovansky, Peggy van Praagh, Paul Keating and Graeme Murphy, and tells how the nation escaped from cultural dependence on Britain, fell in love with ballet troupes from the Soviet Union, and then watched the birth of the Australian Ballet, the Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra (Indigenous) Dance Theatre and many other dance companies.