Title Details

Spotlight on Australian Ballet

The history of ballet in Australia until the late 1940s.
Year : 1948 | Total Duration : 50 Minutes |
Director : Doc K Sternberg |
Opening titles.
Access No. 124818 | 45 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Curtain of theatre opens. Ballerinas on stage in white tutus, possibly Borovansky Ballet.
Access No. 124840 | 1 min 21 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Feet of people on gangplank as they arrive on ship. Theatre signposts Royal, Comedy, His Majesty's, Princess'. Paging through scrapbook of newspaper clippings of Australian tours and photographs of ballerinas including Anna Pavlov, the Russian Ballet. Helene Kirsova photograph in clippings. Billboards.
Access No. 124841 | 1 min 5 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Feet of man walking through Botanical Gardens and down steps. Young girl practicing. Man chats to mother with two daughters under tree. CU feet of dancers at the barre, with ballet mistress, VS practice, black leotards, CU pointed toes. Young girls in white tutus practicing in line and on floor. Small girls skipping, woman at piano, at barre.
Access No. 124842 | 4 mins 25 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Exterior Public Library of New South Wales. Woman fingering through card catalogues, making notes from books. Application for the Royal Academy of Dancing. Two young women in park looking at ballet books. Girl looking out to sea, at seagulls, raises her arms as if to dance. Ballerina in black leotard practicing in front of mirror.
Access No. 124843 | 1 min 47 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Farewell to ship with ticker tape. Sign for Misha Burlako, First Australian Ballet School of Ballet. Young women entering building. Practices on floor. Record player. Young men and women practicing. Painting scenery, record playing. Practice. Measuring and making costumes. Older women in audience say how do you do. Amateur ballet performances, good shots of small girls in audience
Access No. 124844 | 4 mins 13 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Water lilies on lake. Two young women dancing on banks. Young men and women rehearsing. Helene Kirsova and Edouard Borovansky ballet. Arthur Fleischmann, set designer with stage model. Daryl Lindsay ballet designer working with dummy. Laurel Martyn choreographer from Ballet Guild working with ballet dancers. CU's faces of dancers. Ballet performance on stage, good shots audience clapping . Pianist, CU's hands playing. Ballerina in tutus. Man sketching.
Access No. 124845 | 5 mins 34 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Drawing of ballerina, paging through ballet programmes from early 1940's. Good shot queue people. Paging through scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Madame Kirvosa's Russian Ballet School. Good shot women working - on conveyor belt, at typewriter, in tea room, punching bundy cards to clock on. Ballerinas in line practicing pas de deux? Women with tea tray, at typewriter and at conveyor belt practicing ballet.
Access No. 124848 | 2 mins 4 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Programmes for ballets paged through, photographs. Ballet performance in medieval costume. Bodenwieser Ballet, modern dance on stage. MORE PROGRAMMES, DANCING TO BlUE DANUBE. Young WOMEN ARRIVE AT THEATRE. VS PRACTICE / REHEARSAL WITH BALLET MASTER. Ballet DANCERS COLLECTING PAY PACKETS. FITTING AND MAKING OF BALLET SHOES. Women making ballet dresses, many layers.
Access No. 124849 | 7 mins 11 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Preparations for performance of Swan Lake. Young women putting on stage make up and dressing. Curtain call by man. Ballet dancers run behind stage. Seamstress makes hurried alterations. Behind curtain, lights, orchestra prepares. Behind scenes as lights prepared, pulley lifting curtain. Performance with white tutus. Harpist, conductor, main couple on stage. Behind stage, in dressing room, scenery changed. Performance. More shots behind scenes.
Access No. 124850 | 8 mins 30 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Edouard Borovansky, applying theatrical make up including wig and painted mustache. Performance on stage. Others watching from behind scenes. Curtain falls. Various sculpture and paintings of ballet in gallery. Daryl Lindsay portfolio opened and sketches of ballerinas revealed. CU's paintings. Theatre sets prepared. Paging through music score.
Access No. 124851 | 3 mins 36 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Man (John Antill) walking through Australian bush, sits on rock. Aboriginal men in masks at corroboree. Man sketching. John Antill , composer writing score for Cooroboree. Paintings . Paging through ballet programmes. CU on typewriter keys and fingers on typewriting keys. Story by Tom Rush...? Melody by Esther Row.? at piano, writing music. Sets by William Constable Drawing layout on set canvas, Painting backdrop. Stage set. Stage performance of Australian ballet.
Access No. 124852 | 5 mins 27 secs | 1940s | © NFSA Restricted | B&W |
Various shots shown in programme previously, CU's ballet dancers practicing etc. On stage, ballerinas in white tutus dancing. Curtain falls. Borovansky Ballet: Edouard Borovansky, Edna busse, Tamam Tchinarova, Kathleen Gorham, Phyllis Kennedy, Mara North, Serge Bousloff, Martin Rubenstein, Vassile Trunoff. Ballet Guild: Laurel Martyn, Corrie Lodders, StrelsaHeckelman, Noel Murray, Grace McLean, Lesley Sexton, Max Collis.Bodenweiser Ballet: Moya Beaver School of Ballet, Frances scully School of Dancing, Elizabeth Weiner School. Writers & Designers: Loudan Sainthill, Len Annois, Norman Bicknell, Alan McCulloch, Harold Vike. Aslo Margaret Sutherland, Dorian Le Gallienne
Access No. 124853 | 1 min 15 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |