National Library of Australia

You must be logged in to Tag Records
Paul de Masson interviewed by Michelle Potter [sound recording]
Bib ID 5497426
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
De Masson, Paul, 1953-2012, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
5 sound files (ca. 392 min.) 
Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Paul de Masson discusses his family background; his family’s interest in music; education; taking up ballet during high school; teachers and influences; working in the Junior touring company of West Australian Ballet; joining the West Australian Ballet; touring and conditions; his dancing style and technical abilities; dancing classes and studies; joining Disney on Parade; joining the Roland Petit ballet company; joining the London Festival Ballet; returning to Australian and joining the Australian Ballet; recollections of the Australian Ballet and key figures there; the effects of changes in artistic direction at the Australian Ballet; the dancers' strike of 1981; difficulties faced by the Australian Ballet as a touring repertory company; his reasons for leaving the Australian Ballet.

De Masson discusses moving to Switzerland (1989); the Bern Ballet; returning to the Australian Ballet; working as a ballet master; working at the Royal Danish Ballet; working with Singapore Dance Theatre; working with the Hamburg Ballet; marriage; teaching in Japan; various directors, choreographers, artists, performers and productions; roles that he has performed in Australia and internationally; his current teaching and performing career in Melbourne; ballet teaching strategies and methods; buying City Dance Centre in Melbourne and his aspirations for the Centre; reflections on his career path.

Notes

Recorded on 21-23 July 2011 in Melbourne, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 188 leaves) available. 
Subjects De Masson, Paul, 1953-2012 -- Interviews.  |  Australian Ballet -- History.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Dance teachers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Ballet -- Australia -- History.
Other authors/contributors Potter, Michelle, 1944-, Interviewer

In the Library

Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

Details Collect From
ORAL TRC 6328
Copy: Recording
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 6328 (transcript)
Copy: Transcript
Special Collections Reading Room
ORAL TRC 6328 (summary)
Copy: Summary
Special Collections Reading Room

Order a copy

- Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
close Can I borrow items from the Library?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

close What can I get online?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

You can view this on the NLA website.

Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this catalogue contains names and images of deceased people. All users of the catalogue should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.