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Papers of Robert Helpmann, 1933-1986 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2901045
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1933-1986] 
3.5 m. (23 vols.) + 3 boxes. 
Summary

The papers provide a record of Helpmann's artistic career from the age of twenty three. There are personal diaries, 1950-1986; scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, invitations, and theatre programs arranged chronologically by theatrical production 1933-1982; press cuttings 1977-1986 about films, ballet and the Arts generally; and photographs. The papers cover his association with the Australian, Sadler's Wells and Vic-Wells Ballets, and with actors and dancers including Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Sir Laurence Olivier and Alicia Markova.

Biography/History

Dancer, choreographer, and actor. Robert Helpmann was born in South Australia in 1909, and died at the age of 77 in 1986. He danced with Anna Pavlova during her Australian tour in 1926 before joining J.C. Williamson's company. He was premier danseur with Sadler's Wells 1933-1950. He produced several ballets, choreographed the ballet "Red Shoes", and created "The Display" for the Australian Ballet. He was artistic director of the Australian Ballet from 1965 to 1976.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7161.

Associated materials: Papers of Robert Helpmann, 1960-1986 MS Acc14.115.

Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E367.

Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (7 p.). 
Subjects Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 -- Archives.  |  Actors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1933-1986 
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Actors.
Other authors/contributors Hepburn, Katharine, 1909-  |  Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967  |  Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989  |  Markova, Alicia, Dame, 1910-2004  |  Sadler's Wells Ballet  |  Australian Ballet  |  Old Vic Theatre (London, England)

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