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Rex Reid interviewed by James Murdoch [sound recording]
Bib ID 2938434
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Reid, Rex, 1921-2000, Interviewee
 
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Description 1986 
4 sound tape reels (ca. 116 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, 2 track, mono. ; 7 in. 
Summary

Reid, ballet dancer and choreographer, speaks about his early exposure to theatre and ballet, his time as a protege of Mrs. Helpmann, his theatrical development in Europe and highlights in Europe during the war years with the Sadlers Wells Ballet, his professional association with Moira Shearer and Miskovitch, his dancing with the Ballet Rambert, training under Olga Preobrajenska in Paris, founding of the National Theatre Ballet and how he became its principal dancer and choreographer, the success of his production Corroboree, his disappointment with the direction of the company following Swan Lake, his return to England in 1951 and his close friendship with Natasha Kirsta. He gives his impressions of Argentina before and after the Peron Revolution, his choreography for Australian television from 1957, his involvement with Ballet Victoria and establishment of the initial Australian Ballet Company and its production of Melbourne Cup, how he established with Kathleen Gorham and Natasha Kirsta a school for Australian Dance Theatre and later the Dance Centre Company and School, his return from Munich after a year to form the West Australian Ballet Company in 1970.

Notes

Recorded on March 14 and 18, 1986 at the Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, S. Aust.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-215764314

Index/Finding Aid Note Corrected transcript available (typescript, 37 leaves) 
Subjects Reid, Rex, 1921-2000 -- Interviews.  |  National Theatre Ballet (St. Kilda, Vic.) -- History.  |  Australian Ballet -- History.  |  West Australian Ballet Company -- History.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Television and the arts -- Australia -- History.  |  Ballet companies -- Western Australia -- History.
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Choreographers.
Other authors/contributors Murdoch, James, 1930-2010, Interviewer

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