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Hugh P. Hall collection of photographs, 1938-1940 [picture] / Hugh P. Hall
Bib ID 3886152
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
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Hall, Hugh P
 
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Description 1938-1940 
1,156 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm. 
Summary

Collection of photographs taken by Hugh P. Hall of 30 ballet productions performed by the Covent Garden Russian Ballet (toured Australia 1938-1939) and the Original Ballet Russe (toured Australia 1939-1940). These are the second and third of the three Ballets Russes companies which toured Australasia between 1936 and 1940. The photographs were taken from a seat in the circle of His Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne and mounted on cardboard for display purposes. For conservation and storage, the photographs have been demounted. The original arrangement of the photographs has been recorded, and details are available from the Pictures Branch of the National Library.

Biography/History

Hugh P Hall was raised in Melbourne, attending Caulfield Grammar and then the University of Melbourne where he studied law. On completing his degree, he enrolled at the National Gallery School to pursue his interest in painting. His father's early death, however, precipitated him taking on business and family responsibilities, embarking on his professional career as a solicitor. While this remained his lifelong profession, his continued passion for the arts saw him develop a strong interest in photography as well as maintaining his interest in other areas of visual art. Hall's interest in dance photography was kindled during Pavlova's Australian tours of 1926 and 1929. His photographs of the Ballets Russes performances in the late 1930s provide an invaluable insight into the de Basil companies' tours, and were the subject of two very successful exhibitions at the time. Hall also documented the Borovansky, Kirsova and Rambert companies.

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Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144725486

Subjects Covent Garden Russian Ballet -- Performances -- Photographs.  |  Original Ballet Russe -- Performances -- Photographs.  |  His Majesty's Theatre (Melbourne, Vic.) -- Photographs.  |  Ballet -- Australia -- Photographs.  |  Ballet dancers -- Photographs.  |  Ballets Russes in Australia.
Occupation Ballet dancers

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