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Kenneth Gillespie interviewed by Lee Christofis [sound recording]
Bib ID 4279247
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Gillespie, Kenneth, 1929-2010, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2008 
2 sound files (ca. 186 min.) 
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Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

Kenneth Gillespie talks about his early childhood and parents; early experiences of the arts; the decision to move to Melbourne and training with Xenia Borovansky, his classes; Edouard Borovansky; joining the Borovansky Ballet company, ballets, parts performed and the repetoire; Laurel Martyn; Paul Grinwis; his decision to leave the Borovansky company; moving to London (1952) and first London audition; joining and performing with the Royal Ballet (Sadler's Wells Ballet); Margot Fonteyn; working on Frederick Ashton's restaging of Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet; dancing with the London Festival Ballet and the Royal Ballet; female dancers he admired; joining and performing in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in America, his favourite role and dancing partners; his roles in ballets created by the Diaghilev company; the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo company and the repertoire he performed with the company; returning to Australia (1960) and setting up a Ballet school; staging school performances; dancing with the Ballet Guild and performances for television; the dance scene in Tasmania; his family and marriages; outstanding students; his Russian and Greek retreats; moving from Tasmania to Sydney; a dance celebration in Tasmania; his health and some final reflections.

Notes

Recorded on January 5, 2008 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Related Material Kenneth Gillespie photograph collection, ca. 1933-1960; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/12585/1-6 LOC Box PIC/12585 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 61 leaves) 
Subjects Gillespie, Kenneth, 1929-2010 -- Interviews.  |  Borovansky Ballet.  |  Royal Ballet (Great Britain)  |  Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Dance teachers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Choreographers -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Choreographers.
Other authors/contributors Christofis, Lee, 1948-, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 5908 (transcript)
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