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Papers of Lee Christofis, 1962-2012 [manuscript]
Bib ID 5807957
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Christofis, Lee, 1948-
 
Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1962-2012] 
0.30 m. (2 boxes) 
Summary

MS Acc10.134 comprises the Installation manual and Education kit for the National Library of Australia touring exhibition "Dance People Dance". The collection includes an article by the exhibition curator, Michelle Potter, titled "Dance People Dance" published in the April 1997 issue of National Library of Australia news (p. 17-21) (1 box).

MS Acc13.154 comprises "Joanie & Vass'', by Gayle R. Potter, (a history with pictures of Australian Ballet dancers Joan Potter and Vassilie Trunoff); correspondence, including from Anna French and Peter Saunders; South American Ballets Russes material from Tatiana Leskova; 'Would That I Could' - a CD of creative work by Irina Kuzminsky; photographs; 'The Pilgrim of Truth', by Eileen Kramer; and working notes by Christofis on the Grahame Garner pictorial collection (1 box).

Biography/History

Dancer, early childhood educator, lecturer and dance curator. Lee Christofis was born in Brisbane and trained as a dancer with the Queensland Ballet. He became the first male graduate of the Brisbane Kindergarten Teachers College in 1976 and the first male to work in and direct a child care centre in Australia. He was vice president of the Australian Dance Council (Ausdance) and lectured in dance history, and arts criticism and management at the University of Melbourne. He also wrote on dance for The Australian and other publications, and was a broadcaster for ABC Radio arts and music programs.

Christofis was appointed curator of dance at the National Library of Australia in 2006. The National Library of Australia exhibition, "The Ballets Russes in Australia 1936-1940", examined the impact on Australian culture of the visits by the three Ballets Russes companies directed by Col. Wassily de Basil, and the beginnings of professional ballet in Australia. In conjunction with the exhibition Christofis produced and presented the series, "The astonishing Ballets Russes" for the ABC in 2009. He has conducted a number of oral history interviews for the National Library's performing arts collection. Christofis retired from the National Library of Australia in 2013. Christofis received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance in 2009, and the Victorian Inaugural Multicultural Award for Services to the Community in 2001.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.134, MS Acc13.154.

Subjects Christofis, Lee, 1948- -- Archives.  |  National Library of Australia -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  National Library of Australia -- Exhibitions.  |  Ballet historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Dance -- Australia -- Exhibitions.
Time Coverage 1962-2012 
Occupation Curators.  |  Oral history interviewers.  |  Dancers.  |  Arts administrators.  |  Ballet historians.
Other authors/contributors Potter, Michelle, 1944-  |  National Library of Australia

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