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Records of the Ballets Russes in Australia Project, circa 1928-circa 2010 [manuscript]
Bib ID 6159056
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1928-ca. 2010] 
6.75 m. (33 boxes) + 3 fol. boxes. 

MS Acc10.133 comprises records accumulated by the National Library of Australia during the course of research for the Ballets Russes Project. Included are copies of passenger manifests, catalogues, newspaper cuttings, visa documentation and biographical notes on particular members of the Ballets Russes relating to the original tours to Australia in 1936-1937, 1938-1939 and 1939-1940. Contemporary material reflects celebratory events and performances honouring the 70th anniversary of the initial tour and Australian Ballet performances. The focus of the project was the impact and legacy of the visits of the Ballets Russes to Australia, culminating in 2009, the centenary of the foundation of the Ballet by Sergei Diaghilev (33 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).


The Ballets Russes Project was a collaborative partnership between The Australian Ballet, the University of Adelaide and the National Library of Australia. Under the banner "Ballets Russes in Australia: our cultural revolution", the project brought together outstanding creators across disciplines and delved into the environment that gave rise to the Diaghilev phenomenon and saw its legacy take hold in Australia. It comprised performance, research and documentation outcomes making it an innovative project highlighting a rarely recognised conjunction between the performing arts and scholarship.


Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc10.133.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list (13 p.) available in the Special Collections Reading Room. 
Subjects National Library of Australia -- Archives.  |  Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil.  |  Ballet companies -- Australia.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia.  |  Dance -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1928-2010 
Occupation Ballet dancers.
Other authors/contributors Australian Ballet  |  University of Adelaide
Terms of Use Copying of Ballets Russes Project copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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