The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
Supporting the Arts in Australia by Australians and for Australians since 1954.


Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet was established, in partnership with J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd, in 1962 by the Trust under the artistic direction of English dancer and administrator, Dame Peggy Van Praagh. The company gave its debut performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on 2 November, 1962.

Following a successful Commonwealth tour in 1962 and 1963, Robert Helpmann was commissioned to create an original work for the company 1964.  The result was The Display with a score by Malcolm Williamson and designs by Sydney Nolan. In the same year, the Australian Ballet School was also founded as a professional training academy for dancers to help nurture home-grown talent.

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Australian Ballet Margot Fonteyn Trust News 1975 Australian Ballet

Lucette Aldous Interview 1974

Interview with Prima Ballerina, Lucette Aldous, 1974