2 November 1962


  • Program for Swan Lake, 1962

    Program for Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Sonia Arova in Swan Lake, 1962

    Sonia Arova in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Erik Bruhn in Swan Lake, 1962

    Erik Bruhn in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Swan Lake, 1962

    Artists of The Australian Ballet in Peggy Van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Sonia Arova in Swan Lake, 1962

    Sonia Arova and Artists of The Australian Ballet in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Erik Bruhn in Swan Lake, 1962

    Erik Bruhn in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Leon Kellaway and Erik Bruhn in Swan Lake, 1962

    Leon Kellaway and Erik Bruhn in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962

  • Karl Welander in Swan Lake, 1962

    Karl Welander in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962. Photo Darryl Smythe

  • Karl Welander and Kathleen Geldard in Swan Lake, 1962

    Karl Welander and Kathleen Geldard in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962. Photo Darryl Smythe

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    Artists of The Australian Ballet in Peggy van Praagh's Swan Lake, 1962. Photo Darryl Smythe

The first performance by the fledgling company is Peggy van Praagh’s production of Swan Lake at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney. “It’s a terrifying night for us,” van Praagh tells a reporter. The principal roles are danced by Erik Bruhn, star of The Royal Danish Ballet, and Sonia Arova, a Bulgarian ballerina (and his former fiancée).







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