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Some of the text in The Australian Ballet timeline is adapted from essays in Luminous. These were written by Valerie Lawson (The Sixties), Jill Sykes (The Seventies), Lee Christofis (The Eighties), Michael Shmith (The Nineties) and Deborah Jones (The New Millennium).
2 November 1962
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).