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Peggy van Praagh

Dame Peggy van Praagh gives the company a new version of Coppélia with costumes by Kristian Fredrikson.

22 February 1979

Dame Peggy van Praagh dies after a long and debilitating illness.

15 January 1990

Peggy van Praagh becomes artistic director once again and the company gets its first work by Jerome Robbins.

23 November 1977

Kelvin Coe and Marilyn Rowe win silver medals in Moscow.

June 1973

Peggy van Praagh becomes a Dame.

14 June 1970

The company presents its first open-air performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

7 March 1966

Peggy van Praagh commissions a young New Zealander, Kristian Fredrikson, to design the costumes for her new production of Aurora’s Wedding.

March 1964

Marilyn Jones retires from the stage.

19 September 1978

Robert Helpmann assumes sole directorship of the company as Peggy van Praagh relinquishes her position due to ill health.

11 June 1974

The Australian Ballet begins its long association with the Sydney Opera House as Garth Welch says farewell.

7 December 1973

The company jets off on a five-month international tour, which includes London, Paris, Lebanon, LA and Hawaii.

August 1965 – January 1966

Robert Helpmann is appointed co-artistic director of The Australian Ballet after the premiere of his new ballet Yugen.

18 February 1965

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev arrive to guest with The Australian Ballet in Swan Lake and Giselle.

April 1964

The Australian Ballet has its first day of rehearsals in their East Melbourne studios.

3 September 1962

Peggy van Praagh, 1962 On this Saturday, the dancers assemble to sign their contracts and take their first class together.

1 September 1962