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Robert Helpmann


Robert Helpmann invites Colin Peasley to join the ballet staff.

16 December 1975

Noel Pelly, an original member of the The Australian Ballet’s staff, retires.

30 November 1991

The premiere of Robert Helpmann’s Perisynthion, a companion to his Sun Music.

21 March 1974

Anne Woolliams becomes artistic director and introduces John Cranko’s Onegin to the repertoire.

1 September 1976

Peggy van Praagh becomes a Dame.

14 June 1970

Rudolf Nureyev dies.

6 January 1993

Robert Helpmann rises from his hospital bed to play the role of the frail, beleaguered Red King in Checkmate.

6 May 1986

The Merry Widow, the first full-length work commissioned by The Australian Ballet, has its world premiere in Melbourne.

13 November 1975

British choreographer Gillian Lynne arrives to create The Australian Ballet’s first TV commission.

October 1975

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

Helpmann invites Frederick Ashton to perform in the Australian premiere of Ashton’s Cinderella.

17 March 1972

Robert Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev make Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote into a film starring The Australian Ballet.

December 1972 – January 1973

The company embark on a 17-city, 69-performance, 10-week tour of the USA.

December 1970 – March 1971

The Australian premiere of Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote in Adelaide.

28 March 1970