Wednesday, 5 December 2012

50th Anniversary of The Australian Ballet

 
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The Australian Ballet is notable for its classical and contemporary dance repertoire, and for the versatility, technical skill and warmth that its dancers bring to performances.
They  marks 50 years in an illustrious history as Australia's premier ballet company .
 
Pay attention to  their anniversary, Australia Post issued a set of two single stamps features the ballet performances on October 16, 2012.
The Australian Ballet was formed in 1962 under the guidance of founding artistic director Peggy van Praagh. 


Peggy van Praagh  introduced two key initiatives during her tenure: a ballet school, which opened under the direction of Margaret Scott in 1964, and continuity of employment for the company's dancers.


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The Australian Ballet presents around 200 performances each year in Australia and overseas.

The Australian Ballet's touchstone is "Caring for tradition, daring to be different".

The Australian Ballet's inaugural performance was the classic Swan Lake, which opened at Sydney's Her Majesty's Theatre on 2 November 1962, closely followed by the company's first commissioned work, Rex Reid's Melbourne Cup.


Since 1965,  its 33 tours abroad have compounded its well-earned and enviable reputation on the world stage. (Sources: Australia Post News)
 
 
 











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