Tatiana Riabouchinska and Roman Jasinsky in Les Dieux mendiants (The Gods go a-begging), between Nov 1938-Aug 1940 / photograph by Max Dupain
Note: From 1936-1941, three tours by the beautful young dancers of the Russian Ballet astonished Australian audiences with modern dance. Box office records were broken as the theatre was filled every night for long seasons, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Avant gard photographer Max Dupain, captured them in studio and theatre photographs, and the negatives are held by the State Library of New South Wales. These ballet tours established ballet in Australia and helped to lead to the creation of the Australian Ballet some years after the War.
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