The Australian Women’s Weekly ran a feature on a ballet production of Anna Karenina on the 17th of October, 1979.
Featured is ballerina Marilyn Rowe, who would go on to run The Australian Ballet School from 1998 to 2014.
The costume in the main picture is one we hired for a production of Robert Ray’s Cinderella in 1992 (in the image below).
It was worn by one of the “ugly sisters” – a little bit of a change from its original purpose!
On the 21st of August, 1979 Soviet ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defected to the United States. His defection took place during a Bolshoi Ballet tour to New York City.
A childhood classmate of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Godunov was one of the Bolshoi’s star dancers, and the gold medal winner at the 1973 Moscow International Ballet Competition.
He was also a known actor in the USSR.
Godunov was married to a company soloist at the time of his defection, though his wife did not defect with him.
He went on to become a principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre until he had a falling out with Baryshnikov, after which he toured internationally and became a known actor in Hollywood.
Godunov was found dead in his home in May, 1995.
I want to say something about John Wayne’s career… but I just can’t.
On the 11th of June, this Oscar-winning right-wing extremist died of cancer at age seventy-two.
A man who turned down major film roles for not being ‘patriotic enough’ he was a bit of a, well, let’s say he was a tosser.
He might be remembered as an icon by many, but when I hear his name, I remember that he said things like this:
“I believe in white supremacy, until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people … I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from [the Native Americans] … Our so-called stealing of this country from them was just a matter of survival. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.”
Between him and Sean Connery, I really have to wonder what’s wrong with people. Why are we still idolising this type of person?