On this day…

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.

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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!

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Dancers of The Australian Ballet demonstrating outside the Canberra Theatre, October 1970.

Australian Ballet dancers outside the theatre in in Canberra’s city centre in October, 1970. The protests eventually gave way to a strike. The dancers were successful in causing an overhaul of the pay structure.

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Dancers of The Australian Ballet demonstrating outside the Canberra Theatre, 1970.