US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.
During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet Red Detachment of Women. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the 22nd of February, 1972.
Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.
This 1950s image shows dancers of the Borovansky Ballet in the snow scene from The Nutcracker. The company, created by Czech immigrant Edouard Borovansky and his wife Xenia in the 1940s, was used as the basis for The Australian Ballet, which was founded in 1962.