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DESCRIPTIVE LISTING

 

Tour 1. First Australasian Tour of Colonel W. De Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, October 1936-July 1937

    Dancers - as listed in Cast lists

  • Ballerinas - Helene Antonova, Valentina Blinova, Irina Bondireva, Nathalie Branitzka, Mona Dimidova, Mira Dimina (Madeleine Parker), Helene Ducrailova, Nina Golovina, Margot Guerard (Mary Garina), Vanda (or Wanda) Grossen, Xenia Kalinowska, Helene Kirsova, Marija (or Moussia) Korjinska, Vera Lipska, Tatiana Mouravieva, Nina Natova, Helene Polouchina, Nina Raievska, Lilia (or Lelia) Roussova, Anna Severska, Anna Skarpa (or Anna Skarova), Elisabeth Souvorova (Betty Scorer), Tamara Tchinarova, Maria Valevska, Olga Valevska, Irina Vassilieva, Sonia Woizikowska, Nina Youchkevitch
  • Male dancers - Savva Andreieff, Thomas Armour, Jean Aykoff, Valentine Baline, Birger Bartholin, Jashf Crandall (Joseph Crandall), Joseph (or Jash or Jashf) Dolotine, Alexis Frank, Valentin Froman, Roland Guerard, Jean (or Jan) Hoyer, Milos Ristic, Ivan (or Vania or Jean) Rykoff, Valery Shaevsky, Thadee Slavinsky, Arnold Spirka, Dmitri Tovaroff, Serge Unger (or Serge Ungern), Serge Vladimiroff, Marjan Winter, Igor Yousskevitch, Leon Woizikowsky
  • Ballerinas appearing briefly - Jean Brandon, Edna Brusse, Cherlova (Melbourne, 1937), Peggy Chauncey (Petrova), Patricia Cape, Jean Edwards, E. Georgieva, Joan Hope, Anne Mackentosh (Anne Chloe Elder), Marianne Martin, Mourova, Lindsay Shaw, Alexandra Stepanova
  • Male dancer appearing briefly - Vassilie Trunov

    Dance staff

  • Choreographer - Leon Woizikowsky
  • Maitre de ballet/Regisseur-General - Leon Woizikowsky
  • Regisseur/Assistant Regisseur - Jean Hoyer

    Music staff

  • Principal conductor - Jascha Horenstein
  • Associate conductor/musical director - Ivan Clayton

    Management

  • Director - Jacques Lidji
  • Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet -Founder and Director General - Col. W. de Basil
  • Colonel de Basil's representative - Alexander Philippov
  • Liaison officer - Arnold Haskell

        General tour publications

            Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo (Col. W. de Basil's) Ltd. : Australia and New Zealand, season 1936-1937.

New York : Nicolas Publishing Co, 1936. [29 p.] : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 31 cm.
A souvenir book issued for the Australasian tour featured a coloured cover of a reproduction of an original design by Ivan Bilibine of five women in Russian regional costume. The book contained a group photo of the company ; portraits of dancers ; synopses to 20 ballets ; 8 pages of colour illustrations of costumes, colour illustrations of scenery for Aurora's wedding, Pulcinella, Scheherazade, Soleil de nuit, L'oiseau de feu, Les cent baisers, Cotillon, Scuola di ballo, Les presages.

            Advertising leaflet

1 leaflet, 11 x 25 cm., cream paper. Name of the company in red. Probably used as signage.

        Adelaide, Theatre Royal, October 13, 1936 - October 28, 1936

            Magazine programmes

Three issues of the Magazine programme were published for the Adelaide season. All have 32 pages and contain stories of 21 ballets, with several biographies of the artists and the company. Portraits of the three principals, some soloists and the baby ballerinas such as Sonia Woizikowska are included. The remainder of the content in the Magazine programmes is theatre gossip, advertisements, etc.
Two of the Magazine programmes contain programs of ballets to be performed in Programs 1-3 and 4-5 respectively. Another issue of the Magazine programme announced the exclusion of Le spectre de la rose. The program of ballets changed twice weekly.

                Magazine programme, Adelaide season, October 13, 1936 - October 28, 1936 (1)

Contains programs 1-3.

                Magazine programme, Adelaide season, October 13, 1936 - October 28, 1936 (2)

As Magazine programme 1, but excludes Spectre de la rose and has minor differences in the illustrations.

                Magazine programme, Adelaide season, October 13, 1936 - October 28, 1936 (3)

Contains programs 4-5.

            Cast lists, Adelaide season, October 13th - October 28th 1936.

In Adelaide Cast lists were not usually included in the Magazine programme.

                October 13 (E), 14 (M and E), 15 (E), 1936

Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le spectre de la rose, La boutique fantasque. "Program 1" as advertised in Magazine programme (1)

                October 16 (E), 17 (M and E), 19 (E), 1936

Overture - Prince Igor (Borodin) Carnaval Scheherazade, Le beau Danube, Le spectre de la rose "Program 2" as advertised together with Program 1 Magazine programme (1)

                October 20 (E), 21 (M and E), 22 (E), 1936

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai) Le lac des cygnes, La boutique fantasque, L'apres midi d'un faun, Prince Igor "Program 3" as advertised together with programs 1 and 2 in Magazine programme (1) .
Separate cast list held for 21 October.

                October 23 (E), 24 (M and E), 26 (E), 1936

Les sylphides, Les presages, Le beau Danube "Program 4" as advertised in Magazine programme (3)

                October 27 (E), 1936

Carnaval, Le mariage d'Aurore, Le beau Danube "Program 5" as advertised with program 4 in Magazine programme (3)

                October 28 (M and E), gala farewell, 1936

Les presages, Le beau Danube, Le mariage d'Aurore Program as advertised in Magazine programme (3)

                October 21, 1936

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai) Le lac des cygnes, L'apres midi d'un faun, La boutique fantasque, Prince Igor

        Melbourne, His Majesty's Theatre, October 31, 1936 - December 22, 1936

            Magazine programme

Two covers were issued for the Melbourne season.
Ballet programs changed weekly on Saturday, however they were not printed in the Magazine programme.
Cast lists provide a statement of the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances usually over various periods, from one to six nights, beginning on Saturday evening.

                Magazine programme, Melbourne Season, October 31 - December 22 1936 1

The first cover for the earlier part of the season has a Baroque couple with a hovering cupid. This issue has 34 p. It includes page length portraits of Woizikowsky, Blinova, Kirsova as well as smaller portraits of other soloists. There are illustrations of scenes from five ballets and articles on the Company's history, and the history of the Russian ballet.

                Magazine programme, Melbourne Season, October 31 - December 22 1936 2

The second cover features a ballerina with a green hat. This larger issue has 46 p. Title page lists the company of 46 members and two conductors. Stories of the ballets are included with several biographies of the artists, company with portraits. Additional ballets such as Fantasie chinois, Casse noisette, La concurrence were advertised but there is little evidence of them being performed.

            Cast lists, Melbourne Season, October 31 - December 22 1936

Cast lists provide a statement of the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances usually over various periods, from one to six nights, beginning on Saturday evening.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                Week commencing Saturday, October 31, 1936 (1)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing Saturday, October 31, 1936 (2)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore
Cast changes

                Week commencing Saturday, November 7, 1936 (1)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Carnaval, Les presages, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing Saturday, November 7, 1936 (2)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Carnaval, Les presages, La boutique fantasque
Cast changes

                Week commencing Saturday evening, November 14, 1936 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka, L'apres- midi d'un faune, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday evening, November 14, 1936 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka, L'apres- midi d'un faune, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday evening, November 21, 1936 (1)

Overture - Oberon (Weber), Scuola di ballo, Le spectre de la rose, L'amour sorcier, Le beau Danube

                Week commencing Saturday evening, November 21, 1936 (2)

Overture - Oberon (Weber), L'amour sorcier, Le spectre de la rose, Scuola di ballo, Le beau Danube
Order changed for remainder of week commencing Monday evening, 23rd November

                Week commencing Saturday, November 28, 1936 (1)

Overture - Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), Cotillon, L'oiseau de feu, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing Saturday, November 28, 1936 (2)

Overture - Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), Cotillon, L'oiseau de feu, Le mariage d'Aurore
Cast changes

                Week commencing Saturday, December 5, 1936 (1)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Les cent baisers, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday, December 5, 1936 (2)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Les cent baisers, Prince Igor
Cast changes

                Tuesday evening, December 8, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Les cent baisers, Prince Igor

                Wednesday afternoon, December 9, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Les cent baisers, Prince Igor

                Wednesday evening, December 9, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Scheherazade
Programme change

                Thursday evening, December 10, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Contes russes
Same as for Wednesday evening except different order of programme

                Friday evening, December 11, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Contes russes
Same as for Thursday evening except for cast changes

                Saturday afternoon, December 12, 1936

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Contes russes, La boutique fantasque
Programme change

                Week commencing Saturday evening, December 12, 1936 (1)

Thamar, Carnaval, Port Said, Petroushka

                Week commencing Saturday evening, December 12, 1936 (2)

Thamar, Carnaval, Port Said, Petroushka

                Saturday evening, December 19, Monday evening December 21, Tuesday afternoon and evening, December 22

Gala programme for the last four performances
Le lac des cygnes, Les presages, Soleil de nuit, Le beau Danube

         Sydney, Theatre Royal, December 26, 1936 - February 26, 1937

            Magazine programmes

One cover of the Magazine programme was used for the Sydney season containing a design by Norman Lindsay of a scene from Scheherazade. Some of the issues include the artist's name on the cover. Many Magazine programmes were issued, each varying slightly regarding articles and advertisements. All issues contain 40 pages. A title page featured the members of the company [between 43-44] and the two conductors. Stories of all ballets performed in Sydney were included as well as biographies and portraits of the principals, some soloists, the baby ballerinas, and the company.
Programs of ballets performed were not printed in the Magazine programme.
Issues of the Magazine programme released prior to the season had a cover of a ballerina on points with an orchestra at her feet. They contained 40 pages and approximately 30% of it was given to the forthcoming JCW attractions, notably the ballet company. They included portraits of Woizikowsky, Blinova and Kirsova and others, introductions to the art of the ballet, biographies of some of the artists and baby ballerinas. Advertised repertoire included The good humoured ladies which was not performed in this season.

                Magazine programme for Sydney season, December 26, 1936-February 26, 1937

            Cast lists, Sydney season, December 26, 1936-February 26, 1937

Cast lists provide a statement of the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various periods, from one to six nights, beginning on Saturday evening.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                Week commencing Saturday, 26 December, 1936(1)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing Saturday, 26 December, 1936 (2)

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing January 2, 1937 (1)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Carnaval, Les presages, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing January 2, 1937(2)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Carnaval, Les presages, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing Saturday evening, January 9, 1937 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Port Said, Le spectre de la rose, Petrouchka

                Week commencing Saturday evening, January 9, 1937 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Port Said, Le spectre de la rose, Petrouchka

                Week commencing Saturday, January 16, 1937 (1)

Overture - Oberon (Weber), Les sylphides, Le beau Danube, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday, January 16, 1937 (2)

Overture - Oberon (Weber), Les sylphides, Le beau Danube, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday evening, January 23, 1937 (1)

Overture - Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), Cotillon, L'oiseau de feu, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing Saturday evening, January 23, 1937 (2)

Overture - Russlan and Ludmilla (Glinka), Cotillon, L'oiseau de feu, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Week commencing Saturday, January 30, 1937 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, L'amour sorcier, Les cent baisers, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing Saturday, January 30, 1937 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, L'amour sorcier, Les cent baisers, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing Saturday, February 6, 1937 (1)

Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, Scuola di ballo, Scheherazade

                Week commencing Saturday, February 6, 1937 (2)

Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, Scuola di ballo, Scheherazade

                Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed (Matinee), February 13, 15, 16, 17, 1937 (1)

Les sylphides, Port Said, Les presages, Prince Igor

                Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed (Matinee), February 13, 15, 16, 17, 1937 (2)

Les sylphides, Port Said, Les presages, Prince Igor

                Wed., Thurs., Fri and Sat. matinee (Feb. 17, 18, 19, 20), 1937

Le lac des cygnes, Port Said, Petrouchka, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday, February 20, 1937 (1)

Thamar, Le spectre de la rose, L'oiseau de feu, Le beau Danube

                Week commencing Saturday, February 20, 1937 (2)

Thamar, Le spectre de la rose, L'oiseau de feu, Le beau Danube

                Gala farewell performance - Friday, February 26, 1937

Carnaval, Port Said, Les presages, La boutique fantasque

        New Zealand, February 1937 - April 1937

            Souvenir programme

                Souvenir programme : Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet

New Zealand, 1937. [Sydney : J.C. Williamson, 1937]. 36 p. : ill., ports. ;28 cm.
The Souvenir programme was issued on glossy paper for the New Zealand tour featuring the Sydney cover by Norman Lindsay as well as a "Behind scenes" design by his brother Daryl Lindsay. The title page lists the forty-two members of the company, and the conductors. Four programs of ballets to be performed were printed in the souvenir book. Also included are a brief history of company, page length portraits of de Basil, Woizikowsky, Blinova, Kirsova, Horenstein as well as smaller portraits of others, and biographies of artists. A centrefold montage of photos is entitled "Scenes and personalities. Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet". Brief summaries of the ballets included.

            Advertising material

                The greatest ballet tour in history! J.C. Williamson Ltd's huge attraction : Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet

1 folded sheet [5 pages] ; 29 cm.
Comprises centrefold taken from the Souvenir programme with some changes. Includes 15 illustrations of rehearsal, portraits, and performances. Advertisement includes a repertoire of a performance in Wanganui Opera House, March 20, 1937, Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore.
Includes Behind scenes design by Daryl Lindsay. A second sketch by him is included as image no.3.

        Brisbane, His Majesty's Theatre, May 8, 1937 - May 27, 1937

            Magazine programme

The cover of the Magazine programme for the Brisbane season contains a design by Norman Lindsay of a scene from Scheherazade. Some of the issues include the artist's name on the cover. A title page featured the members of the company [between 43-44] and the two conductors. Stories of all ballets performed in Brisbane were included as well as biographies and portraits of the principals, some soloists, the baby ballerinas, and the company.
Programs of ballets performed were not printed in the Magazine programme.
Earlier issues held include publicity about the company, stories of the ballets, biographies and portraits of the dancers.

                Magazine programme, Brisbane season, May 8-27, 1937

            Cast lists for Brisbane season, May 8-27, 1937

NB. Season and dates taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366

                May 8, 10, 11, 12 (M and E), 1937

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les sylphides, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore
Not held by NLA

                May 13, 14, 15 (M and E), 17, 18, 1937

Overture - The Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Les cent baisers, Les presages, La boutique fantasque
Not held by NLA

                May 19 (M and E), 20, 21, 22 (M and E), 1937

Overture - Oberon (Weber), Le Lac des cygnes, Soleil de nuit, Port Said, Prince Igor
Not held by NLA

                May 24, 25, 26 (M and E), 1937

Carnaval, Le spectre de la rose, Scuola di ballo, Le beau Danube
Not held by NLA

                May 27, 1937 Gala farewell

Scheherazade, Les sylphides, Le spectre de la rose, Le mariage d'Aurore
Not held by NLA

        Sydney return season, Theatre Royal, May 29, 1937 - June 18, 1937.

            Magazine programmes

Same Magazine programme in style, format, cover, content and advertisements as for the first Sydney season.
Only one cover of the Magazine programme was used for the return Sydney season containing a design by Norman Lindsay of a scene from Scheherazade Some of the issues include the artist's name. Many Magazine programmes were issued, each varying slightly regarding articles and advertisements. Issues contain 40 p. A title page lists the members of the company [between 43-44] and the two conductors. Stories of all ballets performed in Sydney included. Biographies and portraits of the principals, some soloists, the baby ballerinas, and the Company.
Programs of ballets performed were not printed in the Magazine programme.
Issues released prior to the season had a cover of a ballerina on points with an orchestra. They contained 36 pages and approximately 30% devoted to forthcoming JCW attractions, notably the ballet season. They included portraits of Woizikowsky, Blinova and Kirsova and others, introductions to the art of the ballet, biographies of some of the artists including the baby ballerinas.

                Magazine programme, Sydney return season, May 29-June 18, 1937

            Cast lists, Sydney return season, May 29-June 18, 1937.

Cast lists provide a statement of the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances usually over four nights, commencing Saturday and Thursday evenings.
Some Cast lists advertise Max Dupain's photographic exhibition of the artists and the Company: - "The magnificent collection of photographs of members of the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, at present being displayed in the foyer of the Theatre Royal, are from the studio of Max Dupain."
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                Week commencing Saturday, May 29, 1937. Also Monday May 31; Tuesday June 1; and Wednesday June 2 (Matinee) (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Les presages, Le spectre de la rose, Prince Igor

                Week commencing Saturday, May 29, 1937. Also Monday May 31; Tuesday June 1; and Wednesday June 2 (Matinee) (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Les presages, Le spectre de la rose, Prince Igor

                Commencing Wednesday, June 2, 1937. Also Thursday, June 3; Friday June 4; and matinee Sat., June 5

Overture - Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Les cent baisers, L'oiseau de feu, La boutique fantasque

                Week commencing Saturday evening June 5, 1937. Also Monday June 7; Tuesday June 8 and mat., Wed. June 9 (1)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Le beau Danube

                Week commencing Saturday evening June 5, 1937. Also Monday June 7; Tuesday June 8 and mat., Wed. June 9 (2)

Changes to dance order for Contes russes.
Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Les sylphides, Contes russes, Le beau Danube

                Wednesday evening June 9; Thursday evening June 10; Friday evening June 11; Saturday matinee June 12, 1937

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Cotillon, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                June 12, 14, 15, 16 (M), 1937

Carnaval, Scuola di ballo, Le spectre de la rose, Petrouchka
Not held by NLA

                Tuesday evening June 15, 1937

Carnaval, Scuola di ballo, Spectre de la rose, Petrouchka

                June 16, 17, 18 (M), 1937

Les sylphides, Thamar, Port Said, Le beau Danube
Not held by NLA

        Melbourne, His Majesty's Theatre, June 19, 1937 - July 6, 1937

            Souvenir book

J.C.Williamson re-used the ballerina with the green hat as the cover for the Souvenir book for the return Melbourne season. It contains 42 pages with page length portraits of de Basil, Woizikowsky, Blinova, Kirsova and Horenstein. There are smaller portraits of de Basil's representatives, Clayton, the soloists and the baby ballerinas. A title page lists the company of 43 members and two conductors. It includes articles, biographies of some of the artists and stories of the ballets included.

                Souvenir book, Melbourne, His Majesty's Theatre, June 19 - July 6, 1937

            Magazine programmes

Except for the cover for the first program, which used the design by Norman Lindsay of a scene from Scheherazade, as used in the preceding Sydney season, the same two covers used for the first Melbourne season were re-issued for this season. The first of a Baroque couple with a hovering cupid and the second of a ballerina with a green hat. Contents are the same as for the first season.
Programs of ballets performed are not printed in Magazine programme.

                Magazine programme

            Cast lists, Melbourne return season, June 19th, 1937 - July 6th, 1937.

Cast lists provide a statement of the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances usually over a period of four days, with changes on Saturday and Wednesday evenings.
NLA - Some Cast lists held. NB. Season and dates taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366

                June 19, 21, 22, 23 (M), 1937

Le lac des cygnes, Les presages, Le spectre de la rose, Prince Igor

                June 23 (E), 24, 1937

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les cent baisers, L'oiseau de feu, Le beau Danube

                June 25, 26 (M and E), 1937

Les sylphides, Port Said, Le spectre de la rose, La boutique fantasque
Not held by NLA

                June 28, 29, 30 (M), 1937

Carnaval, Scuola di ballo, Petrouchka
Not held by NLA

                Wednesday, June 30th , 1937 at 8 pm ; Thursday, July 1st at 8

Les sylphides, Thamar, Port Said, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Friday, July 2, 1937 at 8 pm

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai) Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, Les presages, Le beau Danube

                July 3, 1937 (M and E)

Overture - Merry wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, Contes russes, Le beau Danube

                Monday July 5, 1937 at 8 pm, Tuesday July 6, 1937 matinee and night (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Monday July 5, 1937 at 8 pm, Tuesday July 6, 1937 matinee and night (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

        Adelaide return season, Theatre Royal, July 7, 1932 - July 14, 1937

            Souvenir book

J.C. Williamson re-issued the cover from the Sydney seasons featuring Norman Lindsay's scene from Scheherazade for this return season with the title:- "Souvenir programme 6d Colonel W. de Basil's Monte Carlo Russian Ballet". It contains 32 pages and includes page length portraits of Woizikowsky, Blinova, Kirsova and smaller portraits of the other soloists, and Ivan Clayton. Biographies of them are also included as well as an article on de Basil by Arnold Haskell and stories of the ballets.
One copy includes Irena Bondireva's signature adjacent to her portrait.

                Souvenir book, Adelaide return season, Theatre Royal, July 7 - 14, 1937

            Magazine programme

No Magazine programmes are held and it is not known whether they were issued in addition to the Souvenir programme for this season.

            Cast lists, Adelaide return season, July 7, 1937 - July 14, 1937

Cast lists provide a statement of the 'Programme' of ballets and casts covering performances usually over various periods, from one to six nights.
NB. Season and dates taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366

                July 7-8, 1937

Les sylphides, Port Said, Contes russes, La boutique fantasque

                July 9, 10 (M), 1937

Thamar, Le spectre de la rose, Scuola di ballo, Prince Igor
Not held by NLA

                Saturday, July 10th, 1937 at 8 pm and Monday 12th, 1937 at 8 pm

Overture - Rosamunde (Schubert), Les cent baisers, Les presages, Le mariage d'Aurore

                Tuesday, July 13th, 1937 at 8 pm

Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, L'amour sorcier, Le beau Danube

                Wednesday matinee, July 14th, 1937 at 2 pm

Carnaval, Soleil de nuit, L'amour sorcier, Le beau Danube

                July 14 (E), 1937

Le lac des cygnes, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore
Not held by NLA

Tour 2. Second Australasian Tour Covent Garden Russian Ballet, September 1938 - April 1939

    Dancers - as listed in Cast lists

  • Ballerinas - Kira Abricossova, Irina Baronova, Irina Bondireva, Alexandra Denisova, Tamara Grigorieva, Vanda Grossen, Irina Kosmovska, Raissa Kouznetsova, Lina Lerina, Ludmila Lvova , June Mackay, Vera Nelidova, Lara Obidenna, Sono Osato, Galina Razoumova, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Lelia Roussova, Maria Sanina, Lisa Serova, Nadia Smirnova, Natasha Sobinova, Kira Strakhova, Tamara Tchinarova, Edna Tresahar, Anna Volkova , Irina Wassilieva, Helene Wolska
  • Male dancers - Gregory Alexandroff, H Algeranoff, Alberto Alonso, Lorand Andahazy, Boris Belsky, Edouard Borovansky, Serge Bousloff, Anton Dolin, Edouard Dzikovsky, Jan Hoyer, Serge Ismailoff , ?Ivanoff, Roman Jasinsky, Marian Ladre, Yura Lazofsky, David Lichine, Narcisse Matouchak, Paul Petroff, Dimitri Rostoff, Borislav Runanine, Simon Semenoff, Yurek Shabelevsky, Valeri Shaivesky, Edouard Sobichevsky, Oleg Tupine, Valentin Zeglovsky

    Dance staff

  • "Ballets by Michel Fokine under his personal supervision"
  • Choreographer - David Lichine
  • Regisseur-General - Serge Grigorieff
  • Assistant Regisseur - Jean Hoyer

    Music staff

  • Principal conductor - Antal Dorati
  • Assistant conductor - Vladimir Launitz
  • Leader of orchestra - Haydn Beck

    Management

  • Educational Ballets Limited - Chairman and Director of Company - Victor Dandre
  • Managing Director - G. Sevastianov
  • Assistant Manager - V. Grigorieff

        Melbourne, His Majesty's Theatre, September 28, 1938 - November 21, 1938

            Magazine programmes

The Magazine programme for the Melbourne season varies from 50 to 54 pages. A sepia photograph cover of a scene from the ballet Francesca da Rimini is used for the season. The contents include "Stories of the ballets", short biographies of "Stars of the ballet" plus conductor Antal Dorati and small publicity paragraphs on the company. Photograph portraits of Irina Baronova, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Anton Dolin, David Lichine, Yurek Shabelevesky, Paul Petroff, Antal Dorati, Tamara Grigorieva, Roman Jasinsky and some group photos of other members of the company.

                Magazine programme, Melbourne season, September 28 - November 21, 1938 (50 pp.)

                Magazine programme, Melbourne season, September 28 - November 21, 1938 (54 pp.)

            Advertising material

                Large advertising brochure for season.

4 page folder. Sepia tone photographs of stars and scenes from the ballets with listing of repertoire, stars, prices and ticket sales.

                Small advertising brochure for part of season, October 6-27

Includes ticket prices, repertoire.

            Cast lists, Melbourne season, September 28, 1938 - November 21, 1938.

Cast lists cover programs of ballets with casts for periods of three nights, occasionally four. The program of ballets changed once a week.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                September 28, 29 (M and E), 30 and October 1 (M), 1938

Overture -Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakoff), Les sylphides, Cendrillon , Le mariage d'Aurore

                October 1, 3, 4 (E), 5 (M and E), 1938

Overture- The Impresario (Mozart), Le lac des cygnes, Symphonie fantastique , Prince Igor

                October 6, 7 (E), 8 (M and E), 1938

Overture -The Impresario (Mozart), Les dieux mendiants, Petrouchka, La concurrence

                October 10, 11 (E), 12 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Fete Poloniase (Chabrier), Jeux d'enfants , Choreartium , Scuola di ballo

                October 13, 14 (E), 15 (M and E), 1938

Overture - La Cenerentola (Rossini), Les femmes de bonne humeur , Scheherazade, La spectre de la rose, Soleil de nuit

                October 15 (M), 1938

Scheherazade replaced by Cendrillon - see Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366 and advertisement in previous cast list
Not held by NLA

                October 17, 18 (E), 19 (M and E), 1938

Overture - The Impresario (Mozart), Jeux d'enfants, Le coq d'or , Prince Igor

                October 20,21 (E), 22 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Capriccio Espagnol ( Rimsky-Korsakoff), Le lac des cygnes, Cendrillon, Protee , Danses slaves et tziganes

                October 24, 25 (E), 26 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Capriccio Italien (Tschaikowsky), Cotillon, Les presages, Protee, Orchestral interlude - Kamarinskaya (Glinka), Danses slaves et tziganes

                October 27, 28 (E), 29 (M and E), 1938 (1)

Overture - La Cenerentola (Rossini), Les dieux mendiants, Le coq d'or, Bolero, La concurrence

                October 27, 28 (E), 29 (M and E), 1938 (2)

Overture - La Cenerentola (Rossini), Les dieux mendiants, Le coq d'or, Bolero, La concurrence

                October 29, 1938

Bolero included in performances according to Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366 and advertisements in programme
Not held by NLA

                October 31, November 1 (E), November 2 (M and E), 1938 (1)

Overture - The Impresario (Mozart), Les sylphides, Bolero, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                October 31, November 1 (E), November 2 (M and E), 1938 (2)

Overture - The Impresario (Mozart), Les sylphides, Bolero, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore

                November 3, 4 (E), 5 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Hungarian folk dances (Weiner), Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka, Orchestra - Danze ed aria antiche (Respighi), Union Pacific

                November 7, 8 (E), 9 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Fete Polonaise (Chabrier), Les Cent Baisers, Symphonie fantastique, La spectre de la rose, Orchestral interlude - Kamarinskaya (Glinka), Danses slaves et tziganes

                November 10, 11 (E),12 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Midsummer night's dream (Mendelssohn), Papillons , Le coq d'or, Le mariage d'Aurore

                November 14, 15 (E), 16 (M and E), 1938

Overture - La Cenerentola (Rossini), Les sylphides, Les presages, Protee, Union Pacific

                November 17, 18 (E), 19 (M and E), 21 (E), 1938

Overture - Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakoff), Le lac des cygnes, Cendrillon, Le mariage d'Aurore

        Sydney, Theatre Royal, November 25, 1938 - January 26, 1939

            Magazine programmes

The Magazine programme for the Sydney season is consistently 48 pages. Two covers were used. One is a colour reproduction of a pastel/crayon drawing by Daryl Lindsay of a ballet dancer on stage. The other cover appears briefly towards the end of the ballet season, from January 20 onwards. It is plain white with brown lettering with the name of the company.
The contents include stories of the ballets, and biographies of leading dancers. Photographs of members of the company are more numerous than in the Melbourne Magazine programme and include Irina Baronova (a different portrait to the one used in the Melbourne season ), Tatiana Riabouchinska , Antal Dorati, Anton Dolin, David Lichine, Tamara Grigorieva, Michel Fokine, Yura Lavovsky, Lisa Serova, Paul Petroff, Roman Jaskinsky, Vladimir Launitz, Anna Volkova, and Sono Osato.

                Magazine programme, Sydney season, November 25 1938 - January 26 1939 (earlier version)

                Magazine programme, Sydney season, November 25 1938 - January 26 1939 (later version)

            Advertising material

                Four fold large brochure for season

Red and yellow. Illustrated with photos of stars and scenes from ballets. Full repertoire listed, ticket prices.

            Cast lists, Sydney season, November 25 1938 - January 26 1939.

Cast lists cover programs of ballets and casts for 6 nights seasons. In mid January they change to 3 night seasons, with the program changing once a week.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                November 25, 26, 28, 30 (E), 26, Dec. 1 (M and E), 1938 (1)

Les sylphides, Le coq d'or, Le marriage d'Aurore
Cast changes, e.g Dolin replacing Jasinsky in Les Sylphides Mazurka, plus different conductor.

                November 25, 26, 28, 30 (E), 26, Dec. 1 (M and E), 1938 (2)

Les sylphides, Le coq d'or, Le marriage d'Aurore
Cast changes, e.g Dolin replacing Jasinsky in Les Sylphides Mazurka, plus different conductor.

                December 2,5,6,8(E), 3,7,(M and E), 1938

Papillons, Symphonie fantastique, Protee, Prince Igor

                December 9,12,13,15, (E), 10,14 (M and E), 1938

Les femmes de bonne humeur, Le spectre de la rose, Union Pacific

                December 16,19,20,22 (E), 17,21 (M and E), 1938

Overture - Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakoff), La concurrence, Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka

                December 23,27,29 (E), 24,26,28 (M and E), 1938

Jeux d'enfants, Les presages, Cendrillon

                December 30, 1938 January 2,3,5, 1939 (E). December 31, 1938 January 4, 1939 (M and E) (1)

Les sylphides, Le fils prodigue , Cendrillon
Cast changes in Le Fils Prodigue, plus conductor details)

                December 30, 1938 January 2,3,5, 1939 (E). December 31, 1938 January 4, 1939 (M and E) (2)

Les sylphides, Le fils prodigue , Cendrillon
Cast changes in Le Fils Prodigue, plus conductor details)

                January 6, 9, 10, 12, (E), 7,11 (M and E), 1939 (1)

Les dieux mendiants, Choreartium, Le mariage d'Aurore
Cast change to Choreartium

                January 6, 9, 10, 12, (E), 7,11 (M and E), 1939 (1)

Les dieux mendiants, Choreartium, Le mariage d'Aurore
Cast change to Choreartium

                January 13,16 (E) 14 (M and E), 1939 (1)

Carnaval, Symphonie fantastique, Scuola di ballo

                January 13,16 (E) 14 (M and E), 1939

Carnaval, Symphonie fantastique, Scuola di ballo (2)
Cast changes

                January 17,19 (E), 18 (M and E), 1939

Les cent baisers, Le fils prodigue, Scheherazade

                January 20,23 (E), 21 (M and E), 1939

Les sylphides, Le coq d'or, Le spectre de la rose, Danses slaves et tziganes

                January 24,26 (E), 25 (M and E), 1939 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka, Protee, Le mariage d'Aurore

                January 24,26 (E), 25 (M and E), 1939 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Petrouchka, Protee, Le mariage d'Aurore

        New Zealand, February, 1939 - March, 1939

            Souvenir book

"New Zealand season 1939. The Covent Garden Russian Ballet."
32 page Programme. Cover illustration in red and brown, drawing of the interior of a theatre including tiered boxes and curtain.
Contents include same biographies, and photos of principal dancers as used in Australian Magazine programmes. Also included is a photo montage of 17 portraits and scenes from performances and rehearsal under title "Come back stage and meet the famous Covent Garden Russian Ballet".
Page 32 includes a reproduction of the Christmas card designed by Daryl Lindsay used by members of the company. It depicts koalas as dancers taking a bow on stage with a lizard as the conductor.
The repertoire for the New Zealand season is listed in the Souvenir book as comprising three programs:-

  • Programme No. 1. Carnaval, Le lac des cygnes, Cendrillon
  • Programme No. 2. Les dieux mendiants, Scheherazade, Le mariage d'Aurore
  • Programme No. 3. Les sylphides, Les presages, Union Pacific

Cast lists are included under each ballet.
NB. The itinerary of the NZ tour with dates and venues is not given in the Souvenir book.

                Souvenir book, New Zealand, February, 1939 - March, 1939

            Advertising material

                Advertising brochure

3 folds. Printed on both sides. Issued for the Grand Opera House, Wellington season commencing Saturday February 18, 1939 for " ... eleven nights and special matinees". Same cover and art work as the souvenir book described above, including the same photo montage but with one additional photo. One fold has three large photographs of scenes from Aurora's wedding, Les sylphides, and Scheherazade. Brochure includes ticket prices and booking information.

                Daryl Lindsay's impression of a dancer.

Single sheet colour reproduction. Dated "New Zealand 1939". Same image as used on cover of Sydney Magazine programme.

                Announcement of the presentation at the matinee February 25th, of Le spectre de la rose due to "hundreds of requests".

Single sheet on yellow paper. Starring Paul Petroff and Tatiana Ribouchinska.

        Melbourne return season, His Majesty's Theatre, March 29, 1939 -April 12, 1939

            Magazine programmes

The Magazine programmes for the return Melbourne season vary between 34 and 38 pages. Text and photos of the company are variations on those already used earlier in programmes on the tour
Two covers are used. One is a sepia photograph of a scene from the ballet Francesca da Rimini. The other is a colour cover with the head of a blonde woman, an orchid and string of pearls. This latter cover was used widely for other JCW Magazine programmes at the time. In some issues there is an additional eight page insert advertising the London Casino Revue appearing at the King's Theatre from April 8.

                Magazine programme, Melbourne return season, March 29 - April 12, 1939 (34 pp.)

                Magazine programme, Melbourne return season, March 29 - April 12, 1939 (38 pp.)

            Advertising material

                Academy of Russian Ballet opening soon in Melbourne by Edward Borovansky Member of Covent Garden Russian Ballet.

Single sheet. Loose insert into Magazine programme with season April 3-5.

                Invitation

            Cast lists, Melbourne return season, March 29 - April 12, 1939.

Cast lists cover programs of ballets for three or four night seasons.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                March 25,27,28 (E), 1939

Carnaval, Choreartium, Le mariage d'Aurore

                March 29, April (M and E), March 30,31 (E), 1939

Le lac des cygnes, Le fils prodigue, Cendrillon

                April 3,4 (E), 5 (M and E), 1939 (1)

Les dieux mendiants, Symphonie fantastique, Le spectre de la rose, Les femmes de bonne humeur

                April 3,4 (E), 5 (M and E), 1939 (2)

Les dieux mendiants, Symphonie fantastique, Le spectre de la rose, Les femmes de bonne humeur

                April 6 (E), 8,10 (M and E), 1939

Les sylphides, Les presages, Protee, Cendrillon

                April 11 (M and E), 1939

The Gods go a-begging, The prodigal son, Le spectre de la rose, Le mariage d'Aurore.
Listed in Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366 and in advertisements in the cast list of the previous program as "Farewell performances"

                April 12 (M), 1939

Dieux mendiants, The prodigal son, La spectre de la rose, Le mariage d'Aurore

                April 12 (E), 1939

Le lac des cygnes, Symphonie fantastique, Le spectre de la rose, Le mariage d'Aurore
Cast list is headed "Farewell performance"

        Adelaide, Theatre Royal, April 13, 1939 - April 26, 1939

            Souvenir programme

For the Adelaide season a 32 page Souvenir programme was issued. The cover was a reproduction in red and brown of an interior of a theatre seen from the stage with draped curtains and boxes (the same as the New Zealand cover). The contents included details of the company, photographs and biographies of dancers, conductors and key management personnel which had appeared in earlier programs.
The repertoire of the Adelaide season is listed as four programs which have been matched with the repertoire listed in Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366 . (Potter's listing is based on advertisements in the newspaper The Advertiser (Adelaide).
NB. Cast lists appear for each ballet in the Souvenir programme.

                Souvenir programme, Adelaide season, April 13 - April 26, 1939

            Cast lists, Adelaide season, April 13, 1939 - April 26, 1939

NB. Cast lists appear for each ballet in the Souvenir programme.

                April 13, 14 (E) 15 (M and E), 1939

Programme No. 1. Listed in Souvenir programme
Carnaval, Le lac des cygnes, Cendrillon

                April 17, 18 (E), 19 (M and E), 1939

Programme No.2. Listed in Souvenir programme
Les sylphides, Les presages, Le coq d'or

                April 20,21 (M and E), 1939

Programme No. 3. Listed in Souvenir programme
Les dieux mendiants, Union Pacific, Protee, Le mariage d'Aurore

                April 24, 25, (E), 26 (M and E), 1939

Programme No.4. Listed in Souvenir programme
Les femmes de bonne humeur, Scheherazade, La spectre de la rose.
The Souvenir programme announces that "The final ballet on this farewell programme to be selected by popular request". Potter lists the ballet selected and performed as Les presages

                April 27, 1939

Separate programme issued. Farewell performance of principal artists. Midnight performance.
Overture - The impresario (Mozart), Les sylphides (with Baronova, Riabouschinska, Dolin), L'apres-midi d'un faune (with Lichine), Bolero (with Dolin), Le lac des cygnes (with Baronova, Dolin, Ismailoff, Pierce), Jeux d'enfants (with Riabouschinska, Lichine), Le mariage d'Aurore (with Baronova, Riabouchinska, Dolin, Belsky)

tour 3. Third Australasian Tour of Colonel W. De Basil's Covent Garden Ballet also known as Colonel W. De Basil's Ballet Company or The Original Ballet Russe December 1939 -August 1940

    Dancers - as listed in Cast lists

  • Ballerinas - Maria Azrova, Tatiana Bechenova, Kira Bounina , Lydia Couprina Alexandra Denisova, Nina Golovina , Marguerite Gontcharova, Tamara Grigorieva, Irina Lavrova, Anna Leontieva, Tatiana Leskova, Helena Lineva, Ludmila Lvova , Natasha Melnikova, Olga Morisova, Genevieve Moulin, Vera Nelidova, Vera Nemtchinova , Lara Obidenna, Sonia Orlova , Sono Osato, Nina Popova ,Galina Razoumova, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Nadia Smirnova, Natasha Sobinova, Tatiana Stepanova, Marina Svetlova, Lubov Tchernicheva, Tamara Toumanova, Nina Verchinina, Anna Volkova , Irina Zarova, Lubov Zlatina
  • Male dancers - Gregory Alexandroff, H Algeranoff, Alberto Alonso, Lorand Andahazy, Boris Belsky, Edouard Borovansky, Nicolas Ivangine, Vladimir Irman, Serge Ismailoff, Roman Jasinsky, Marian Ladre, Yura Lazofsky, David Lichine, Serge Lifar Narcisse Matouchak, Vassily Nicolaieff, Nicolas Orloff, Michel Panaieff, Paul Petroff, Dimitri Rostoff, Borislav Runanine, Igor Schwezoff, Georges Skibine, Sviatslov Toumine, Oleg Tupine, Serge Unguer, Kiril Vassilkovsky, Anton Vlasoff

    Dance staff

  • Choreographer - David Lichne
  • Regisseur-General - Serge Grigorieff

    Music staff

  • Conductor - Antal Dorati
  • Assistant conductors - Max Goberman, Gabriel Joffe (for Sydney return season July- August 1940)

    Management

  • O.B.R. Limited - Chairman T.H.Bischoff
  • Director - R.B.Popkiss
  • Colonel de Basil's Ballet Company - Founder and Director General, Col. W.de Basil

        Sydney, Theatre Royal, December 30, 1939 - March 13, 1940

            Souvenir book

'Souvenir completed by Claude Kingston'
Cover title - "Souvenir Col.W.de Basil's Ballet. Australia-New Zealand 1939-40". Cover illustration in light brown of corps de ballet by Norman Lindsay. Printed by Peerless Press, Sydney? 38 pages.
Inserted as the first page is a one page colour advertisement for the exhibition "Art for theatre and ballet " at David Jones. Design for advertisement by Loudon Sainthill.Page three has an etching by Harold Byrne of crowds arriving at a theatre - the name 'Theatre Royal' has been over-printed at the top of the page.
Contains one page Introduction by Arnold Haskell on de Basil. No other text. Portrait photographs (63) of dancers and management. Photos of ballets in performance -Les sylphides, Paganini, Good humoured ladies, Protee, Symphonie fantastique, Aurora's wedding, Swan lake, Francesca da Rimini, Les presages, Choreartium.
A centre spread contains a large montage of photos of the company on tour. A map of the Americas titled "The tour of 1932-1936 " shows tours to locations in Canada and USA. A map of the rest of the world titled "The tour of 1936-1940" shows thecompanies' tours in Europe and to Australia and New Zealand, although the tour route and locations shown are not complete accounts of the antipodean tours.

                Souvenir book, Sydney season, December 30, 1939 - March 13, 1940

            Covent Garden book

A copy of the Russian ballet program for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, June-September, 1938 was signed in Sydney in 1939 by members of the company who toured to Australia. Forty- six signatures are included. The program includes colour reproductions of designs for the following ballets which were all subsequently performed in Australia - Coq d'or, Francesca da Rimini, Symphonie fantastique, Choreartium, Cimarosiana, Jeux d'enfants, Les cent baisers.

                Russian ballet program for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, June-September, 1938

            Magazine programme

Two covers were issued in Sydney. One featuring a brown photo of the corps de ballet in a scene (from Les sylphides?) credited to photographer Lionel Lunn. This cover bears the name "Colonel W. De Basil's Covent Garden Ballet". A copy of this Magazine programme has a cast list for the opening program stapled in, and pages numbered in sequence. This was presumably issued for opening night, December 30
A second cover, and more commonly used, is a reproduction of a red painting of the interior of a theatre seen from the stage with tiers of boxes framed by draped curtains. This cover bears the name "Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Company from Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Australia-New Zealand 1939-40".
Both Magazine programmes are 32 pages.
Photographs include :

  • portraits of Colonel de Basil, Antal Dorati, Serge Lifar, David Lichine, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Tamara Toumanova, Tatiana Stepanova, Tamara Grigorieva, Anna Volkova, Alexandra Denisova, Roman Jasinsky, Paul Petroff, Yura Lazovsky, Michel Panaieff, Dimitri Rostoff, H.Algernoff.
  • scene from ballet Paganini

                Magazine program, Sydney season, December 30, 1939 - March 13, 1940 1

                Magazine program, Sydney season, December 30, 1939 - March 13, 1940 2

            Advertising material

                One small sheet announcing the ballet Francesca da Rimini "For the first time in Sydney"

. Photo of Lubov Tchernicheva in costume, "Guest artist performing the role she created in this ballet". Loose insert in Magazine programme for January 3.

                Small brochure headed "The greatest ballet tour in history".

Includes list of leading dancers, ticket prices, etc. Three copies with slightly variant texts and repertoires for different periods in the Sydney season are held.
NB. These advertised repertoires do not necessarily tally with the repertoire in the final cast lists.

                Single sheet headed "Colonel W. De Basil's Ballet Company"

Comprises black and white portrait photos of Nina Verchinina, Olga Morosova, and Sono Osato. Loose insert into Magazine programme for January 5.

                One sheet advertisement/invitation for an 'Exhibition of art for theatre and ballet' at David Jones, George Street, February 5th "for one month".

It consisted of "500 original decor, costume, setting and backcloth designs" from productions of de Basil, Vic Wells Ballet, C.B.Cochran etc ... Artists represented include Benois, Beaton, Messel, Fedorovitch, Goncharova and the Australian Loudon Sainthill.

                Single sheet headed "Memories of the ballet by Lionel Lunn"

Advertising the pictures of the ballet company by Lionel Lunn for sale in the foyer of the theatre.

            Cast lists, Sydney season, December 30, 1939 - March 13, 1940

Cast lists provide the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various periods, from one to six nights. Some cast lists have individual dates printed at the top of the first page - these dates have been noted.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                December 30, 1939, January 2,4,5 (E), 3 (M and E), 1940

Les sylphides, Paganini, Le mariage d'Aurore, Piano solo in Paganini - Eric Landerer

                January 5,8,9,11 (E), 6,10 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Carnaval or Les sylphides, Paganini, Le spectre de la rose, Les femmes de bonne humeur, Piano solo in Paganini - Eric Landerer

                January 5,8,9,11 (E), 6,10 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Carnaval or Les sylphides, Paganini, Le spectre de la rose, Les femmes de bonne humeur, Piano solo in Paganini - Eric Landerer

                January 12,15,16,18 (E), 13,17 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Cimarosiana, Protee, Cendrillon, Harp solo in Protee - Joyce Lang

                January 12,15,16,18 (E), 13,17 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Cimarosiana, Protee, Cendrillon, Harp solo in Protee - Joyce Lang

                January 19,22,23,25 (E), 20,24 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les sylphides, L'oiseau de feu, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Prince Igor, Flute solo for L'apres-midi d'un faune - Americo Gagliardi

                January 19,22,23,25 (E), 20,24 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les sylphides, L'oiseau de feu, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Prince Igor, Flute solo for L'apres-midi d'un faune - Americo Gagliardi

                January 26,29,30, February 1 (E), 27,31 (M and E), 1940

Les dieux mendiants, Francesca da Rimini , Le spectre de la rose, Les femmes de bonne humeur or Le mariage d'Aurore or Cendrillon

                February 2 (E), 3(M and E), 1940

Jeux d'enfants, Choreartium, Cimarosiana

                February 5,6,8 (E), 7 (M and E), 1940

Paganini, Jeux d'enfants, Choreartium

                February 9,12,13,15 (E),10,14 (M and E), 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Les presages, Protee, Le Danube bleu, Harp solo in Protee - Joyce Lang

                February 16,19-22, 1940

Papillons, Le coq d'or, Icare, Prince Igor

                February 17 (M and E), 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Le coq d'or, Protee, Le Danube bleu. Special performances in aid of Red Cross

                February 23, 26, 27, 29 (E), 24 and 28 (M and E), 1940

Les cent baisers, Symphonie fantastique, Pavane, Le Danube bleu

                March 1,4,5,7 (E), 2,6 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les sylphides, Graduation ball , Petrouchka.

                March 1,4,5,7 (E), 2,6 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les sylphides, Graduation ball , Petrouchka.

                March 8,9, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Scheherazade, Le spectre de la rose, Le Danube bleu

                March 11, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Scheherazade, Le spectre de la rose, Graduation ball

                March 12, 1940

Le mariage d'Aurore, Les presages, Protee, Graduation ball. NB. Program decided as a "Result of plebiscite"

                March 12, 1940

"Midnight performance for Polish Relief organised by Col. W.de Basil and Polish members of the Company". Seventeen Divertissements performed including world premiere of Etude choreographique. Choreography by Verchinina to music of Handel.

                March 13, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Le mariage d'Aurore, Protee, Le Danube bleu. NB. Program decided by "Result of plebiscite"

        Melbourne, His Majesty's Theatre, March 14 1940 - June 4 1940

            Souvenir book

Cover title - "Souvenir Col.W.de Basil's Ballet. Australia-New Zealand 1939-40".
Cover illustration in light brown of corps de ballet by Norman Lindsay. Printed by Speciality Press, Sydney? 50 pages. Back cover - Souvenir 'completed by Claude Kingston'.
Contains eleven pages of Melbourne based advertising.
Inserted at page 8 is a one page colour advertisement for the exhibition "Art for theatre and ballet", " ... to be held in Melbourne during the season". Design by Loudon Sainthill.
Page three has one photo of the audience at the Theatre Royal, Sydney attending a performance of the company and another of the dancers taking curtain calls with de Basil. Contains one page "Introduction" by Arnold Haskell on de Basil. Inserted at page 34 is a half page, blue photograph of corps de ballet from "Les sylphides".
Portrait photographs (63) of dancers and management. Photos of ballets in performance -Les sylphides, Paganini, Good humoured ladies, Protee, Symphonie fantastique, Aurora's wedding, Swan lake, Francesca da Rimini, Les presages, Choreartium.
NB. Contains the same photographs as in Sydney edition but in different order. Centre spread contains large montage of photos of the company on tour. A map of the Americas titled "The tour of 1932-1936" shows tours to locations in Canada and USA. A map of the rest of the world titled "The tour of 1936-1940" shows the companies' tours in Europe and to Australia and New Zealand, although the tour route and locations shown are not complete accounts of the antipodean tours.

                Souvenir book, Melbourne season, March 14 - June 4, 1940

            Magazine programme

Contains stories of ballets and portraits of leading dancers and personnel.

                Magazine programme, Melbourne season, March 14 - June 4, 1940

            Advertising material

                Advertisement/invitation for an Exhibition of art for theatre and ballet at the Exhibition Gallery, Mural Hall, The Myer Emporium, Melbourne, April,18 -May 16.

One sheet. It consisted of "500 original decor, costume, setting and backcloth designs" from productions of de Basil, Vic Wells Ballet, C.B.Cochran etc. Artists represented include Benois, Beaton, Messel, Fedorovitch, Goncharova and the Australian Loudon Sainthill".

            Cast lists, Melbourne season, March 14,1940 - June 4, 1940.

Cast lists provide the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various periods, from one night to eight nights. Some cast lists have individual dates printed at the top of the first page - these dates have been noted.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                March 14,15,18,19,21,22, (E), 16,20,23 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les sylphides, Paganini, Le mariage d'Aurore

                March 14,15,18,19,21,22, (E), 16,20,23 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les sylphides, Paganini, Le mariage d'Aurore

                March 25,26,28,29 (E), 27,30 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Francesca da Rimini, Pavane, Le Danube bleu

                March 25,26,28,29 (E), 27,30 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Francesca da Rimini, Pavane, Le Danube bleu

                April 1,2,4,5 (E), 3,6 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Cimarosiana, Les presages, Protee, Prince Igor, Harp solo in Protee - Adrian Bendall

                April 1,2,4,5 (E), 3,6 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Cimarosiana, Les presages, Protee, Prince Igor, Harp solo in Protee - Adrian Bendall

                April 8,9,11,12 (E), 10,13 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les sylphides, Le coq d'or, Graduation ball

                April 8,9,11,12 (E), 10,13 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les sylphides, Le coq d'or, Graduation ball

                April 15,16,18,19, (E), 17,20 (M and E), 1940

Les femmes de bonne humeur, Symphonie fantastique, Le mariage d'Aurore

                April 19 and 20, 1940

Les femmes de bonne humeur, Symphonie fantastique, Graduation ball
NB. Cast list for program for 2 nights - April 19 and 20 - with Graduation Ball substituted - held within separate Magazine Programme.

                April 22,23,25,26 (E), 24,27 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les dieux mendiants, L'oiseau de feu, Graduation ball

                April 22,23,25,26 (E), 24,27 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les dieux mendiants, L'oiseau de feu, Graduation ball

                April 29,30, May 1 (M and E), 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Francesca da Rimini, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Le Danube bleu

                May 2,3, (E) 4 (M and E), 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Paganini, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Le Danube bleu, Flute solo for L' apres-midi d'un faune - Americo Gagliardi

                May 6,7,9,10 (E), 8,11 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Papillons, Petrouchka, Le spectre de la rose, Graduation ball

                May 6,7,9,10 (E), 8,11 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Papillons, Petrouchka, Le spectre de la rose, Graduation ball

                May 9, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Divertissements, Graduation ball
Special charity matinee in aid of Royal Melbourne Hospital and Children's Hospital.

                May 13,14,16,17 (E), 15,18 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Carnaval, Thamar, Icare, Cendrillon/Le coq d'or
NLA - Two Cast lists issued for the period May 13-18 - One Cast list announces season "For six nights ... 13-18 May" with Cendrillon as final ballet - Another Cast list announces season "For three nights ..16-18 May" has Le coq d'or as final ballet.Both Cast lists direct patrons to "See dailies for Matinees"
NB. Potter (nla.cat-vn2229366) also notes that Le coq d'or replaced Cendrillon for some performances

                May 13,14,16,17 (E), 15,18 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Carnaval, Thamar, Icare, Cendrillon/Le coq d'or
NLA - Two Cast lists issued for the period May 13-18 - One Cast list announces season "For six nights ... 13-18 May" with Cendrillon as final ballet - Another Cast list announces season "For three nights ..16-18 May" has Le coq d'or as final ballet.Both Cast lists direct patrons to "See dailies for Matinees"
NB. Potter (nla.cat-vn2229366) also notes that Le coq d'or replaced Cendrillon for some performances

                May 20, 21,23,24 (E), 22,25 (M and E), 1940

Le pavillon , Scheherazade, Choreartium

                May 27,28, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, L'oiseau de feu, Scuola di ballo

                May 29 (M and E), 30 (E), 1940

Les sylphides, Paganini, Scuola di ballo, Piano solo in Paganini -- Erich Landerer

                May 31 (E), June 1 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Les sylphides, Icare, Les presages, Le Danube bleu

                May 31 (E), June 1 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Les sylphides, Icare, Les presages, Le Danube bleu

                June 3,4 (E), 1940 (1)

Graduation ball, Le coq d'or, Le mariage d'Aurore.
NLA - Two Cast lists issued for June 3,4 - One Cast list has order of ballets as Le mariage d'Aurore, Le coq d'or, Graduation ball. Another Cast list headed "Final performance" has order of ballets as Graduation ball, Le coq d'or, Le mariage d'Aurore

                June 3,4 (E), 1940 (2)

Graduation ball, Le coq d'or, Le mariage d'Aurore.
NLA - Two Cast lists issued for June 3,4 - One Cast list has order of ballets as Le mariage d'Aurore, Le coq d'or, Graduation ball. Another Cast list headed "Final performance" has order of ballets as Graduation ball, Le coq d'or, Le mariage d'Aurore

        Adelaide, Theatre Royal, June 5,1940 - June 22, 1940

            Magazine programme

24 pages. Cover - red scene of theatre auditorium from a stage as per Sydney and Melbourne Magazine programmes. Includes stories of the ballets and 30 portrait photographs of dancers and members of the music staff

                Magazine programme, Adelaide season, June 5 - June 22, 1940

            Advertising material

                Advertisement/invitation for an "Exhibition of art for theatre and ballet" at the Australian Art Gallery, 97 Rundle St, Adelaide, June 18-July 2

One sheet inserted into Cast list for June 22. It consisted of "500 original decor, costume, setting and backcloth designs" from productions of de Basil, Vic Wells Ballet, C.B.Cochran etc ... Artists represented include Benois, Beaton, Messel, Fedorovitch, Goncharova and the Australian Loudon Sainthill

            Cast lists, Adelaide season, June 5,1940 - June 22, 1940.

Cast lists provide the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various periods, from three to four nights. Some Cast lists have individual dates printed at the top of the first page - these dates have been noted in the list which follows
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                June 5,6,7,8, 1940

Les sylphides, Paganini, Le Danube bleu

                June 10,11 (E), 12 (M and E), 1940 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Francesca da Rimini, Le spectre de la rose, Graduation ball

                June 10,11 (E), 12 (M and E), 1940 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Francesca da Rimini, Le spectre de la rose, Graduation ball

                June 13, 14 (E), 15 (M and E), 1940

Le pavillon, Petrouchka, Graduation ball, Piano solo for Petrouchka - Dorothy Mendoza

                June 17, 18

Les femmes de bonne humeur, Les presages, Pavane, Le mariage d'Aurore
Not held by NLA. Program taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366

                June 20, 21, 1940

Le sylphides, Le coq d'or, Protee, Le Danube bleu
Not held by NLA. Program taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366

                June 22 (M and E), 1940

Le mariage d'Aurore, Le coq d'or, Graduation ball

        Brisbane, His Majesty's Theatre, June 26, 1940 - July 11, 1940

            Magazine programme

24 pages. Brown-sepia cover photo of corps de ballet from Les sylphides, photo credited to Lionel Lunn. Cover title - "Colonel W. de Basil's Covent Garden Ballet." Cf. Title page "Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Company from Royal Opera Covent Garden". Included stories of ballets and 31 photo portraits of dancers and musical staff.

                Magazine programme, Brisbane season, June 26- July 11, 1940

            Cast lists, Brisbane season, June 26- July 11, 1940

Cast lists provide the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various periods, from three to four nights. Some Cast lists have individual dates printed at the top of the first page - these dates have been noted.

                June 26,27,28 (E), 29 (M and E), 1940

Les sylphides, Cendrillon, Graduation ball

                July 1,2,3 (M and E), 1940

Paganini, Carnaval, Le Danube bleu, Le spectre de la rose
Not held by NLA. Program from Courier mail (Brisbane) advertisements 1-2 July 1940

                July 4,5,(E), 6(M and E), 1940

Francesca da Rimini, Le lac des cygnes, Protee, Le mariage d'Aurore

                July 8,9, 1940

Les femmes de bonne humeur, Les presages, Graduation ball
Not held by NLA. Program from Courier mail (Brisbane) advertisements 8-9 July 1940

                July 10 (M and E), 1940

Les sylphides, Les presages, Graduation ball
Not held by NLA. Program from Courier mail (Brisbane) advertisements 10 July 1940

                July 11, 1940

Le mariage d'Aurore, Les presages, Graduation ball
Not held by NLA. Program from Courier mail (Brisbane) advertisements 11 July 1940

        Sydney return season, Theatre Royal, July 13,1940 - August 21, 1940

            Magazine programme

24 pages. Red cover of reproduction of painting of a view of a theatre auditorium from the stage with ballerina peeking around corner of curtain signed 'Bernie Bragg'
NB. Cover and title page has "Original Ballet Russe, Director General Col. W. de Basil".
One edition of the Magazine programme has stories of the ballets and photo portraits of the company. Another edition has stories of the ballets on one and half pages with the remainder taken up with advertising for forthcoming attraction "Ice Follies 1940".

                Magazine programme, Sydney return season, July 13,1940 - August 21, 1940

            Cast lists, Sydney return season, July 13,1940 - August 21, 1940.

Cast lists provide the "Programme" of ballets and casts covering performances over various short periods. Some cast lists have individual dates printed at the top of the first page - these dates have been noted.
NB. Cast lists have "Original Ballet Russe" as company name.
In some cases more then one cast list for the same dates has been included. Unless otherwise stated, this is because they record significant cast changes.

                July 13-17, 1940

Les sylphides, Icare, Les presages, Graduation ball

                July 18-20, 1940 (1)

Le lac des cygnes, Le fils prodigue, Le spectre de la rose, Scuola di ballo

                July 18-20, 1940 (2)

Le lac des cygnes, Le fils prodigue, Le spectre de la rose, Scuola di ballo

                July 22-24, 1940 (1)

Cotillon, Paganini, Le Danube bleu

                July 22-24, 1940 (2)

Cotillon, Paganini, Le Danube bleu

                July 25-27, 1940 (1)

Le pavillon, Paganini, Etude, Jeux d'enfants

                July 25-27, 1940 (2)

Le pavillon, Paganini, Etude, Jeux d'enfants

                July 29- August 3, 1940 (1)

Le mariage d'Aurore, Lutte eternelle, Graduation ball

                July 29- August 3, 1940 (2)

Le mariage d'Aurore, Lutte eternelle, Graduation ball

                August 5-7, 1940

Les sylphides, Symphonie fantastique, L'apres-midi d'un faune, Les cent baisers

                August 8-10, 1940

Le lac des cygnes, Thamar, Protee, Les dieux mendiants

                August 12-14, 1940 (1)

Francesca da Rimini, Pavane, Coppelia

                August 12-14, 1940 (2)

Francesca da Rimini, Pavane, Coppelia

                August 15-17, 1940 (1)

Carnaval, Les presages, Coppelia

                August 15-17, 1940 (2)

Carnaval, Les presages, Coppelia

                August 19, 1940

Paganini, Coppelia, Le Danube bleu
Not held by NLA. Program taken from Potter, Michelle. The Russian Ballet in Australia 1936-1940 : sources for modernism in Australian art [manuscript]. Thesis (B.A.) - Australian National University, 1987 . nla.cat-vn2229366 and advertisement in previous cast lists

                August 20, 1940

Paganini, Coppelia, Etude, Graduation ball

                August 21, 1940

Paganini, Coppelia, Le mariage d'Aurore

                September 19, 1940

Theatre Royal. "Farewell Original Ballet Russe. Midnight performance". Carnaval, Divertissements (10), Le mariage d' Aurore
4 sheets folded, cream parchment with blue printed text