Guide to the Papers of Tamara Finch

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MS 9733

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2006

Collection Summary

Creator
Finch (Tchinarova), Tamara
Title
Papers of Tamara Finch
Date Range
1911 - 2004
Collection Number
MS 9733
Extent
2.1 metres (8 ms boxes + 2 large folio boxes + 1 sound/av carrier)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Manuscripts)
Abstract
Featuring personal items, photographs, programs, cast lists, brochures, pamphlets, flyers and newspaper clippings primarily relating to Finch's dancing career.

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection contains magazine programs, souvenir programs, cast lists, brochures, pamphlets, flyers and newspaper clippings primarily relating to ballet performances. There are also personal items, photographs and scrapbooks documenting the career of Tamara Finch, together with photographs of Finch's husband Peter Finch.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Tamara Finch, National Library of Australia, MS 9733, [series and file/item number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the National Library by Tamara Finch. An initial instalment was received in November 2000, followed by two smaller instalments in December 2001, and a further instalment in January 2005.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected photographs from Series 5 have been digitised, and are available online through this finding aid and via the Library's catalogue (http://nla.gov.au/catalogue).

Papers of Peter Finch are held at MS 7003. An interview with Tamara Finch is held in the Oral History Collection at ORAL TRC 3120.

Arrangement

The order of the collection has been devised by Library staff.

Biographical Note

Tamara Tchinarova was born in 1919 to Russian parents in a Russian province that became part of Romania. She moved to Paris at the age of six and began her dance training there with emigré ballerinas from the Imperial Russian Ballet.

Tchinarova danced professionally in Europe with the touring Ballets Russes companies that emerged in the 1930s after the death of the entrepreneur Serge Diaghilev. She first came to Australia in 1936 on tour with the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet and returned in 1938 with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet. In Australia during those first two tours by the Russian Ballet she made a strong impression as Action in Leonide Massine's first symphonic ballet Les Présages. She was also admired for her portrayal of Thamar the Georgian Queen in Michel Fokine's dramatic ballet Thamar, and was also praised for her dancing in demi-character roles in ballets such as Le Beau Danube.

In 1939 at the conclusion of the Covent Garden Russian Ballet tour, along with a number of her colleagues, Tchinarova elected to stay in Australia. She made an especially important contribution in the 1940s to newly developing Australian companies, which included the Kirsova Ballet, the Polish-Australian Ballet and the Borovansky Ballet. During her time with the Kirsova Ballet she created a number of roles, including that of Satana in Kirsova's three act ballet Faust, which premiered in November 1941. She was a principal dancer with the Borovansky Ballet in the mid 1940s and worked with Borovansky to restage ballets from the Ballets Russes repertoire. In Australia she met and married actor Peter Finch and worked with him on a number of films before leaving Australia to make her home in London in 1949.

Since retiring from dancing Finch has acted as interpreter for many English-speaking dance companies, including the Australian Ballet, during tours to Russia, and for Russian companies touring in the West. She was also employed by the Foreign Office to interpret for trade fairs held in the Soviet Union. She has also pursued a career as a dance writer and has been published in a range of dance magazines, notably The Dancing Times.

Biographical Reference(s)

Roebuck, G. 'Tamara Tchinarova and the Ballets Russes', Dance expression, August 2000, pp.26-27.

Roebuck, G. 'Tamara Tchinarova', Dance expression, September 2000, p.37.

Profile of the Ballets Russes in Australasia, 1936-1940, in the Australian Performing Arts (PROMPT) Collection, National Library of Australia

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Personal items, 1945-1988

Comprising personal items relating to Finch, including correspondence, invitations and legal papers. Correspondents include Peter Hawker, Ian McRae and Michael G. Nagy.

Divorce and maintenance papers, 1958 (File 1)

Invitations and miscellaneous correspondence, 1945-1988 (File 2)

Series 2. Programs, 1911-1991

Containing a variety of programs relating to dance and opera performances primarily in Europe and the United Kingdom. There are magazine programs, souvenir programs and cast lists, as well as advertising ephemera, such as brochures, pamphlets and flyers.

Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1911-1919 (File 1)

Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, Ballets de Monte Carlo, 1933, 1936-1937 (File 2)

Colonel W. de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, 1934-1937 (File 3)

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1938-1939 (File 4)

Educational Ballets Ltd, 1938-1939 (File 5)

The Original Ballet Russe, together with Marquis de Cuevas' Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo, 1947, 1949, 1952 (File 6)

Royal Opera House Covent Garden, ballet and opera programs, 1946-1991 (File 7_9)

Includes a program for the Coronation Ballet Homage to the Queen performed by Sadler's Wells Ballet (1953).

Sadler's Wells Theatre dance and ballet programs, 1938-1988 (File 10)

Various programs, 1930-1950 (File 11)

Various programs, 1960-1980 (File 11)

Magazine and souvenir programs, 1970-1990 (File 13)

Crusaid souvenir brochure, 1991 (File 14)

Programs and tour information, 1938-1988 (chiefly 1940s) (File 15)

Series 3. Scrapbooks and clippings, 1935-2000

Comprising scrapbooks and loose newspaper and magazine clippings capturing the career highlights of Finch and her contemporaries.

Magazine and newspaper clippings relating to dance, 1939-1995 (File 1)

Magazine and newspaper clippings relating to Peter Finch, 1954-1980 (File 2)

Scrapbooks, 1935-1937 (File 3_4)

Scrapbook, 1936-1947 (File 5)

Includes photographs.

Scrapbook, 1937-1942 (File 6)

Scrapbook, 1936-1939 (File 7)

Press cuttings, 1945-2000 (File 8)

Series 4. Printed material, 1945-2000

Comprising ballet periodicals, books and miscellaneous printed material.

Dance expression (UK), August-September, 2000 (File 1)

Featuring an article on Finch by Gavin Roebuck.

Tamara Finch and Hector Cameron, The little king : the book of twenty nights and one night, Angus and Robertson, 1958 (File 2)

Includes a book review.

Laurel Martyn, Manual of classical dance theory, 1991 (Item 3)

Peter Bellew, Pioneering ballet in Australia, Craftsman Bookshop, 1945 (Item 4)

The Dancing times (UK), 1986-1993 (File 5)

Incomplete set. A number of these issues contain articles written by Finch.

Dance Australia, 1980-1987 (File 6)

Incomplete set.

Typescripts of three plays, 'The salt land' by Peter Shaffer, 'Oedipus rex' by John Cromwell and 'The leopard' by James Parish (File 7)

Art exhibition catalogues, magazines and other publications (File 8)

Printed items, including The little king, by Finch and Hector Cameron, Angus and Robertson, 1958 (File 9)

Series 5. Photographs, 1931-2000

Featuring photographs of Finch in dance costume as a child and dancing for the Ballets Russes Australian tours, the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, Kirsova Ballet, the Polish-Australian Ballet and the Borovansky Ballet. The series includes photographs relating to Finch's career as an interpreter and photographs of Australian Ballet dancers and productions (especially on the company's 1988 overseas tour). There are also a number of photographs of Peter Finch, some taken on movie sets, together with photographs of Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during an expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath, ca. 1944.

Selected photographs from this series have been digitised, and are available online through this finding aid and via the Library's catalogue (http://nla.gov.au/catalogue).

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in costume for Russian dance performed in charity recitals of Preobrajenska studio, Paris, c.1931 (Item 1)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch, aged 11 years, in costume for charity recitals of Preobrajenska studio, Paris, 1931 (Item 2)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch, aged 12 years, in costume for charity recitals of Preobrajenska studio, Paris, 1932 (Item 3)

Publicity portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch aged 15/16 years, c.1935 (Item 4)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch as the First Hand in Le Beau Danube, Chicago, Ballets Russes, 1935 (Item 5)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in The Good-Humoured Ladies, Ballets Russes, c.1935 (Item 6)

Date indicated by location of photographic studio.

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in La Boutique Fantasque, Ballets Russes, c.1935 (Item 7)

Photograph may predate Ballets Russes Australian tours.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch as a gypsy in Petrouchka, Ballets Russes, c.1935 (Item 8)

Photograph may predate Ballets Russes Australian tours.

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch as Action in Les Présages, Ballets Russes Australian tours [1], c.1937 (Item 9)

Date indicated by location of photographic studio.

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch as Action in Les Présages, Ballets Russes Australian tours [2], c.1937 (Item 10)

Date indicated by location of photographic studio.

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch as Action in Les Présages, Ballets Russes Australian tours [3], c.1937 (Item 11)

Date indicated by location of photographic studio.

Portrait (head and torso) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Cotillon, The Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, c.1937 (Item 12)

Dated on assumption that photograph dates from Australian tour.

Hélène Kirsova in The Firebird, The Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, c.1937 (Item 13)

Dated on assumption that photograph dates from Australian tour.

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch as a nursemaid in Petrouchka, Ballets Russes Australian tours, c.1937 (Item 14)

Annotated verso: 'Tchinarova age 15'. However, an identical photograph in MS 9803 is stamped 'Hollywood Studios' indicating a later date.

Members of the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet visiting eminent Maori women during their tour of New Zealand, 1937 (Item 15)

Nina Raievska, Leon Woizikovsky and Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Prince Igor, The Monte Carlo Russian Ballet, c.1938 (Item 16)

Date indicated by location of photographic studio and implication (verso) that photograph may have been taken after the Australian tour.

atiana Riabouchinska in the Prelude of Les Sylphides, The Covent Garden Russian Ballet, c.1938 (Item 17)

Annotated verso: 'Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo'. However, Riabouchinska toured with Covent Garden Russian Ballet, suggesting a date of 1938/1939, although photograph may predate her Australian tour.

Vera Nelidova and Tamara Tchinarova Finch in The Good-Humoured Ladies, The Covent Garden Russian Ballet, c.1938 (Item 18)

Annotated verso: 'Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo'. However, Nelidova toured with Covent Garden Russian Ballet, suggesting a date of 1938/1939, although photograph may predate Australian tour.

Serge Ismailoff, Anna Volkova, Oleg Tupine, Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Paul Petroff riding bicycles during the Covent Garden Russian Ballet Australian Tour, c.1938 (Item 19)

Annotated verso '1937'. However, these dancers performed with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet, suggesting a date 1938/1939.

Artists of The Covent Garden Russian Ballet, including Sono Osato, Paul Petroff, Anna Volkova and Raissa Kousnetzova, rehearsing Choreartium, c.1938 (Item 20)

Annotated verso 'Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo 1935/36'. However, these dancers performed with Covent Garden Russian Ballet, suggesting a date of 1938/1939.

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Sydney, 1941 (Item 21)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Henry Legerton as Satana and Young Faust in Faust, The Kirsova Ballet, c.1941 (Item 22)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Raissa Kousnetzova and Irina Milova in Les Sylphides, The Polish-Australian Ballet, c.1943 (Item 23)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Danse Slav costume, c.1943 (Item 24)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Edna Busse in the dressing room, Borovansky Ballet, c.1945 (Item 25)

Portrait (head and torso) of Dorothy Stevenson in Sea Legend, Borovansky Ballet, c.1945 (Item 26)

Signed 'Dorothy Stevenson with love to Tamara'.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Martin Rubinstein posing outdoors, c.1945 (Item 27)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch as the Street Dancer in Le Beau Danube, Borovansky Ballet, c.1945 (Item 28)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Capriccio Italien, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 29)

Portrait (full length) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Capriccio Italien, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 30)

Portrait of Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Martin Rubinstein as Zoebeide and the Golden Slave in Schéhérazade, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 31)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch as Zoebeide in Schéhérazade, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 32)

Edna Busse in Coppélia, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 33)

The final scene in Ivor Novello's musical-operetta The Dancing Years, 1946 (Item 34)

William Constable working on the set design for Terra Australis, 1947 (Item 35)

Edna Busse and Serge Bousloff in Swan Lake (Act Two), Borovansky Ballet, c.1947 (Item 36)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Peter Finch with their baby daughter Anita, London, 1951 (Item 37)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Peter Finch in Cornwall, 1952 (Item 38)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Peter Finch in their London apartment, c.1953 (Item 39)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch interpreting, c.1960 (Item 40)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch with Keith Lester, c.1975 (Item 41)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch interpreting for Galina Ulanova with Dame Ninette de Valois and Michael Broderick, Festival Hall, 1986 (Item 42)

Maina Gielgud demonstrating during rehearsal of Giselle with Sian Stokes, The Australian Ballet, 1986 (Item 43)

Glen Tetley rehearsing Orpheus with Paul de Masson and David Ashmole, The Australian Ballet, 1987 (Item 44)

The Australian Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 45)

David Ashmole and Christine Walsh in Suite en blanc, The Australian Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 46)

Paul de Masson and Lisa Pavane in Suite en blanc, The Australian Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 47)

Lisa Pavane and David Ashmole in Etudes, The Australian Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 48)

Christine Walsh and David Ashmole in Webern Opus 5, The Australian Ballet, c.1988 (Item 49)

Fiona Tonkin and Paul de Masson in Giselle, The Australian Ballet, c.1988 (Item 50)

Steven Heathcote and Christine Walsh in costume as Romeo and Juliet, with Noel Smith and artists of The Australian Ballet, after the first night of Romeo and Juliet at the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 51)

Greg Horsman and Lisa Pavane rehearsing Romeo and Juliet during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 52)

David Ashmole and Anna de Cardi in costume as Romeo and Juliet after a performance during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 53)

Two artists of The Australian Ballet in costume as jesters from Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 54)

Artists of The Australian Ballet after a performance of Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 55)

Artists of The Australian Ballet with Noel Smith after a performance of Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 56)

Steven Heathcote and artists of The Australian Ballet in Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 57)

Unidentified artist of The Australian Ballet in costume as a jester from Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 58)

Artists and staff of The Australian Ballet on stage set for Romeo and Juliet during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 59)

Edna Edgley and Steven Heathcote in costume for the Australian Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet, with Maina Gielgud during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 60)

Curtain call for The Australian Ballet production of Graduation Ball during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 61)

Artists of The Australian Ballet on stage in costume for Graduation Ball on the night of the final performance at the Odessa Opera House [1] - (see also 176), 1988 (Item 62)

Fiona Tonkin, Colin Peasley and artists in costume for the Australian Ballet production of Graduation Ball at the Odessa Opera House, 1988 (Item 63)

Artists of The Australian Ballet on stage in costume for Graduation Ball during the 1988 tour [1] (see also 177), 1988 (Item 64)

Fiona Tonkin and artists of The Australian Ballet in costume for Graduation Ball during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 65)

Curtain call for the Australian Ballet performance of Graduation Ball during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 66)

Artists and staff of The Australian Ballet in the Soviet Union waiting for transport during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 67)

Unidentified beach in the Soviet Union during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 68)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and colleague in the gardens of the Summer Palace, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 69)

The gardens of the Summer Palace, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [1], 1988 (Item 70)

The gardens of the Summer Palace, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [2], 1988 (Item 71)

The gardens of the Summer Palace, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [3], 1988 (Item 72)

The Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, displaying photograph of Olga Preobajenska, 1988 (Item 73)

Christine Walsh and Steven Heathcote at the Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 74)

The Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [1], 1988 (Item 75)

The Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [2], 1988 (Item 76)

Garry Norman and Tamara Tchinarova Finch at the Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 77)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Mary Duchesne in the Museum of the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 78)

Unidentified woman in front of Ballet Russe posters at the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 79)

Ballet Russe posters at the Vaganova Academy, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 80)

Christine Walsh and unidentified woman in front of the mirror outside the dressing rooms in the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 81)

Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman in the Vaganova Academy Studio, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 82)

The Vaganova Academy Studio, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 83)

Colin Peasley in the Vaganova Academy Studio, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 84)

Stage electricians in the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 85)

William Akers on the stage of the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 86)

Maina Gielgud, Colin Peasley and unidentified man on the stage of the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 87)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and unidentified dancer on the stage of the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 88)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, William Akers, and colleagues on the stage of the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 89)

Sir Robert and Lady Southey on the stage of the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, 1988 (Item 90)

Artists of The Australian Ballet on the steps of the Ukraina Hotel, Moscow, 1988 (Item 91)

Elizabeth Toohey and David McAllister outside the Ukraina Hotel, Moscow, 1988 (Item 92)

Maina Gielgud on stage set of Romeo and Juliet during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 93)

David McAllister, William Akers, unidentified artist, Maina Gielgud and Steven Heathcote during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 94)

William Akers and Ian McRae during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 95)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch with a Russian signals operator during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 96)

Unidentified artist in costume room during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 97)

Garry Norman and Mary Duchesne during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 98)

Picnic in Odessa Park to celebrate the birthday of Tamara Tchinarova Finch during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 99)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, William Akers and colleagues during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 100)

Greg Horsman and colleagues during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 101)

William Akers and friends during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 102)

Unidentified buildings in the Soviet Union during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 103)

Staircase of a theatre in The Soviet Union during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 104)

Museum in The Soviet Union during the Australian Ballet tour, 1988 (Item 105)

Street scene with unidentified plaque on a house in the Soviet Union during the Australian Ballet tour, 1988 (Item 106)

Fiona Tonkin and Russian artist in a studio during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 107)

Three unidentified people in a studio during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 108)

Christine Walsh, David Ashmole and artist in a studio during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 109)

Maina Gielgud and artist in a studio during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 110)

A class during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [1], 1988 (Item 111)

A class during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [2], 1988 (Item 112)

A class during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [3], 1988 (Item 113)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Elizabeth Toohey with Sir Robert Southey and inidentified woman during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 114)

Christine Walsh and colleagues relaxing during Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 115)

Miranda Coney and colleagues during Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 116)

Mary Duchesne, William Akers and unidentified man during Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 117)

Maina Gielgud and Paul de Masson during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [1], 1988 (Item 118)

Maina Gielgud and Paul de Masson during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [2], 1988 (Item 119)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch on the steps of a theatre during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 120)

David Ashmole and Lisa Pavane rehearsing Suite en Blanc during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [1], 1988 (Item 121)

David Ashmole and Lisa Pavane rehearsing Suite en Blanc during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour [2], 1988 (Item 122)

Artists of The Australian Ballet rehearsing Suite en Blanc during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 123)

Artists of The Australian Ballet rehearsing Suite en Blanc with Colin Peasley during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 124)

Two artists of The Australian Ballet in costume for Suite en Blanc on the steps of a theatre during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 125)

Christine Walsh and David Ashmole with Pamela May on the opening night of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 126)

David McAllister and Elizabeth Toohey with Dame Ninette de Valois on the opening night of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 127)

Artists of The Australian Ballet with Noel Smith and Dame Ninette de Valois on the opening night of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 128)

David McAllister and Elizabeth Toohey in costume as the Blue Birds and Sian Stokes as Carabosse, with Ulrike Lytton (injured) and Dame Ninette de Valois on the opening night of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1988 (Item 129)

Two artists of The Australian Ballet in costumes for Sleeping Beauty, posing outdoors during The Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 130)

22 photographs of the Royal Ballet taken by a Kirov photographer, 1988 (Item 131)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch interpreting for Princess Margaret at a gala in aid of Armenian earthquake victims, 1989 (Item 132)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch interpreting at a gala in aid of Armenian earthquake victims, with Lord Sainsbury and Jeremy Isaacs, 1989 (Item 133)

Irek Mukhamedov and Boris Akimov with Tamara Tchinarova Finch at her home in London, c.1990 (Item 134)

Dame Alicia Markova giving the Nijinska Centenary lecture at Covent Garden, with John Drummond and Tamara Tchinarova Finch, 1991 (Item 135)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Tamara Tchinarova Finch, 1995 (Item 136)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch interpreting for Trevor Nunn and Elena Prokina at Covent Garden, 1995 (Item 137)

Tom Merrifield bronze sculpture of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Schéhérazade, 1999 (Item 138)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Irina Baronova at a Ballets Russes Reunion, New Orleans, 2000 (Item 139)

Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska during the making of a documentary film at a Ballets Russes reunion, Los Angeles, 2000 (Item 140)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Irina Baronova during the making of a documentary film at a Ballets Russes reunion, Los Angeles, 2000 (Item 141)

Australian Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath [1], c.1944 (Item 142)

Australian Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath [2], c.1944 (Item 143)

Australian Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath [3], c.1944 (Item 144)

Australian Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath [4a], c.1944 (Item 145 (a))

Australian Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land during expedition by Peter Finch and George Heath [4b], c.1944 (Item 145 (b))

Peter Finch with Ralph Truman and another actor in Eureka Stockade, 1947 (Item 146)

Peter Finch with Al Thomas and five Australian Aboriginal men on the set of Eureka Stockade, Singleton, 1947 (Item 147)

Peter Finch with Tamara Tchinarova Finch during the filming of Eureka Stockade, Singleton, 1947 (Item 148)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Peter Finch, c.1950 (Item 149)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Peter Finch, 1951 (Item 150)

Portrait (head and torso) of Peter Finch, 1951 (Item 151)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of Peter Finch, c.1951 (Item 152)

Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, 1952 (Item 153)

Peter Finch with other cast members in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, 1952 (Item 154)

Peter Finch and Richard Todd in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, 1952 (Item 155)

Peter Finch talking to Max Berman on the set of The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, 1952 (Item 156)

Peter Finch, Michael Hordern and Charles Morgan in Train of Events, 1952 (Item 157)

Portrait (full length) of Peter Finch as Richard D'Oyly Carte in Mr Gilbert and Mr Sullivan ('The Great Gilbert and Sullivan'), 1953 (Item 158)

Studio portrait of Tamara Tchinarova Finch in costume for Choreartium, Ballets Russes, c.1935 (Item 159)

Annotated verso: 'Choreartium 1935/6 (should not have had red nail polish on)'.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Vera Nelidova, Galina Razoumova and Tamara Grigorieva in The Good-Humoured Ladies, Ballets Russes, 1930s (Item 160)

Serge Grigoriev, Michel Fokine and Fokine's wife Vera during the Covent Garden Russian Ballet tour, 1938/1939 (Item 161)

Serge Bousloff and Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Le Carnaval, Borovansky Ballet, c.1945 (Item 162)

Curtain call for Borovansky Ballet production of Le Beau Danube, c.1945 (Item 163)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Serge Bousloff with artists of the Borovansky Ballet in Le Beau Danube, c.1945 (Item 164)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch in Schéhérazade, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 165)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch and Edna Busse in costume in their dressing room, Borovansky Ballet, c.1946 (Item 166)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, in costume for the mazurka, with Xenia Borovansky before a Borovansky Ballet production of Coppélia, c.1946 (Item 167)

Portrait (head and shoulders) of William (Bill) Akers, c.1975 (Item 168)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch with Alicia Markova and Galina Ulanova, after interpreting a lecture by Ulanova, 1986 (Item 169)

Anthony Dowell and Tamara Tchinarova Finch (as interpreter) on stage at the Kirov Theatre Leningrad after the final performance of the Royal Ballet tour of the Soviet Union, 1987 (Item 170)

Annotated verso with detail by Tchinarova Finch.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch acting as interpreter for Yuri Gregorovich on stage at Covent Garden, London, c.1988 (Item 171)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, William Akers and colleagues in the gardens of the Summer Palace, Leningrad, during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 172)

Maina Gielgud during the Australian Ballet 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 173)

Annotated verso with detail by Tchinarova Finch.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch with colleagues and artists of the Australian Ballet at the Odessa Opera House during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 174)

Artists of the Australian Ballet on stage in costume for Graduation Ball, with Tamara Tchinarova Finch, on the last night at the Odessa Opera House during the 1988 tour, 1988 (Item 175)

Artists of The Australian Ballet on stage in costume for Graduation Ball on the night of the final performance at the Odessa Opera House [2] (see also Item 62), 1988 (Item 176)

Artists of The Australian Ballet on stage in costume for Graduation Ball during the 1988 tour [2] (see also Item 64), 1988 (Item 177)

William (Bill) Constable with his last painting, c.1989 (Item 178)

Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman in Maina Gielgud's production of Sleeping Beauty, The Australian Ballet, 1990 (Item 179)

Christmas card from the Australian Ballet.

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Irina Baronova and Igor Belsky at the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg, 1992 (Item 180)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Irina Baronova and Marina Vivien (curator of the Vaganova Museum) at the Vaganova Academy, St Petersbury [1], 1993 (Item 181)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Irina Baronova and Marina Vivien (curator of the Vaganova Museum) at the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg [2], 1993 (Item 182)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch with Ludmila Semenyaka, Prima Ballerina Kirov Ballet, 1993 (Item 183)

Tamara Tchinarova Finch during a lecture tour in St Petersburg, 1993 (Item 184)

Series 6. Correspondence, 1955-2004

Including letters from Finch to Michelle Potter, and letters to Finch from Edouard Borovansky, Bill Constable, Arnold Haskell, Maina Gielgud, Hector MacQuarrie, Ian McRae, Noel M. Pelly, Lady Potter, Lady Tait and Joan Trunoff.

One folder.

Series 7. Writings and research

Manuscripts and typescripts of writings by Finch, including 'History of dance, ballet', 'Portrait of Elizabeth Toohey and David McAllister', 'The Australian Ballet tours Soviet Russia' and others; together with an article not written by Finch, entitled 'The lucky country'

One folder.

Series 8. Sound recordings, 1994

Audio cassette featuring the radio program 'Tribute to Borovansky', Radio National, 24 September 1994.

One piece.

Radio National Australia, Arts national 24/9/94, "Tribute to Borovansky", 1994 (Item NLA.MS-SAV004894) - Cassette-Box 273

Dimensions

Sony EF90

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

Container List

Series File Box
1 1-2 1
2 1-6 1
2 7-10 2
2 11-12 3
2 13 4
2 14 Folio Box 1
2 15 8
3 1-2 5
3 3-7 Folio Box 1
3 8 8
4 1-4 5
4 5 6
4 6-7 7
4 8 Folio Box 1
4 9 8
5 1-184 Folio Box 2
6 1 8
7 1 8
8 1 8

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