In honour of The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary in 2012, test your knowledge about our country’s premier ballet company.
By Rain Francis
Who was the founding Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet?
a) Irina Baronova
b) Erik Bruhn
c) Dame Peggy van Praagh
d) Anne Woolliams
Who is the current Artistic Director?
a) David McAllister
b) Garry Stewart
c) Maina Gielgud
d) Danilo Radojevic
Which of the following is not being performed by the company this year?
a) Romeo and Juliet
b) The Merry Widow
Who created The Silver Rose for The Australian Ballet in 2010?
a) Graeme Murphy
b) Phillip Adams
c) Tim Harbour
d) Christopher Wheeldon
Which Principal Artist is not a graduate of the Australian Ballet School?
a) Lucinda Dunn
b) Lana Jones
c) Robert Curran
d) Andrew Killian
Last year the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award was won by two dancers in a tie – an historic first. Who were these two dancers?
a) Brett Chynoweth and Amy Harris
b) Rudy Hawkes and Robyn Hendricks
c) Laura Tong and Andrew Wright
d) Ty King-Wall and Dana Stephensen
Which dancer was promoted to Principal Artist this year?
a) Rachel Rawlins
b) Amber Scott
c) Lana Jones
d) Madeleine Eastoe
The Australian Ballet was formed after the disbanding of which company?
a) Sydney Dance Company
b) The Melbourne Ballet
c) The van Praagh Ballet Company
d) The Borovansky Ballet
What was the first season performed by The Australian Ballet?
a) Swan Lake
b) The Nutcracker
c) The Sleeping Beauty
Sir Robert Helpmann, with Rudolph Nureyev, directed which 1973 film?
b) The Red Shoes
c) Don Quixote
d) Mao’s Last Dancer
1 – c, 2 – a, 3 – d, 4 – a, 5 – a, 6 – d, 7 – b, 8 – d, 9 – a, 10 – c
Top photo: Australian Ballet dancer Robyn Hendricks. Photo by Georges Antoni