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July 31, 1990 | SUSAN REITER
During the 1970s, the Australian Ballet was known to Americans as a mostly anonymous ensemble dancing behind such big-name stars as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. In fact, the last time the company performed in this country was in 1976, when it traveled with Fonteyn in Ronald Hynd's "The Merry Widow." As the 28-year-old troupe returns to the United States on a national tour that includes an Aug. 7-12 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, there will be no guest stars.
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August 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Makeup artist and cosmetics entrepreneur Napoleon Perdis has a new limited collection out that should make the wearer feel like Cinderella. The collection is inspired by the Australian Ballet's upcoming new version of  "Cinderella," set to Prokofiev's score but reimagined by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and with sets and costumes by French designer Jerome Kaplan. Perdis is a sponsor of the production, which is set to premiere in mid-September in Melbourne, and is the Australian Ballet's makeup partner, so a makeup collection based on the fairy-tale heroine seems like a natural.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1990
The Australian Ballet dances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center through Sunday on its maiden visit to Southern California. The program includes both classical and contemporary works. A full-length staging of "Giselle" will be paired with the U.S. premiere of a ballet by the young Australian dance maker Stephen Baynes through Friday. The troupe will perform a mixed repertory during the the last two days of their stay.
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December 5, 2012 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch , mother of News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, has died at her home outside Melbourne , Australia , at the age of 103. The matriarch of the world's most prominent media family was well-known in Australia for her philanthropy, and she remained active late into her life. News Corp. confirmed her death Wednesday. "Throughout her life, our mother demonstrated the very best qualities of true public service," Rupert Murdoch said in a statement published in the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal . "Her energy and personal commitment made our country a more hopeful place and she will be missed by many.
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August 10, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second set of principals could not entirely energize the Australian Ballet's production of "Giselle" Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. But at least the new dancers made Act II somewhat eventful and interesting. Fiona Tonkin brought wide-eyed naivete to Giselle, registering emotions broadly on her face. But she was so self-effacing and childlike that one could hardly credit Albrecht's interest in her.
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July 24, 1990 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Australian Ballet has announced casting for its Aug. 7 through 12 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Principal casting is as follows (performances are at 8 p.m., except as indicated): Aug. 7: "Catalyst" (Baynes/Poulenc): Lisa Pavane, Roy Wilson, Robert Marshall, Jayne Beddoe, Paula Baird, Greg Horsman. "Giselle" (Petipa after Perrot and Coralli/Adam): Pavane (Giselle), Horsman (Albrecht), Steven Heathcote (Hilarion), TBA (Myrta). Aug.
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August 2, 1990 | SUSAN REITER
When the Australian Ballet comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 7, there won't be any easily recognizable names leading the way. The focus, this time, is on young talent: the kind of talent that has been nurtured by Maina Gielgud, the company's artistic director since 1983; talent in which she has such confidence that she is fielding four casts of "Giselle," talent that has scored recent successes in such discriminating ballet capitals as Moscow and London.
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August 2, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Local balletomanes have endured a pointe-less summer since the Joffrey departed at the end of May. But all that changes on Tuesday, when two major classical ensembles open Southern California engagements: the Australian Ballet at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa and the Bolshoi Ballet at Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Each has announced its casting.
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January 12, 1990 | SUSAN REITER
Australian Ballet artistic director Maina Gielgud has outlined current repertory plans for the company's Aug. 7 through 12 engagement at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, part of its first tour of the United States in 14 years. Gielgud's 1986 staging of "Giselle" will share one program with Serge Lifar's "Suite en blanc" (music by Lalo), a virtuoso display piece choreographed in 1943 for the Paris Opera Ballet.
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August 5, 1990 | SUSAN REITER
During the 1970s, the Australian Ballet was known to Americans as a mostly anonymous ensemble dancing behind such big-name stars as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. In fact, the last time the 28-year-old company performed in this country was in 1976, when it traveled with Fonteyn in Ronald Hynd's "The Merry Widow." When it returns this week to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, there will be no guest stars.
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June 18, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Ross Stretton, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and later the artistic director of the Australian Ballet, as well as the Royal Ballet of London, has died. He was 53. Stretton died Thursday in Melbourne of melanoma, according to a statement from the Australian Ballet. A native of Canberra, Australia, he became interested in tap dancing as a teenager but changed his career plans after he discovered ballet.
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March 4, 2003 | Lewis Segal, Times Staff Writer
John Lanchbery, who helped upgrade music for ballet in a 55-year career of conducting, arranging and re-composing scores for many of the world's great companies, has died. He was 79. An artist who believed in attending rehearsals to learn how individual dancers think and what they need from their accompaniment, Lanchbery died of cancer Wednesday in a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, his home city.
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May 12, 1995 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, TIMES MUSIC / DANCE CRITIC
Don't look for much unity in "UNited We Dance," the optimistically labeled festival at the War Memorial Opera House. Helgi Tomasson, head of the San Francisco Ballet and host to dancing guests from a dozen nations, declared lofty aspirations at the outset. "I believe our festival will be a way," he said, "of acknowledging our differences and celebrating our similarities." So far, with nine companies heard from, the differences have far outweighed the similarities.
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August 13, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
Although Serge Lifar dominated French ballet for most of this century, he is virtually unknown in America--except, perhaps, as the dancer for whom George Balanchine created "Apollo" and "Prodigal Son." As a result, the Australian Ballet production of Lifar's 1943 "Suite en Blanc" comes as a revelation: authentic, vintage neoclassicism completely different from the celebrated achievements in that idiom by Balanchine and Frederick Ashton.
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August 10, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A second set of principals could not entirely energize the Australian Ballet's production of "Giselle" Wednesday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. But at least the new dancers made Act II somewhat eventful and interesting. Fiona Tonkin brought wide-eyed naivete to Giselle, registering emotions broadly on her face. But she was so self-effacing and childlike that one could hardly credit Albrecht's interest in her.
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August 9, 1990 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE WRITER
There's a passage early in the second act of the Australian Ballet "Giselle" where Ulrike Lytton's icy force as Myrta and John Lanchbery's swift, urgent conducting momentarily propel the company beyond glazed rectitude into something like glory. Here, in the allegro ensemble preceding Giselle's entrance from the grave, we watch the full potential of 19 women and the full power of "Giselle" as Romantic dance-drama mutually realized.
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August 8, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
Like tracing the outer edges of a spider's web, musing over a program of mixed ballet repertory almost inevitably leads centerward to the magical name of Sergei Diaghilev. Two works on the three-ballet weekend program the Australian Ballet will offer at the Orange County Performing Arts Center owe at least a loose debt to Diaghilev. The mixed bill will include Serge Lifar's abstract "Suite en blanc," David Lichine's comic "Graduation Ball" and Jiri Kylian's elegiac "Return to the Strange Land."
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August 1, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES
If every actor wants to play Hamlet, every ballerina wants to dance Giselle. The challenges of the role prove irresistible and are equaled by few other ballets. Giselle must range from innocent happiness and trust to heartbreak and madness in Act I, and she must suggest ethereal spirituality in Act II, all the time executing exacting dance steps.
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August 9, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES ORANGE COUNTY DANCE CRITIC
Making its first United States tour in 14 years, the Australian Ballet is bringing a mix of classical and modern works to the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa from Thursday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 12. First up are performances of the full-length ballet "Giselle," along with a new work, "Catalyst," by Australian choreographer Stephen Baynes, Thursday and Friday. The engagement will conclude with a program of mixed repertory on Saturday and Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1990
The Australian Ballet dances at the Orange County Performing Arts Center through Sunday on its maiden visit to Southern California. The program includes both classical and contemporary works. A full-length staging of "Giselle" will be paired with the U.S. premiere of a ballet by the young Australian dance maker Stephen Baynes through Friday. The troupe will perform a mixed repertory during the the last two days of their stay.
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