Robert Helpmann: A Rare Sense Of The Theatre Kathrine Sorley Walker

ISBN: 9781852731335

Published: September 10th 2009

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230 pages


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Robert Helpmann: A Rare Sense Of The Theatre  by  Kathrine Sorley Walker

Robert Helpmann: A Rare Sense Of The Theatre by Kathrine Sorley Walker
September 10th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 230 pages | ISBN: 9781852731335 | 7.71 Mb

Sir Robert Helpmann was a consummate man of the theatre, equally proficient as dancer or actor, in comedy or tragedy, and as choreographer or director. In this book, Kathrine Sorley Walker surveys a career which spanned more than five decades inMoreSir Robert Helpmann was a consummate man of the theatre, equally proficient as dancer or actor, in comedy or tragedy, and as choreographer or director. In this book, Kathrine Sorley Walker surveys a career which spanned more than five decades in multiple disciplines, surely a unique achievement in the annals of theatre.

An international career that embraced every aspect of the performing arts established Helpmann as a key figure in 20th century theatre. Born in Australia in 1909 to a family of English and Scottish origins, he was an integral participant, as a principal dancer and choreographer, in the development of British ballet. He also became a leading stage actor and director of plays and operas and had an acknowledged influence, as artistic director and choreographer of the Australian Ballet, on the cultural life of his native country.

He was knighted in 1968, and died in Sydney in 1986. A magnetic stage personality, Helpmanns versatility ranged from Shakespearean tragedy to inspired balletic comedy- a man of acute intelligence, energy and commitment, he is also fondly remembered by many for his incorrigible, and irresistible, sense of humour. Detailed appendices are included covering all Helpmanns stage, film, and television work.

Kathrine Sorley Walker is a British ballet critic and historian. She reviewed for many years for the London Daily Telegraph. Her books include De Basils Ballets Russes, Ninette de Valois: Idealist without Illusions, and Cyril W.Beaumont: Dance Writer and Publisher. She has contributed to the Dictionary of National Biography and Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as to journals such as Dance Chronicle (USA), The Dancing Times, Dance Now, Dance Expression and Dance International.



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