Andrew Montana is a senior lecturer and researcher in art history at the Australian National University. A PhD graduate of Melbourne University, he is the author of many articles on art and design, most recently the chapter ‘Exhibiting art for ballet and theatre: a cultural legacy’ for the interdisciplinary, illustrated anthology The Ballet Russes in Australia and Beyond (2011). He is currently preparing a cultural biography of the lives and work of Loudon Sainthill and Harry Tatlock Miller.
Art historian Andrew Montana presents his perspective on the designs the young Australian artist Loudon Sainthill made for the ballets of the beautiful Russian ballerina, Nina Verchinina. The story of this collaboration, and the fate of Verchinina as choreographer is intriguing.