Dr Mark Carroll is a lecturer and researcher at the Elder Conservatorium, and is Co-Director of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice. Mark has extensive experience as both a scholar and classical and pop music performer. His research activities range from music and politics (Music and Ideology in Cold War Europe [Cambridge: CUP, 2003]) to Percy Grainger (Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger, with Malcolm Gillies and David Pear [New York: OUP, 2006), and studies in contemporary popular music. Carroll works closely with The Australian Ballet, and was Chief Investigator for a large Australian Research Council Linkage project that brought together the Elder Conservatorium, The Australian Ballet and the National Library, in order to trace the profound impact of tours to Australia by the acclaimed Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet) dance companies during the 1930s. Mark is series editor of the Ashgate Library of Essays on Music, Politics and Society.
Dr Mark Carroll describes the people, press and politics in Adelaide when Colonel Wassily de Basil arrived for the first Australian tour of his Ballet Russes in 1936.
In this peer-reviewd article, Dr Mark Carroll (lecturer at Elder Conservatorium of Music) talks eloquently about the cultural effects of the Australian visits of the de Basil Ballet Russes, focusing on the symphonic ballets of Leonide Massine.