Brolga 16 an Australian journal about dance

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In This Article


  • Madame Ballet by Ffion Murphy
  • Ted Brandsen: a late starter moving fast by Maggi Phillips
  • The cost of dancing the dream: Linley Wilson and Alison Lee by Lynn Fisher
  • The 1964 tour by Kira Bousloff (as told to Val Green)
  • Brief thoughts: from an interview recorded in Perth in 1990 by Barry Moreland
  • Crazy link-ups all over the place: Russian blood, modernity & WA by Maggi Phillips
  • The more things change...West Australian Ballet 1952 – 1982 by Susan Whitford


Madame Ballet

Kira Bousloff's name is synonympous wth ballet in Western Australia. She was a consumate performer and a personality to be reckoned with. This paper proposes that she saw her life as romance or fairytale, and tended to ignore the historical, political and cultural complexities of her creative enterprise.

The 1964 tour

This story of the West Australian Ballet Company’s 1964 tour of the Northern Territory and the north-west of Western Australia is taken from a manuscript held in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The provenance of the document is not clear but it is attributed to Kira Bousloff ‘as told to Val Green’ in 1964.

The more things change…WAB 1952 – 1982

Susan Whitford explores the home-grown nature of West Australian Ballet and the outward-looking strategies that the company embraced. WAB experienced a long list of significant directors and choreographers (both Australian and international) who led the company from strength to strength.