Australian Ballet, The - Corroboree


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1951, 10 Minutes. Exempt from classification.

An early attempt by the National Theatre Ballet Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to synthesize elements of traditional Aboriginal dance and ceremony into a formal, contemporary ballet. Inspired by composer John Antill’s best known work which was based on an authentic corroboree that he had witnessed as a child, the ballet was commissioned by the Arts Council of Australia and was choreographed by Rex Reid.

This is the film of the world premiere of Corroboree in Sydney, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rehearsal, design and preparation that went into it.

Produced by the Department of the Interior for the Australian National Film Board. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Producer: John Martin Jones

Year: 1951

Running Time: 10 Minutes

Featured People: Rex Reid (choreographer), William Constable (set design), Arvid Fibigs, Aina Reega (Latvian-Australian dancers)

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Composition and Musicology; Fine Arts - Dance Performance; Ballet Studies; History of Australian Ballet; The Development of Dance in Australia; Performing Arts.


Australian Biography: Dame Margaret Scott



SKU 000039300
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