Edouard Borovansky


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(b Prerov, 24 Feb. 1902; d Sydney, 18 Dec. 1959)

Czech-Australian dancer, choreographer and director. He began his career in the corps de ballet at the National Theatre in Prague and joined Anna Pavlova's touring company in 1926, travelling to Australia in 1929. He was a soloist with Colonel de Basil's Russian ballet companies (1932–9) and again toured Australia in 1938. When the Second World War broke out, he remained in Australia, opening a ballet school in Melbourne and founding the Borovansky Australian Ballet which made its debut in 1940. During the 1940s and 1950s the company toured Australia, attracting international guests such as Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes. It was dissolved in 1961, two years after his death, but many of its dancers formed the nucleus of the Australian Ballet, founded by van Praagh in 1962.

Subjects: Dance.

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