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Sir Robert Helpmann CBE (9 April 1909 – 28 September 1986) was an Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer.

Sir Robert Helpmann CBE (9 April 1909 – 28 September 1986) was an Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer. In 1926 he joined the touring dance company of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The introduction came via his father, who was on a business trip to Melbourne, where he met Pavlova who was dancing there. One of the many versions of the cause for his decision to change his surname from Helpman to Helpmann, was that Pavlova, a devotee of numerology, suggested that he should change his surname to avoid his name Robert Helpman having 13 letters. The highpoint of Helpmann's career as a dancer was the Sadler's Wells Ballet tour of the United States in 1949, with Fonteyn and Helpmann dancing the leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty. The production caused a sensation, which made the names of both the Royal Ballet and its two principals; public and press alike referred to them affectionately as Bobby and Margot.

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  1. Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev
    Legacy

    Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev

    £ 16.50

    This DVD features stunning performances of some of the most popular and enduring works in the ballet repertoire. Nadia Nerina is at her most charming and beguiling in Les Sylphides and Coppélia, while the pas de deux from Giselle showcases the legendary partnership that is Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in rare footage of one of their earliest collaborations.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics. More details

 

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