1. List: The Display (1964 - )
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    The Display was the first ballet that Robert Helpmann choreographed for the Australian Ballet. With original music by Malcolm Williamson and costumes and set by Sidney Nolan, it premiered at the Adelaide Festival on 14 March 1964 with Kathleen Gorham as the Female, Garth Welch as the Outsider, Bryan Lawrence as the Leader, and Barry Kitcher as the Male (the Lyrebird). Helpmann conceived the idea for a ballet based on the habits of the lyrebird on a visit to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges when Katharine Hepburn, in Australia in 1955 on tour with the Old Vic company, took him there because she wanted to see a lyrebird dancing. Helpmann eventually dedicated the ballet to Hepburn.

    The Display explored ideas of hostility and aggression in Australian society and its name refers to the mating dance of the lyrebird, for which the ornithological term is 'display'. The work was an important milestone for the Australian Ballet and the Australian-ness of the work was the source of much positive comment. Nolan's designs were particularly successful. One contemporary reviewer remarked: 'The ballet's decor, by the painter Sidney Nolan, not merely recreates the haunt of the lyrebird. It is the deep, rich mysterious gloom of a sunlight shafted Australian rainforest with the pillars of its ghostly white gums rising through its depths'.

    The Display was a staple in the Australian Ballet repertoire in the early years of the company's history and it was toured extensively in Australia and overseas. The work was revived by the Australian Ballet in 1983 when new costumes were created for it by fashion designer Adele Weiss.

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  1. Marilyn Rowe in The display / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1967-1998 ]
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    Marilyn Rowe in The display / Don McMurdo
  2. Dale Baker in The display, 1983 / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1983 ]
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    Dale Baker in The display, 1983 / Don McMurdo
  3. Sir Sidney Nolan beneath one of his lyrebird costumes designed for The Australian Ballet, 1987 / John McKinnon
    McKinnon, John photographer
    [ Photograph : 1987 ]
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    Sir Sidney Nolan beneath one of his lyrebird costumes designed for The Australian Ballet, 1987 / John McKinnon
  4. Headdress and make-up for The Male (The Lyrebird) in the Australian Ballet production of The Display, 1964 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1964 ]
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    Headdress and make-up for The Male (The Lyrebird) in the Australian Ballet production of The Display, 1964 / Walter Stringer
  5. Papers of Robert Helpmann
    Helpmann, Robert Sir, 1909-1986
    [ Unpublished : 1933-1986 ]
    At National Library
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    2010-08-20 15:38:16.0

    A description of the scope of the collection and a detailed contents list is available at MS 7161 - Papers of Sir Robert Helpmann (1909-1986)

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  6. Robert Helpmann interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection
    Helpmann, Robert Sir, 1909-1986
    [ Sound : 1964-1974 ]
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  7. Bill Akers interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Akers, Bill (William Arthur), 1929-2010
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
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  8. Interview with Colin Peasley, ballet dancer and choreographer, foundation member of the Australian Ballet / interviewer, Bill Stephens
    Peasley, Colin, 1934-
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    At National Library
  9. Symphony Australia collection of music scores and parts
    Symphony Australia
    [ Printed music : 1910-1979 ]
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    At National Library
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    2010-08-20 15:47:58.0

    This collection incluces Malcolm Williamson's score for The Display.

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  10. Web page: A Dash of Helpmann
    http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2002/oct02/article1.html
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    2010-08-20 15:50:53.0

    Article by Michelle Potter in National Library of Australia News.

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  11. Australian Ballet.
  12. Gorham, Kathleen Ann (1928-1983)
    dancer; Dancer
  13. Helpmann, Robert, (Sir) (1909-1986)
    ballet dancer; actor; producer; director; choreographer
  14. Lawrence, Bryan (1936-)
  15. Nolan, Sidney, (Sir) (1917-1992)
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  16. Welch, Garth (1936-)