Powell, Ray (1925-2003)

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English-born Ray Powell joined the Sadler's Wells Ballet School in 1940, which led to a career as a dancer with the Sadler's Wells and Royal Ballets. In 1962, at the request of Peggy van Praagh, he came to Australia, initially on six months leave from the Royal Ballet, as ballet master to the newly established Australian Ballet. Over the course of the next twenty years he not only worked as ballet master but staged a number ballets, including some of his own choreographies, and appeared in many character roles in company productions.

As a character dancer with the Australian Ballet, Powell was especially well known for roles such as Bootface in Lady and the Fool, Sancho Panza in Don Quixote, the Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardee, Njegus in The Merry Widow and Dr Coppelius in Coppelia. His original works for the Australian Ballet included Just for Fun made for the company's premiere season in 1962, Roundelay created in 1964 to a commissioned score by James Penberthy and with designs by John Brack, Symphony in Gold made in 1969 for the Australian Ballet School and taken into the company repertoire in 1970, and Beethoven Dances created for Elaine Fifield in 1971.

Powell was appointed associate director with the Australian Ballet in 1972, a position he shared with Bryan Ashbridge. He retired from the Australian Ballet in 1982 and from 1985 onwards was closely associated with the Australian Ballet School both as a teacher and adviser. He returned to the stage on many occasions as a guest artist with the Australian Ballet. His final appearances were in 2002 when he performed with the Australian Ballet in Beyond 40, the company's 40th anniversary celebration.

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  1. Ray Powell / research & interview, James Murdoch ; producer, Peter Campbell
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Video : 1990 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.433)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.433)

  2. Ray Powell interviewed by Bill Stephens
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
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    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.035)

  3. Interview with Ray Powell, ballet dancer, dancing master and choreographer / Interviewer: Bill Stephens
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Sound : 1993 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [3] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [3] Walter Stringer
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  5. Beverly Dean in Ray Powell's One in Five, the Australian Ballet, 1962 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Beverly Dean in Ray Powell's One in Five, the Australian Ballet, 1962 / Walter Stringer
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  6. Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's One in Five, 1962 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's One in Five, 1962 / Walter Stringer
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  7. Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [1] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [1] Walter Stringer
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  8. Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [2] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Artists of the Australian Ballet in Ray Powell's Just for Fun, 1962 [2] Walter Stringer
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  9. Peter Condon in Ray Powell's One in Five, the Australian Ballet, 1962 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    Peter Condon  in Ray Powell's One in Five, the Australian Ballet, 1962 / Walter Stringer
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  10. La fille mal gardée / Frederick Ashton's production
    Hérold, Ferdinand, 1791-1833
    [ Video : 1981-2008 ]
    Languages: English;French, [1 other]
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    At 24 libraries
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  1. Ray Powell / research & interview, James Murdoch ; producer, Peter Campbell
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Video : 1990 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.432)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.432)

  2. Ray Powell interviewed by Bill Stephens
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
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    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.717)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.717)

  3. Interview with Ray Powell, ballet dancer, dancing master and choreographer / Interviewer: Bill Stephens
    Powell, Ray, 1925-2003
    [ Sound : 1993 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.753)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.753)

  4. Ray Powell, The Gravedigger in Hamlet / Anthony
    Anthony, Gordon, 1902-1989
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1940 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.694)

  5. Ray Powell [as] The Tutor [in] Lac des Cygnes / Anthony
    Anthony, Gordon, 1902-1989
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1940 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.647)

  6. [Portrait of Ray Powell, Australian ballet master and Karl Welander in class, the Australian Ballet]
    [ Photograph : 1960 ]
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    [Portrait of Ray Powell, Australian ballet master and Karl Welander in class, the Australian Ballet]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.86)

  7. Ray Powell [?] as the Widow Simone in the Australian Ballet production of La Fille mal gardée, 1970s / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1970-1979 ]
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    Ray Powell [?] as the Widow Simone in the Australian Ballet production of La Fille mal gardée, 1970s / Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.781)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.781)

  8. Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [1] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    At National Library
    Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [1] Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.767)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.767)

  9. Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [2] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
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    At National Library
    Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [2] Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.755)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.755)

  10. The end, Ray Powell as Bootface in the Lady and the fool [Walter Stringer]
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
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    The end, Ray Powell as Bootface in the Lady and the fool [Walter Stringer]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.109)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.109)

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  1. Fifield, Elaine (1930-1999)
    ... from 1969. During Fifield's time with the Australian Ballet, Ray Powell created ...
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  2. Penberthy, James (1917-1999)
    ... ). In 1964 his work The Little Man was choreographed by Ray Powell ...
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  1. Just for Fun (1962 - )
    Just for Fun (1962 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 10 items.

    Just for Fun was choreographed and designed by Ray Powell for the Australian Ballet's inaugural season. It premiered in Sydney on 18 December 1962. Danced to a selection of music by Shosta...

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  2. The Merry Widow (1975 - )
    The Merry Widow (1975 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 16 items.

    With scenario and staging by Robert Helpmann and choreography by Ronald Hynd, The Merry Widow premiered on 13 November 1975 at the Palais Theatre, Melbourne. The opening night cast was led...

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  3. Don Quixote (Australian context)
    Don Quixote (Australian context)
    Created by NLAdance, 19 items.

    A ballet based on the novel Don Quixote by Cervantes first made its appearance in Australia on 5 April 1926. A two act version with choreography by Laurent Novikoff after Petipa was perfor...

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  1. Ray Powell, The Gravedigger in Haml...
    Anthony, Gordon...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1940 ]
  2. Ray Powell [as] The Tutor [in] Lac ...
    Anthony, Gordon...
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1940 ]
  3. [Portrait of Ray Powell, Australian...
    [ Photograph : 1960 ]
    [Portrait of Ray Powell, Australian ballet master and Karl Welander in class, the Australian Ballet]
  4. Ray Powell [?] as the Widow Simone ...
    Stringer, Walte...
    [ Photograph : 1970-1979 ]
    Ray Powell [?] as the Widow Simone in the Australian Ballet production of La Fille mal gardée, 1970s / Walter Stringer
  5. Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powe...
    Stringer, Walte...
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
    Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [2] Walter Stringer
  6. Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powe...
    Stringer, Walte...
    [ Photograph : 1962 ]
    Garth Welch as Moondog and Ray Powell as Bootface in John Cranko's Lady and the Fool, the Australian Ballet, 1962 [1] Walter Stringer
  1. Ernest Giles : explorer and traveller, 1835-1897 / Ray Ericksen
    Ericksen, Ray, 1919-
    [ Book : 1978-1997 ]
    At 67 libraries
    Ernest Giles : explorer and traveller, 1835-1897 / Ray Ericksen
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  2. Clouds and sunshine / Ray Powell
    Powell, Ray
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    Clouds and sunshine / Ray Powell
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  3. The management of organizations / Herbert G. Hicks, C. Ray Gullett
    Hicks, Herbert G
    [ Book : 1971-1976 ]
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    The management of organizations / Herbert G. Hicks, C. Ray Gullett
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  4. Accounting procedures for institutions / Ray M. Powell
    Powell, Ray M
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Accounting procedures for institutions / Ray M. Powell
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  1. Ray
    Universal Pictures
    [ Video : 2004-2005 ]
    Languages: English;French;Icelandic;Arabic, [17 others]
    At 41 libraries
    Ray
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  2. I hear you calling me Tennessee / lyric by Powell I. Ford ; music by Ray Russell
    Russell, Ray
    [ Printed music : 1910-1929 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  3. My guy's come back / words by Ray McKinley ; music by Mel Powell
    Powell, Mel
    [ Printed music : 1945 ]
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    At 2 libraries
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  4. The genius of Bud Powell
    Powell, Bud
    [ Sound : 1950-1988 ]
    Languages: English;No linguistic content;N/A;Japanese, [3 others]
    At 6 libraries
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  1. Full Results Of Trinity College Examinations
    The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Wednesday 18 November 1936 p 9 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
    ... : Meryl Little. Junior Elocution, honors: Ray Little. Advanced Preparatory, Elocution, honors: Joy Darcy ... , Joan Gorard. Pass: Eileen Powell Preparatory Violin, honors' Cecily F Hammond. Preparatory, Percussion ... 6035 words
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  2. POWELL — GIBBONS
    Western Herald (Bourke, NSW : 1887 - 1970) Friday 20 January 1956 p 6 Article
    ... POWELL - GIBBONS At St. Ignatius' Catholic Church, Bourke, on nthDecember, Miss Doreen Gibbons ... Powell (son of Mrs. & late Mr. Powell, of Wagga). The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Carmine ... 436 words
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  3. Powell—Baker.
    The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) Saturday 30 October 1909 p 12 Article
    ... both Ihe gifts :'of the bridegroom. Mr. Ray Powell supported his brother as best man. At the conclusion ... Powell—Baker. The marriage of Mr. A. E. Powell, Ivanhoe Downs, Morven, and Miss Winifred M. Baker ... 270 words
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Ray Powell, Australian ballet master, 1962-1982, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  2. Keith Powell Oral History Recordings
    Powell, Keith
    [ Unpublished : 1990-1999 ]
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  3. X-ray report
    Powell, Arthur Hunter (Major, DSO, MID, 4th Fld Ambul AIF b. 1888 d. 1974)
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  1. The Iliad
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    [ Book, Microform, Audio book, Article : 1517-2014 ]
    Languages: English;Greek, Ancient (to 1453);Latin;Greek, Modern (1453- ), [22 others]
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  2. The hobbit, or, There and back again / by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973
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  3. Instantaneous reproductive effort in female American oysters, Crassostrea virginica, measured by a new immunoprecipitation assay
    Kwang-Sik Choi; Powell, Eric N; Lewis, Donald H; Ray, Sammy M
    The Biological Bulletin
    [ Map, Article : 1994 ]
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