Borovansky, Edouard (1902-1959)

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Borovansky, Edouard
Borovansky, Eduard Josef (1902-1959)
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ballet director; 9002
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Edouard Borovansky (1902-1959), ballet director, was born on 24 February 1902 at Prerov, Moravia (Czech Republic), seventh child of Frantisek Skrecek, railway clerk, and his wife Arnosta. He was christened...

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Edouard Borovansky was a ballet director who also painted and sketched. A collection of his original works, including an ink portrait of Wassily de Basil are now in the National Library of Australia.

painter, sketcher and ballet director, has a collection of original work in National Library of Australia (Geoffrey Ingram Archive of Australian Ballet, Pictorial Col. R10988). It includes an ink portrait of Wassily de Basil c.1935, reproduced NLA News April 2001, p.14. His drawings and paintings have been digitised as part of the NLA’s image digitisation project, Images 1. This entry is a stub. You can help the DAAO by submitting a biography. ...

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  • fl. c.1935 -

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Czech-born Edouard Borovansky came to Australia in 1929 as a dancer with the company of Anna Pavlova. He returned in 1938 with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet but elected to remain in Australia at the conclusion of the tour in 1939. With his wife Xenia he established a ballet school in Melbourne and eventually a ballet company variously called the Borovansky Ballet, the Borovansky Australian Ballet Company, the Borovansky Ballet of 40 and the Borovansky Jubilee Ballet.

The company's first fully professional season was in 1944 when Borovansky received backing from the J. C. Williamson organisation. Prior to that Borovansky had staged a number of seasons in Melbourne for which he received a fee and in which some principals were paid. He had also presented many studio performances, beginning in 1940, in which original choreography was presented by a range of artists including Borovansky himself, Xenia Borovansky, Laurel Martyn and Dorothy Stevenson. His first foray into public presentation was probably the 'First Season of Ballet', staged by the National Theatre Movement in 1939. In that program Borovansky shared the evening with other Melbourne dance teachers Jennie Brenan, Elsie James and Lucie Saronova. Borovansky was naturalised as an Australian in 1946.

Borovansky choreographed a number of works for his company. Some, like The Black Swan, Terra Australis and The Outlaw, were overtly Australian in theme, others, like Vltava and Fantasy on Grieg's Concerto in A minor drew on Borovansky's European heritage for inspiration. He also mounted the classics including Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Princess and Nutcracker, the latter being choreographed and staged for Borovansky by David Lichine. In the early years of his company he encouraged choreography from members of his own company and both Laurel Martyn and Dorothy Stevenson made works for him. Later, choreographers who worked for him included company members Paul Grinwis and Robert Pomié. David Lichine was also commissioned to create an original ballet. The result was Corrida, which premiered on 17 February 1956.

Borovansky died in December 1959. Despite the reputation he had for being difficult at times, his contribution to dance in Australia is inestimable. He provided Australian audiences with their main exposure to Western theatrical dance for two decades and paved the way for the development of a national company. At the Australian Dance Awards in 1999 he was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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  1. Self portrait of Edouard Borovansky / Borovansky
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1948-1955 ]
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  2. Edouard Borovansky in Capriccio Italien, Borovansky Ballet, ca. 1943
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
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  3. Eulogy for Borovansky and Robert Helpmann, ballet dancers / delivered by, William Akers
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Sound : 1988 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Portrait of Irina Baronova [Edouard Borovansky]
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1938-1949 ]
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    Portrait of Irina Baronova [Edouard Borovansky]
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  5. Portrait of Xenia Borovansky / Boro
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1948 ]
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  6. Portrait of Edna Busse [Edouard Borovansky]
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1948 ]
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  7. [Portrait of Serge Grigorieff] [Edouard Borovansky]
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1935-1938 ]
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  8. Peggy Sager as the Spirit of Australia and Martin Rubinstein as the Explorer in "Terra Australis", choreographed by Edouard Borovansky, Borovansky Ballet, Melbourne, 1946 / Jean Stewart
    Stewart, Jean, 1921-
    [ Photograph : 1946 ]
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    Peggy Sager as the Spirit of Australia and Martin Rubinstein as the Explorer in "Terra Australis", choreographed by Edouard Borovansky, Borovansky Ballet, Melbourne, 1946 / Jean Stewart
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  9. Laurel Martyn as Remorse in Fantasy on Grieg's Concerto in A minor, Borovansky Ballet, ca. 1945
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Photograph : 1945 ]
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    Laurel Martyn as Remorse in Fantasy on Grieg's Concerto in A minor, Borovansky Ballet, ca. 1945
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  10. Portrait of Laurel Martyn [Edouard Borovansky]
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1941-1949 ]
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  1. Borovansky, the man who made Australian ballet / Frank Salter
    Salter, Frank
    [ Book : 1980 ]
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  2. Self portrait of Edouard Borovansky / Borovansky
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Art work : 1948-1955 ]
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  3. [Biographical cuttings on Edouard Borovansky, ballet dancer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
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  4. Edouard Borovansky in Capriccio Italien, Borovansky Ballet, ca. 1943
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Photograph : 1943 ]
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  5. Borovansky ballet in Australia and New Zealand / by Norman Macgeorge ; assisted by artists, musicians and dancers
    Macgeorge, Norman, 1872-1952
    [ Book : 1947 ]
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  6. Eulogy for Borovansky and Robert Helpmann, ballet dancers / delivered by, William Akers
    Borovansky, Edouard, 1902-1959
    [ Sound : 1988 ]
    At National Library
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  7. [Caricature portrait of Edouard Borovansky] Frith
    Frith, John E., 1906-2000
    [ Art work : 1957 ]
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  8. Edouard Borovansky and friends
    [ Photograph : 1944 ]
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  9. Giselle and other ballets : [a pictorial record of the Borovansky Ballet] / photographed by Steele, Auckland
    Steele
    [ Book : 1945 ]
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  10. Portrait of Edouard Borovansky, 1930s
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    Edouard Borovansky's ballet Vltava premiered at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, on 9 December 1940 as part of the first season of the Borovansky Australian Ballet Company. Danced to the sym...

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