Woolliams, Anne (-1999)

Also known as
Woolliams, Anne (1926-1999)
Field of activity
Choreographer; Director; Dance Director; Production Designer; Devisor; Producer; Artistic Director; Regisseur; Production Manager
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35818894
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-571258

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Anne Woolliams is a British Choreographer, Director, Dance Director, Production Designer, Devisor, Producer, Artistic Director, Regisseur, Production Manager who is mentioned in 33 events in the AusStage database

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Born in Folkestone, Kent, Anne Woolliams took her first dance classes with a teacher who had been a student of the German expressionist dance pioneer Mary Wigman. She went on to study with a range of teachers including Judith Espinosa and Vera Volkova. Her performing career began with the Russian Opera and Ballet Company in London and she subsequently performed with a range of companies as well as in films and musicals. As a teacher she worked around the world and, in particular, spent a challenging period in the late 1950s and early 1960s with Kurt Jooss and the Folkswangschule in Essen, Germany.

Woolliams was appointed artistic director of the Australian Ballet in September 1976 and served in that role for a relatively brief period until December 1977. During that time she was much admired for her talent in coaching dancers, especially in roles from the repertoire of choreographer John Cranko with whom she had worked in Stuttgart between 1963 and 1973. She introduced into the Australian Ballet repertoire, in 1974 prior to her appointment as artistic director, the Cranko production of Romeo and Juliet and, later, Cranko's Onegin. For the Australian Ballet she also produced, in 1977, a version of Swan Lake that remained in the company's repertoire for twenty-five years until it was supplanted by the Graeme Murphy production of 2002. During her time with the Australian Ballet she encouraged the creation of new choreography and her programs Ballet '77 and Dance Horizons were occasions for the showing of works by young choreographers such as Paul Saliba, Julia Cotton, Meryl Tankard and Walter Bourke. In 1977 she also staged revivals of The Sleeping Beauty, Sebastian, Onegin, Giselle, The Merry Widow, Les Patineurs, Serenade, and Raymonda Act III. Additions to the repertoire in that year were Don Asker's Monkeys in a Cage and Eugene Loring's Billy the Kid.

Following her resignation from the Australian Ballet, Woolliams became the inaugural dean of dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. After leaving Australia in 1987 Woolliams established a ballet school in Zurich before being appointed artistic director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet in 1993. She retired to live in England in the late 1990s.

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Selected resources (36)

AusStage

  1. Anne Woolliams's network
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  3. Eugene Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Director)
    [1987-02-13]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  4. Morning Melodies
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [2008-05-20]
    A performance staged at the Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
  5. Beyond 40 / Anniversary Gala
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [2002-07-05]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  6. Eugene Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Director)
    [1986-10-06]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  7. Romeo and Juliet
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1975-08-07]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  8. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1977-08-17]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  9. Don Quixote
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1975-10-21]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  10. Romeo and Juliet
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1978-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  11. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Dance Director)
    [1978-06-12]
    A performance staged at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
  12. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Production Designer)
    [1978-08-29]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  13. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Devisor)
    [1980-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Australia, , [Unknown]
  14. Eugene Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1983-07-11]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  15. Eugene Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Director)
    [1983-07-11]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  16. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Devisor)
    [1981-08-18]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  17. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1981-11-03]
    A performance staged at the Regent Theatre, Sydney, NSW
  18. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1983-07-14]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  19. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Producer)
    [1983-09-17]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  20. Serenade / Billy the Kid / Raymonda (Act III)
    Woolliams, Anne (Artistic Director)
    [1977-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
  21. Serenade / Sebastian / Raymonda (Act III)
    Woolliams, Anne (Artistic Director)
    [1977-05-01]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  22. Serenade / Monkeys in a Cage / Billy the Kid
    Woolliams, Anne (Artistic Director)
    [1977-08-26]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  23. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1984-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Australia, , [Unknown]
  24. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Regisseur)
    [1990-04-10]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  25. Romeo and Juliet
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1987-09-01]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  26. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Production Manager)
    [1989-09-26]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  27. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1977-10-19]
    A performance staged at the Australia, , [Unknown]
  28. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1990-06-01]
    A performance staged at the Lyric Theatre, South Brisbane, QLD
  29. Romeo and Juliet
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1983-11-25]
    A performance staged at the Concert Hall (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  30. Romeo and Juliet
    Woolliams, Anne (Choreographer)
    [1983-12-05]
    A performance staged at the Concert Hall (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  31. The Sleeping Beauty
    Woolliams, Anne (Artistic Director)
    [1976-11-10]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  32. Onegin
    Woolliams, Anne (Regisseur)
    [1989-09-07]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  33. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Producer)
    [1991-03-15]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  34. The Merry Widow
    Woolliams, Anne (Artistic Director)
    [1977-07-22]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  35. Swan Lake
    Woolliams, Anne (Producer)
    [1998-03-11]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  36. Introduction to the Ballet
    Woolliams, Anne (Producer)
    [1998-03-27]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW

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  1. Ballet studio : an inside view / by Anne Woolliams ; photographs by Andreas Heumann
    Woolliams, Anne, 1926-1999
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    Languages: English;German, [1 other]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 19 libraries
    Ballet studio : an inside view / by Anne Woolliams ; photographs by Andreas Heumann
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  2. Anne Woolliams interviewed by Shirley McKechnie in the Australian choreographers oral history project
    Woolliams, Anne, 1926-1999
    [ Sound : 1987 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.597)

  3. Ballettsaal / Anne Woolliams. Photos: Andreas Heumann. Vorw.: John Cranko. [Übers. aus d. Engl. von Effi Bierdrzynski]
    Woolliams, Anne, 1926-1999
    [ Book : 1973 ]
    Languages: German
    At State Library VIC
    Ballettsaal / Anne Woolliams. Photos: Andreas Heumann. Vorw.: John Cranko. [Übers. aus d. Engl. von Effi Bierdrzynski]
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  4. Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, dance of the little swans, Act II, 1977 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, dance of the little swans, Act II, 1977 / Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.496)

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  5. [Prince Siegfried and Odile in Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, Act III, March 1991, 1] Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1991 ]
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    At National Library
    [Prince Siegfried and Odile in Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, Act III, March 1991, 1] Don McMurdo
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  6. Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, 1977, [4] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
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    At National Library
    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, 1977, [4] Walter Stringer
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  7. [Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, Act I, March 1991, 2] Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1991 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, Act I, March 1991, 2] Don McMurdo
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.409)

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  8. [Prince Siegfried and Odile in Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, Act III, March 1991, 2] Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1991 ]
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    At National Library
    [Prince Siegfried and Odile in Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake,  Act III, March 1991, 2] Don McMurdo
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  9. Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, 1977, [2] Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
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    At National Library
    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, 1977, [2] Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.383)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.383)

  10. Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, starring Kelvin Coe as Prince Siegfried, Act III, 1977 / Walter Stringer
    Stringer, Walter, 1907-2001
    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
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    At National Library
    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, starring Kelvin Coe as Prince Siegfried, Act III, 1977 / Walter Stringer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.326)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.326)

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  1. Pelly, Noël (1926-2003)
    ... Woolliams, Anne ... of the company's artistic directors, Peggy van Praagh, Robert Helpmann, Anne ...
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  2. Alder, Alan (1937-)
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  3. Gaisina, Ai-Gul (1946-)
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  1. Wedding
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 4 December 1976 p 3 Article
    ... Wedding SYDNEY, Friday. — The artistic director of the Australian Ballet, Anne Woolliairts. will ... 28 words
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  2. Ballet loses director
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 14 July 1977 p 6 Article
    ... Ballet loses director MELBOURNE: Miss Anne Woolliams, 50. has resigned as artistic director of the ... yesterday, and Miss Woolliams was not available, but her husband, Mr .Ian Stripling, said she had resigned ... 93 words
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  3. Dancer to be at ANU
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tuesday 16 November 1982 p 6 Article
    ... Dancer to be at ANU Anne Woolliams, English-bom dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher, " is to ... invitation. Miss Woolliams began dancing in Jerusalem at the age of five and began her professional career ... 273 words
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    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, starring Kelvin Coe as Prince Siegfried, Act III, 1977 / Walter Stringer
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    Australian Ballet performance of Swan lake, 1977, [1] Walter Stringer
  1. Ballet exercises : d. Stuttgarter Ballett / Photos, Rudolf René Gebhardt ; Text, Anne Woolliams, Glen Tetley ; [Übersetzungen, Effi Biedrzynski]
    Gebhardt, Rudolf René
    [ Book : 1976 ]
    Languages: German
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
    Ballet exercises : d. Stuttgarter Ballett / Photos, Rudolf René Gebhardt ; Text, Anne Woolliams, Glen Tetley ; [Übersetzungen, Effi Biedrzynski]
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  2. The Australian Ballet Swan Lake
    Lingwood, Tom
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  3. What is ethical leadership? A study to define the characteristics of ethical leadership : perspectives from Australian public and private sectors
    Crews, Julie Anne
    [ Thesis : 2011 ]
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    At Curtin Uni Inst Rep
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  4. Environmental ethics : what really matters, what really works / [edited by] David Schmidtz, Elizabeth Willott
    Schmidtz, David
    [ Book : 2002-2012 ]
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  1. Anne Woolliams.(Obituary)
    Meisner, Nadine
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  2. The Victorian College of the Arts: School of Dance. (Interview with Anne Woolliams)
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  3. Anne Woolliams; Obituary.(Features)
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  4. Anne Woolliams, 72, Teacher And a Leader of Stuttgart Ballet.(The Arts/Cultural Desk)(Obituary)
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    Swan Lake (Australian context)
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    The first full-length staging of Swan Lake on Australian soil took place in 1951, presented by the National Theatre Ballet and opening at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, on 7 February wit...

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