Stretton, Ross (-2005)

Also known as
Stretton, Ross (1952-2005)
Field of activity
Actor; Artistic Director; Dancer; Administrator; Director
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an36750853
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-642508

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Born in Canberra. Died in Melbourne. Ross Stretton is an Australian Actor, Artistic Director, Dancer, Administrator, Director who is mentioned in 41 events in the AusStage database

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Ross Stretton, born in Canberra, began his dance training as a tap dancer. He was twice national champion before taking up ballet at the age of seventeen. He trained in Canberra with Janet Karin and Bryan Lawrence before joining the Australian Ballet School in 1971. In his first year at the Australian Ballet School he was awarded the Nureyev Bursary and as he began his second year he received the Harold Holt Memorial Scholarship. He joined the Australian Ballet in 1973 and was promoted to soloist in 1974 and principal in 1978. With the Australian Ballet he danced leading roles in the company's classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Giselle, La Fille mal gardee, Spartacus and Onegin.

In 1979 Stretton left Australia to pursue a career in the United States. He joined New York's Joffrey Ballet in 1979, then American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for the 1981-1982 season. In between these engagements he also danced briefly with Northern Ballet Theatre in Manchester. In 1983 he was appointed principal with ABT and during that time also toured during the summer months with Mikhail Baryshnikov's company, Baryshnikov & Co. Stretton retired from dancing in 1990 and acted as assistant to the directors of ABT. In 1991 he was appointed the company's regisseur and in 1993 assistant director.

Stretton became the sixth artistic director of the Australian Ballet in 1997. He chose three words to encapsulate his vision for the Australian Ballet: creativity, energy, passion. Under his direction the company's repertoire was expanded to include a range of contemporary ballets, including new commissions from James Kudelka and Twyla Tharp and works from the existing oeuvre of Tharp, William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. Natalie Weir was appointed the company's third resident choreographer and the Australian Ballet engaged in a number of collaborations with other theatrical organisations and companies including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Bangarra Dance Theatre. One of the most notable work to emerge from these cross-company collaborations was Rites choreographed in 1997 by Stephen Page for dancers from both the Australian Ballet and Bangarra Dance Theatre. Under Stretton the company also produced its first full-length ballet with a commissioned score - 1914 with music by Graeme Koehne and choreography by Stephen Baynes. Stretton's directorship was also distinguished by a tour to New York in 1999 when the company presented five previously unseen Australian works.

After four and a half years at the helm of the Australian Ballet Stretton accepted an appointment as artistic director of the Royal Ballet, London. He took up that position in September 2001 and held it until September 2002 when he returned to live in Melbourne where he died in June 2005. At the 2005 Australian Dance Awards Stretton was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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  3. Iolanthe
    Stretton, Ross (Actor)
    [1968-05-31]
    A performance staged at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
  4. Swan Lake
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-06-12]
    A performance staged at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
  5. In the Upper Room
    Stretton, Ross (Director)
    [1997-04-09]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  6. Giselle
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1973-11-01]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  7. The Sleeping Beauty
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1974-02-07]
    A performance staged at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  8. Sacred Space / The Two PIgeons
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1975-04-30]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  9. The Lady and the Fool / Night Encounter / Super Man
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1975-08-26]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  10. Night Encounter / Classical Pas de Deux / The Lady and the Fool
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1975-11-01]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  11. Romeo and Juliet
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1975-08-07]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  12. Cinderella
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1974-04-01]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  13. Concerto / Perisnthyon / Carmen
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1974-03-21]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  14. The Sleeping Beauty
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1976-11-10]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  15. The Merry Widow
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1976-11-03]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  16. The Merry Widow
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1977-07-22]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  17. Serenade / Monkeys in a Cage / Billy the Kid
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1977-08-26]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  18. Serenade / Billy the Kid / Raymonda (Act III)
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1977-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
  19. Serenade / Sebastian / Raymonda (Act III)
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1977-05-01]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  20. Romeo and Juliet
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  21. Spartacus
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-10-26]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  22. Swan Lake
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-08-29]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  23. Symphony in D / Afternoon of a Faun / Tekton / Caravan
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-09-05]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  24. La Fille mal Gardée
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1978-09-21]
    A performance staged at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda, VIC
  25. The Lady and the Fool / Night Encounter / Super Man
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1975-05-22]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  26. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1997-04-09]
    A performance staged at the Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
  27. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1997-04-12]
    A performance staged at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
  28. Cinderella
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1997-09-30]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  29. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1997-10-01]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  30. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1998-04-30]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  31. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1998-05-09]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  32. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1998-05-04]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  33. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1998-09-12]
    A performance staged at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
  34. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1999-09-29]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  35. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [1999-10-01]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  36. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2000-03-04]
    A performance staged at the Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, VIC
  37. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2000-05-18]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  38. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2000-05-19]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  39. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2000-09-08]
    A performance staged at the Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, NSW
  40. The Australian Ballet
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2000-09-09]
    A performance staged at the Capitol Theatre, Haymarket, NSW
  41. The Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2001-05-18]
    A performance staged at the Various, Australian Capitols (known), , [Unknown]
  42. The Australian Ballet and The State Opera of South Australia
    Stretton, Ross (Artistic Director)
    [2001-05-23]
    A performance staged at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
  43. Giselle
    Stretton, Ross (Dancer)
    [1973-07-23]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA

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  1. Papers of Ross Stretton
    Stretton, Ross, 1952-2005
    [ Unpublished : 1962-2002 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Ross Stretton interviewed by Michelle Potter
    Stretton, Ross, 1952-2005
    [ Sound : 2003 ]
    At National Library
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  3. Interview with Ross Stretton, principal dancer and Assistant Director for the American Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director for the Australian Ballet, 1997-2000, and Artistic Director, Royal Ballet, 2000- interviewer, Michelle Potter
    Stretton, Ross, 1952-2005
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
    At National Library
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  4. Papers of Ross Stretton
    Stretton, Ross, 1952-2005
    [ Unpublished : 1900 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Karin, Janet (1938-)
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  1. STRETTON'S SENSATIONAL SPELL
    The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate (Parramatta, NSW : 1888 - 1950) Thursday 10 February 1938 p 11 Article
    ... --nd' lastwicket, Five ibntsomen foiled to' score, Pritehnrd topircorinff withl-7 not out.'" '-Of course it was'.Stretton ... and" " Ross who did the damage:' The for--" mer 'took 6-6 off 2.3 overs, and Roso' 1-5 off two overs ... 831 words
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  2. Stretton's desire to help students
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Friday 31 March 1995 p 12 Article Illustrated
    ... the class of 65 dancers is former Canberra resident, Ross Stretton. At '12 Stretton is currently ... admit that for once I was totally absorbed. Ross Stretton: "What I find I do well communicate with ... 969 words
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  3. LIFE STYLE TV — ARTS — ENTERTAINMENT Stretton promoted
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tuesday 30 August 1983 p 15 Article Illustrated
    ... UFE STYLE V TV — ARTS — BrnaTAINMENT-' Stretton promoted (CaNBERRA dancer Ross Strctton has been ... announced. ; Stretton, who was born in Canberra, received the last two years or his ballet training at the ... 176 words
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  1. Website: Michelle Potter on dancing
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  2. Website: Australia dancing
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  3. Website: deborahjones.me
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  1. Ross Stretton (1952-2005).(DEATHS)(Biography)
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  2. In his defence [Edited extract of an interview with former artistic director of England's Royal Ballet and former director of the Australian Ballet, Ross Stretton. The interview was conducted by Potter, Michelle for the oral history archives of the N...
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  4. The Stretton legacy
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  1. The furious days : the relief of Darwin / [by] Alan Stretton
    Stretton, Alan, 1922-2012
    [ Book, Audio book : 1968-1989 ]
    At 72 libraries
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  2. Ideas for Australian cities / Hugh Stretton
    Stretton, Hugh, 1924-2015
    [ Book : 1970-1989 ]
    At 92 libraries
    Ideas for Australian cities / Hugh Stretton
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  3. Capitalism, socialism, and the environment / Hugh Stretton
    Stretton, Hugh, 1924-2015
    [ Book : 1976 ]
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  4. Urban planning in rich and poor countries / Hugh Stretton
    Stretton, Hugh, 1924-2015
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At 42 libraries
    Urban planning in rich and poor countries / Hugh Stretton
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  1. Portrait of Ross Stretton, 2 Octobe...
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    [ Photograph : 1996 ]
    Portrait of Ross Stretton, 2 October, 1996 / Jim McFarlane
  2. Ross Stretton in Swan Lake, Act III...
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    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
    Ross Stretton in Swan Lake, Act III, Australian Ballet, 1977 / Walter Stringer
  3. Ross Stretton as Florestan in the A...
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    [ Photograph : 1974 ]
    Ross Stretton as Florestan in the Australian Ballet production of 'The sleeping beauty' 1974 / Walter Stringer
  4. Ross Stretton and Michaela Kirkaldi...
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    [ Photograph : 1977 ]
    Ross Stretton and Michaela Kirkaldie in Swan Lake, Act III, Australian Ballet, 1977 / Walter Stringer
  5. Australian Ballet taps ABT's Ross S...
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    Dance Magazine
    [ Photograph, Article : 1996 ]
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    The New York Times
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    Stretton, Alan, 1922-2012
    [ Book, Audio book : 1968-1989 ]
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  2. Dance of nature : the music of Ross Edwards
    [ Video : 1996 ]
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  3. 2015 NSW State election campaign : Australian internet sites and Twitter pages
    Alzheimer's Australia NSW
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  4. Seven Vital Virtues: Temperance
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    [ Sound : 2010 ]
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  1. [Stretton, Ross (dancer, artistic director) : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia]
    [ Published : 1900 ]
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Ross Stretton, ballet dancer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
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  1. Perisynthyon (1974 - )
    Perisynthyon (1974 - )
    Created by NLAdance, 10 items.

    Robert Helpmann's Perisynthyon, created on dancers of the Australian Ballet, premiered on 21 March 1974 at the Adelaide Festival of Arts...

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  2. Rites (1997 - )
    Rites (1997 - )
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    Rites, a joint production by Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Australian Ballet, premiered at the Melbourne Festival on 29 October 1997 at the State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre. Commissio...

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  3. Spartacus (Australian context)
    Spartacus (Australian context)
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    Laszlo Seregi's Spartacus was the first full-length ballet by a Central-European choreographer to be staged for an Australian company. Choreographed for the Hungarian State Ballet in 1968,...

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  1. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 6 November 1970 [Issue No.145 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 4483

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... Thomas Mcintosh; Mr Christopher Lawrence Kerr; Mr Ross Colin Campbell; Mr Jan Jakimczyk; Mrs Judith Joy ... Deane; Mrs Daphne Nineveh Barton; Mrs Avis Alma Stretton; Miss Judith Anne Vial; Mr David William O ... 388 words
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  2. Government Gazette Notices [coming soon]
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 8 February 1861 [Issue No.39] p 385

    Government Gazette Notices

    ... . Paton, schooner 44 Native Lass" 115 Wm. Ross, "Nightingale" 116 Owen Evens, " Northern Light" 117 Monsr ... . Stretton, barque 44 Orestes" (2) 123 Capt. Kelly, ''Pacific" 124 Capt Ilick, 44 Perservancc" 125 Wm ... 624 words
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  3. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 7 July 1967 [Issue No.76 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 2516

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... Stretton, Barry John Sumpton, Leslie John Sutherland, Colin James Tarbox, Jean Loveday Thomas, Marjorie Sue ... Lorraine Wilson, Edgar Stuart Wolf, Phillip Warner Wood, William John Woods, James Ross Worrall, Paul ... 590 words
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