Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe – shown here on tour in Australia during 1936-37 – revolutionised ballet by giving equal emphasis to dance, music, drama and design.
Three puppet figures – the Moor (Thadee Slavinsky), the Ballerina Doll (Helene Kirsova) and Petrouchka (Leon Woizikovsky) – suddenly come to life and dance onto the stage. They perform a Russian-style dance amongst the crowd at the fairground.
This famous Russian ballet, with music by Igor Stravinsky, takes place in a Russian fairground setting. This clip shows the opening scenes of the ballet and we witness a small but sprightly Helene Kirsova in a role for which she was much admired.