Archive photography : Russian ballet in Australia

Sometimes while browsing an archive you discover something that just completely sucks you in.

Dimitri Rostoff as Malatesta in Francesca da Rimini, Original Ballet Russe, 1940

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These shots from the Ballets Russes Australian tour in 1940 are just amazing. 74 years old and still striking and empowering.  The reflection in the behind the scenes top shot is gorgeous and the intimate feel was what first caught my eye. The intensity of the other two sent me on a wild tour going through the Flickr Commons.

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(Enjoy the rest of this visual treat)