R.I.P. Bryan Lawrence

Bryan Lawrence in Le Conservatoire. The Australian Ballet, 1965. Photo Ken Byron, Australian News and Information Bureau.

I was going to post a book review today, but I need to mention the death of Bryan Lawrence. I’ve been out of the ballet world loop for a few years, and only heard about this yesterday. He died on Saturday.

I’d recommend Michelle Potter’s obituary – HERE.

A soloist with the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, London, and then a principal with The Australian Ballet, Lawrence and ballerina Janet Karin founded the school I took my first ever ballet class, and the company I gave my first ever performance with.

The school produced some world-famous dancers, including the late Ross Stretton, a dancer with both Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and later the artistic director of The Australian and Royal Ballets (I did work experience for him in the 1990s), Joanne Michel, Adam Marchant…

Swan Lake Royal Ballet School performance 1960 with Shirley Grahame. — with Shirley Grahame Kershaw. Bryan Lawrence.

Beyond going to the theatre as an audience member, I’ve not had anything to do with ballet for a few years. My last contact with Bryan Lawrence was a Facebook conversation a number of years ago.

For the dance world, this loss was significant.

 

Advertisements

One thought on “R.I.P. Bryan Lawrence

  1. Pingback: The Week: 10th – 16th July – Sonya's Stuff

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s