The Australian Girl, Italienne Fantasia, Pinocchio, Swan Lake (Act 2)
Co-artistic director (1961-62), choreographer and soloist Meryl Hughes

The Australian Girl, Italienne Fantasia, Pinocchio, Swan Lake (Act 2)

October 3rd, 1963 — October 5th, 1963

For this season Phyllis Danaher once again worked in collaboration with Meryl Hughes and Lexie Kunze. It was an innovative program of three new ballets for the company plus Swan Lake (Act 2). Meryl Hughes choreographed The Australian Girl inspired by a scenario written by poet Douglas Holt and the music of Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite. Miss Danaher choreographed a version of Pinocchio to Viennese dance music, and Italienne Fantasia to music by Mendelssohn.

Both Lexie Kunze and Miss Danaher reproduced Swan Lake (Act 2) and Lexie danced the role of Odette partnered by guest artist Arkadi Novicky.

However Phyllis Danaher reported in the company's May 1964 Newsletter that this ambitious program of four works including the original new work The Australian Girl had overstretched BTQ's resources both financially and artistically. She said that in the end their  program had proved too long and had lost the interest of the audience. Added to this, she noted, was the awkward size of their venue Festival Hall and the cost of its rental, making it impossible to realise a profit. The Southport season however was well attended and did make a profit. The program also played at Gympie.

Sources: Australia Dances: Creating Australian Dance 1945-1965 by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon, pages 116-117; BTQ May 1964 Newsletter.

Researcher and writer: Dr Christine Comans


Brisbane Festival Hall
Southport RSL Hall, October 12, 1963
Gympie Memorial Hall, April 4, 1964
Artistic Director
Phyllis Danaher
Production Director
Meryl Hughes, Lexie Kunze & Phyllis Danaher
Meryl Hughes - The Australian Girl
Phyllis Danaher - Italienne Fantasia & Pinocchio
Guest Artists
Lexie Kunze & Arkadi Novicky
Costume Designer
Phyllis Danaher
Wardrobe Mistress: Elizabeth Proud
Scenic Designer
Margaret Hall & John Rodgers
Musical Director
Charles Leonard & Cyril Martin
Ferde Grofé
Felix Mendelssohn
Viennese dance music
Mrs B.Falkiner


  • Lexie Kunze
  • Arkadi Novicky
  • Kay Crawford
  • Desley Hammond
  • Robyn Feeney
  • Inara Svalbe
  • June Kiss
  • Diana Langan
  • Cheryl Watson
  • Robert Barlow
  • Mal Czislowski
  • William Byrnes
  • Dayne Cory
  • Margaret Ross
  • April Perkins
  • Verilyn Anderson
  • Angela Brooks
  • Michelle Carter
  • Laurel Eastment
  • Roslyn Lindner
  • Judith Lowe
  • Daphne Leighton
  • Jean McEwan
  • Alyson Ridgewell
  • Jenifer Smythe
  • Cheryl Watson
  • Don Lee
  • David Marcussen
  • Stephen Marcussen
  • Wilfred Tronc
  • Peter Lucas
  • Lesley Smith
  • Geraldine Turner
  • Gillian Barlow
  • Ken McCaffrey
  • Lesley Holdcroft
  • Gail Simmonds
  • Judy Deering
  • Julie Symes
  • Angela Brooks
  • Katherine Ovsiannikoff
  • Denice Leighton
  • Chtistine Mathewson
  • M.Webb
  • Vicki Flanagan
  • Elaine Thomas
  • Noela Moreton

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