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This year, at the age of 77, he retires as one of The Australian Ballets founding dancers and its longest-serving member, but not before delivering a parting gift to his fans.
As a special farewell, Peasley will divulge some of those tales of tights, tours and tantrums as the star of his own show, On Stage with Colin Peasley.
We asked Peasley to share some of his favourite moments from those 50 years with The Weekly Review.
He will take the stage at the Sydney Opera House for the final time in December for a performance of Swan Lake.On Stage with Colin Peasley
Arts Centre Melbourne
September 22, 5pm
My life as a dancer has been extremely lucky.
I have been able to see The Australian Ballet grow from a good company to one of the worlds most acclaimed and my career has progressed through various stages that have always given me immense pleasure. I joined the company as a corps de ballet dancer on its very first day and slowly worked through the ranks to principal character dancer. I have at times been the companys ballet master, teacher and education manager. So, I leave this company in the way I have worked for it, with a great love of dance and dancers and a particular passion for The Australian Ballet. Long may they triumph!Colin Peasley and young ballerinas 1994
Photographed by Gilles Terrier
Photographed by David Parker
The Australian Ballet is renowned for its great full-length ballets. This photo is from John Crankos Romeo and Juliet and it features ballerina Marilyn Rowe as Juliet, being consoled by an unusually pious Colin Peasley!
When Sir Robert Helpmann took over sole directorship of The Australian Ballet in the mid-1970s he was determined to make the operetta The Merry Widow into a ballet. There were huge complications in obtaining the rights and complaints from some segments of the ballet world suggesting that it was below the dignity of a ballet company. However, he persevered it was, and still is, one of our greatest successes.Backstage Swan Lake 2008
Photographed by Lisa Tomasetti
The very first ballet ever performed by The Australian Ballet in 1962 was the worlds most successful ballet, Swan Lake. When David McAllister became artistic director of The Australian Ballet in 2002 he commissioned Graeme Murphy to choreograph a new version. It was magnificent. This year we presented it during our New York season.