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Helene Kirsova

The Kirsova Story
Kirsova Playground Number Two
Kirsova Playground Number Three
Photos of Playground Number Three
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This site is a tribute  to Helene Kirsova by John Hood.


Kirsova was the star of De Basil’s Ballet Russe during its1936/37 Australian tour. She opened Australia’s first professional ballet company, and dedicated the profits to providing children’s playgrounds in Sydney’s most disadvantaged inner suburbs.

Her story is told here in articles from the Glebe Society Bulletin (with permission).

Kirsova in Carnaval 1937

Kirsova and Yousskevitch in Carnaval 1937

Kirsova in Revolution of the Umbrellas 1944