1-act version1To counteract existing widespread confusion, it should be noted that referring to the original one-act Anastasia as "Act III" is incorrect. The facts are: Kenneth MacMillan originally choreographed the one-act version in 1967. Four years later, in 1971, he expanded it into a three-act ballet, thereby incorporating the one-act version as Act III. Whenever the one-act version is performed independently on its own as a self-contained ballet, describing it as "Act III" implies it to be an excerpt of the three-act version. This is not the case, especially not since MacMillan never relinquished the one-act version. Only in the context of the three-act version can the original one-act Anastasia be referred to as Act III.
Costumes: Barry Kay [?] 2The National Gallery of Victoria holds a theatrical set design for Badinage, signed by Barry Kay and dated 1956. Unrelated to this, the Australian Art Sales Digest records the sale (no date given) of two drawings by Kay of same title; their small dimensions suggest that they concern costume designs. There are as yet no production data available.
Costumes: Barry Kay2Although the costume drawing – inscribed: Barry J. Kay '54 – has no title, it is believed to have been created for the Sorceress, a character in Maldición. As Kay only designed two productions in 1954, namely this one and the other being Swan Lake, Act II, both for the Ballet Guild, it would be reasonable to assume that the costume design was intended for the said Sorceress.
Première 3 July 1954
Ballet Guild Studio Theatre, Melbourne
Alison Lee, choreography
mezzotint cum lithograph
limited edition of 50