Steps of the Ballet

Still from 'Steps of the Ballet' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'
'This films deals with the creation of a ballet. The basic positions, movements and steps are demonstrated. The dancers’ steps are explained by Robert Helpmann, famous ballet dancer and choreographer. The film ends with the presentation of a new ballet to show how the arts of dancing, music and painting join together in its creation.' [1]

Date: 1948
Duration: 24:06

Director: Muir Mathieson
Production Company: Crown Film Unit
Producer: Alexander Shaw (by kind arrangement with Pictor Films Ltd.)
Cinematographer: A.E.Jeakins
Composer: Arthur Benjamin
Narration: Robert Helpmann
Editor: Jocelyn Jackson
Sound Recording: F.C. Arnaud
Choreographer: Andrée Howard (See also)
Decor & Costume: Hugh Stevenson
Art Director: Scott MacGregor
Unit Manager: Tina Peters
Assistant Director: Leon Clore (See also)
Camera Operators: Noel Rowland, & Ken Reeves
Continuity: Pamela Turle
Scenery painted by: Edward Delany
Production Manager: Henry Geddes
Ballet Mistress: Joan Harris (Possibly)
Music Played by: the Philharmonia Orchestra of London
Music Recorded by: Ken Cameron

Still from 'Steps of the Ballet' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'

'(Danced by) Gerd Larsen, & Alexander Grant (By permission of the Administrator of the Covent Garden Opera Trust)
(With) Gordon Hamilton, Elaine Fifield, & Michael Boulton [mispelled as 'Bolton' (By permission of Sadlers Wells)
(And) Michael Bayston, Jeanne Artois, Peter Wright, Moyra Fraser, Leila Russell[2] , & Corps de Ballet'

Length: 35mm: 2340ft. 16mm: 940ft.

Distributors: -


Both Robert Helpmann and Peter Wright would go on to receive knighthoods after this film was made, Helpmann in 1968 and Wright in 1993. Sir Peter Wright was Artistic Director of the Sadler Wells Ballet when it moved to Birmingham and became the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He was appointed Honorary Director Laureate upon his retirement in 1999, and is still active in the ballet world, producing a version of the Nutcracker in December 2011[3] .

Select performer list found in The British Film Catalogue; Volume 2: Non-fiction Film, 1888-1994; Dennis Glifford.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1947-50
  2. ^ aka Lilia (Lelia) Roussova?
  3. ^ Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker: Peter Wright interview; Mark Monahan; 23/12/11