HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

I think you can be contemporary without taking your clothes off.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

Aren't all ballets sexy? I think they should be. I can think of nothing more kinky than a prince chasing a swan around all night.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is the community of the theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fear, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety – this is the only life I know. It is the life I love.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT – 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

People often say to me – how clever you are! How brilliant to be able to go from ballet to theatre as you do. I answer that it is not clever at all. It is the gift of looking at oneself coolly, of calculating the future objectively. I could see the danger signals as far as ballet was concerned before anyone else did, that's all.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT – 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

I have always said and I have always thought that I would never have achieved what I have… if I hadn't been Australian… I can walk into an exhibition and say that man was born in Australia or that man comes from Australia. Painters from Australia – they have a vastness, a sense of light, a sense of distance that European people do not have. Being an Australian has given me an outgoing (sic), that supplies something to the theatre that is very very difficult to explain. But I believe, I firmly believe that if I had been born in another country I would not have achieved what I have today.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

The trouble with nude dancing is that not everything stops when the music does.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT – 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

I was always nervous about coming back to Australia which was a complete hangover of the days when I left when ballet was not accepted, when I was not accepted, when I was considered a freak for wanting to be a ballet dancer. And, to be 100% honest, I rather dreaded coming back…

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT - 1960-2010 Australians of the Year, Wendy Lewis

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT

Ballet is like football. I don't understand a footballer's technique but I can see when he's playing brilliantly. People don't like ballet because they think they don't understand it. Actually they do. It's the most primitive form of appeal.

HELPMANN, SIR ROBERT