Anna Pavlova’s tour in 1926
Everything you need to know about Anna Pavlova’s first tour to Australia in 1926.
Interesting facts about the tour:
Before her first performance, the firm sponsoring her Australian tour, J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd., were uncertain what to do regarding Pavlova’s superstition about entering a theatre for the first time. They had not “yet arrived at a decision as to which one of them [would] carry Pavlova over the doorstep…” Who eventually did remains a mystery.
The debut performance attracted a packed audience of over 2,000.
It is estimated that about 10,000 people had gathered at Central Station in Sydney to meet Anna Pavlova.
Pavlova disliked interviews….She was a very genuine and forthright person and detested evasion.
Pavlova also did not like press photos, and often hid her face with her hand or a bouquet of flowers when being photographed.
It has been estimated that some 18 ballets and 55 divertissements had been presented during the Australian tour.