We recently asked unstoppable arts and theatre publicist Bruce Pollack to answer five fun facts for FAB. Enjoy reading about his involvement in The Friends and the hold ballet has on his heart.
What is your name and role at FAB?
Bruce Pollack Deputy Chair, Friends of the Australian Ballet
How long have you been involved with FAB?
I joined in 2006
What is your earliest ballet memory?
I grew up in a house that we used an old wind up gramophone to listen to records. We used that machine until we got an electric. My favourite recordings, old 78rpm’s, was a set of 8 records of highlights from Swan Lake. I can still sing this music as I knew it so well. The Australian Ballet did not exist when I was a child, but I do remember being taken to see a ballet, no idea which one. My greatest ballet memory is seeing Fonteyn and Nureyev perform Swan Lake in Melbourne
Why is FAB important to you?
I have worked in the theatre from the age of 10 and I am happy that I have received a pay packet from the arts ever since. Working in the theatre I see as much on stage as I possibly can, and I see many ballet performances. In the 1970’s for 4 years I was the Drama Teacher at the Australian Ballet School. I love being a part of a Committee for not for profit arts organisations. They are essential for our way of life and imperative for maintaining a level of “culture” in our community. This is the 4th arts board that I have been on.
What are you doing to stay connected to ballet & dance at this time?
I look at every possible ballet link that I can get my hands on!
Bruce Pollack and other members of The Friend’s council presenting David McAllister with an oversized cheque in 2008