FRIENDS IN VIRTUAL CONVERSATION
JOINTS AND WELL-BEING
In recognition of your ongoing support of The Friends of The Australian Ballet we invite you to join us for a warm interactive conversation via Zoom.
Friends of The Australian Ballet Chair Greg Khoury and Friends sub-committee member, dancer and remedial therapist Gayle Wakeling-Taylor will explore some of the ideas recently shared by The Australian Ballet and La Trobe University into joint management and treatment.
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
Bruce Pollack preparing for COVID-19 and stocking up
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!
Header image Bruce Pollack and other members of The Friend’s council presenting David McAllister with an oversized cheque in 2008
We are excited to introduce Friends in Conversation, a series of talks for 2020, our first being with Libby Christie, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet.
Libby will provide insight into the funding, costs, logistics and operations of how the Company, along with its strategic aspirations, providing you with a true behind-the-scenes experience of The Australian Ballet.
Libby was appointed as Executive Director of The Australian Ballet in 2013. Prior to this appointment she had eleven years’ experience in Australia’s arts sector, including with the Australian Government’s arts funding and advocacy body, the Australia Council for the Arts (2009 – 2013) as acting CEO and Executive Director of Arts Funding, and as the Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony (2003 – 2009). Before joining the arts sector, Libby held senior national and international executive roles in the technology and telecommunications sector in companies including Optus, Telstra, TMP Worldwide and Computer Power Group. She has also worked in Australia’s tertiary education sector in the field of adult education.
Libby has current and prior experience as a non-executive director on not for profit and for profit boards. She is a graduate of Sydney University and the University of Canberra and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Join us to hear Libby Christie provide a rare behind the scenes glimpse of the operations and logistics of The Australian Ballet.