The Many Faces of a Theatrical Dynamo
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Helpmann's creative stamina was legendary. His personality embraced enigmas, complexities, a delight in continuous shape-changing and role-play (he was a master of stage-makeup); but these qualities accompanied a profound, whole-hearted and life-long commitment to all that we understand by the `theatre'.
Clearly no one writer could do full justice to all the manifestations of Helpmann's genius. This was the reason for drawing on the many specialists and one-time colleagues whose essays and reminiscences make up this publication. But, as it is over thirty years since Helpmann's death and few are alive who experienced his early triumphs, the writers' verbal evocations of his theatrical persona are supported by over seventy photographs. To supplement these, a DVD offers filmed material of archival value and engages with the challenges facing attempts to revive Helpmann's choreographies today.