Preparations for spring season of ballet at Cork Opera House

The Irish Ballet Company opened its second season at the Cork Opera House on 27 January 1975. The spring programme featured six new ballets under the artistic direction of Joan Denise Moriarty.These included works by international choreographers, such as 'Pas de Quatre' by Anton Dolin and 'La Esmerelda' by John Gilpin. Following its inaugural season in 1974, Royal Ballet founder Ninette de Valois had become patron of what was Ireland's first-ever state assisted ballet company.

Andy O'Mahony attends one of the ballet company's rehearsals in this extract from arts programme 'Over the Barricades'. Dancers Michael Woolsey, Joanna Banks and Babil Gandara are in rehearsal with David Gordon, the company's ballet master and choreographer. 

This edition of 'Over the Barricades' was broadcast on 27 January 1975.

Irish Ballet Company