Charting the history of dance on television and in film, from early sequences at the beginning of the 20th century through Isadora Duncan to Fred Astaire, Roland Petit, Bejart and on to Pina Bausch and Matthew Bourne, this rich treasure chest of archives from cinema and television will illustrate dance in all its many guises.
This film is a stunning meeting between the artistic worlds of choreographer Jose Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. It is the first film to use 3D thermal imaging to produce visuals never seen before.
Jean Christophe Maillot's creation for the Ballets de Monte Carlo is a highly charged and erotic interpretation of Ravel's ballet, discarding the traditional pointes and adopting a loose and sensuous choreography which goes well beyond the classical repertoire.
After a major renovation lasting more than seven years, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow finally re-opened towards the end of last year with an extravaganza of ballet and opera in an all-Russian program, featuring a cast of thousands. Natalie Dessay, Angela Gheorghiu and Svetlana Zakharova are just a few of the star names performing in front of lavish stage sets to celebrate the best of Russian music and dance.
This observational documentary follows three women as they face daily preconceptions about who they are and what they do. Cleo, Chelle and Miss Philly are battling it out to be Miss Pole Dance Australia 2012. This shot at the top, is a chance to change their lives and challenge the stereotypical views that even some of their loved ones hold. With a soundtrack featuring some of Australia's rising musical talent, this intimate documentary captures these women's lives and challenges our notions about pole dancing.
In 2007 the Sydney Dance Company appointed 29-year-old choreographer Tanja Liedtke as their first new artistic director in 30 years. However before she could take up the position, she was struck and killed by a truck in the middle of the night. Admired internationally as a dancer and celebrated for her fresh choreographic voice, she was known as a dedicated artist, intelligent, dorky, funny and generous. Eighteen months after her death her collaborators embark on a world tour of her work, and in the process they must deal with their grief and explore the reasons for her death.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman explores one of the most mythic and colourful places dedicated to women, the Crazy Horse - a legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin. Wiseman's impeccable eye reveals a uniquely French showcase, with an emphasis on elegance, perfectionism, and a gruelling schedule.
Fifty years ago this week, the Australian Ballet presented its first performance at Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney. To celebrate, the company is presenting a 50th Anniversary Gala which is being especially filmed for Sunday Arts.
First staged at Sadler's Wells in London in 1995, Bourne's acclaimed version of Swan Lake is famous for having the swans danced by men rather than women. The ballet has been hugely successful and won many prestigious awards.
Matthew Bourne has been setting theatres around the world alight with his adaptations of some of the world's best known and loved ballets and operas. This program highlights nine of Bourne's landmark productions.
Jig is the remarkable story of the fortieth Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama-filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tans, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds, they compete for the coveted world titles. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.
Filmed over two years, the program follows one of the stars of the Paris Opera Ballet, French prima ballerina Aurelie Dupont as she prepares and performs Swan Lake, The Lady of the Camellias, Raymonda and Le Parc.
Sydney Dance Company (SDC) presented the world premiere of Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela's 2 One Another at Sydney Theatre in March 2012 and now it comes to ABC2 LIVE for all to enjoy. 2 One Another explores and celebrates relationships, interactions and the beauty of the human form.
The historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow re-opened recently after a major restoration costing some $680 million and six years of work. This film documents the extensive and extraordinarily intricate work which has created a theatre for the 21st century, whilst restoring its original pre-Soviet heritage. It includes profiles and comments from the current stars of the theatre along with highlights from the Bolshoi's rich operatic and ballet history.
An immersive dance experience combining TV, dance and an interactive website.
Following the New York City ballet's performance of Jerome Robbins' 1958 'ballet in sneakers', this short documentary charts the progression of the latest production and looks back at how the original performances wowed audiences around the world.
To celebrate the centenary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, these are three works commissioned from choreographers Wayne McGregor (Dyad 1909), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Faun) and Russell Maliphant (Afterlight) which aim to reflect the revolutionary spirit of the original performances by Nijinsky and the Russian troupe. Before each performance, short inserts provide some background information while the choreographers discuss the sources of inspiration for each piece.
Three ambitious and moving dance performances - Chroma, Limen, and Infra - created by choreographer Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet. Fluid movements and athleticism combine to create a fascinating hybrid between classical and modern dance.
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