A celebration of three timeless ballets - Firebird, Petrouchka, and Les Sylphides - performed by The Australian Ballet at the Sydney Opera House. Hosted by Jennifer Byrne and Chris Taylor, Firebird and other legends features choreographer, Graeme Murphy's brand-new interpretation of Firebird, plus two of Mikhail Fokine's best-known works, the sublime Les Sylphides and the vibrant ballet classic Petrouchka.
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has long been part of the core ballet repertoire since its scandalous opening in 1921, and is now recognised as one of the pinnacles of Western art. Productions however still push boundaries in their depiction of animalistic, primitive human behaviour. This performance from one of the top ballet ensembles in the world from Leipzig, is one of the last works of Uwe Scholz, whose reputation since his early death has risen, making him one of the 20th century's top choreographers.
Tells the story of Nureyev's life in Russia up to and including his defection to the West. Extensive home movies and previously unseen archives from Nureyev's childhood and adolescence in Russia, including his early triumphs on stage in Leningrad, are moving examples of an immense talent in its early stages of development. Friends, lovers and fellow dancers all have vivid memories of their experiences with him; not all are complimentary.
For nearly 50,000 years, dances and songs have been an expression of Pacific Islanders' origins, journey, struggles and their very existence. Today, Pacific Islanders are struggling to maintain their identity and traditions. Dance is central to these efforts and for centuries it has remained one of the most powerful vehicles for transmitting culture.
In 2007, the brilliant French choreographer Maurice Bejart died in Lausanne, where his dance troupe has been based since 1987. His successor, Gil Roman currently fights not only for funding, but also for artistic recognition. In addition to short clips of Bejart's choreography, the documentary includes rehearsals led by Roman and comments from some of the young dancers.
This documentary follows the creation of Bahok, a collaboration between the Akram Khan Company under the direction of acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan, and the National Ballet of China.
American artists, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder stepped forward in the 1950s to play a vital part in the newly energised worlds of modern dance and have enjoyed a 47-year marriage and creative partnership that has sustained their accomplishments.
Ondine is a three-act ballet originally created for The Royal Ballet by the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton and composer Hans Werner Henze in 1958. In 1958 and through until 1966, Margot Fonteyn performed the star role of the water nymph Ondine. This 50th anniversary revival by The Royal Ballet and performed at the Royal Opera House brings new stars to the stage with Miyako Yoshida as Ondine and Edward Watson as the young mortal Palemon.
Message Stick documents the history of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, including its origins at NAISDA with the late Russell Page.
Set to the music of Stockhausen this high octane and sophisticated modern dance performance is choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, and performed by his own ballet troupe. Directed by Olivier Assayas.
A modern dance/movement piece by Sue Healy, featuring Shona Erskine and five Japanese dancers filmed in Tokyo.
Two original and moving dance pieces, choreographed by the veteran Dutchman, Hans van Manen, using the music of Benjamin Britten and the Estonians Arvo Part and Tueuer. The pieces are energetic and sublime in their poise and subtlety.
Hosted by former Bangarra dancer and choreographer, Frances Rings, Dance on Screen - a two-part special - celebrates the wonderful world of dance.
Necessary Games is a collection of three award-winning short dance films. Featuring members of Adelaide's Restless Dance Theatre, each of the three films showcase unique and compelling dance performances by disabled and non disabled dancers.
Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) under the artistic direction of Garry Stewart is renowned internationally as a gutsy, explosive, and highly original, contemporary dance company. Offering a rare behind-the-scenes look, Artscape: Artists At Work tracks the company as they prepared to mount a radical new work Be Your Self for the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts.
A stunning and sumptuous celebration of the 225th anniversary of the world famous Russian Mariinsky Theatre contains archival material seen for the first time on screen. It provides a unique insight into how the arts have flourished in Russia under many different regimes.
Two hundred and fifty Berlin children and teenagers of 25 different nationalities dance to Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'.
Now in her mid-forties, world famous French Ballerina Sylvie Guillem decides to broaden her artistic palette and takes on a new Asian orientation with collaborative dance works with choreographers Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant.
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