Prince Siegfried, heir to the kingdom, must nominate a wife at his birthday ball. Upset that he cannot marry for love, Siegfried escapes into the forest at night. When he sees a flock of swans flying overhead, he prepares to shoot one with his crossbow. But as the swans land, he stops; before him is a beautiful creature in white feathers, more woman than swan. Enamoured, the two dance and Siegfried learns that the swan maiden is the princess Odette.
Pressure is building at the academy as the students prepare for exams. Tara tries to ignore her recent "almost-pash" with Ethan in an attempt to stay focused. With her sights set on the first year scholarship, Abigail pushes herself too far and severely restricts her eating.
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.
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.
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.
Lucette Aldous, Marilyn Rowe and Marilyn Jones were prima ballerinas in the 1970s, when Peggy van Praagh was artistic director at the Australian Ballet. Award-winning filmmaker Michelle Mahrer celebrates their passion for dance.
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.
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.
Four dances, one representing each of the four elements - air, earth, water and fire. The dances for each element have been choreographed to three different, often contrasting pieces of classical music. The aim of the films is to introduce primary school children with special education needs to a range of classical music - taking them on an immersive, imaginative journey, and encouraging them to get up and join in with the action they are watching on-screen.
This fantastic production of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake, celebrates 275 years of Russian ballet. The Mariinsky, under the direction of the legendary Valery Gergiev, has some of the world's greatest dancers and plays to sell-out audiences wherever it performs.
Abigail's forced to make a choice between her ballet and the fringe musical. Her situation intensifies when her mother, Anthea unexpectedly arrives. Meanwhile, Sammy tires of Ollie's persistent criticism.
Abigail is devastated that her body seems to be developing and defies Miss Raine by wearing a loose top to class. Sammy is forced to buy a dance belt, with Christian as his unlikely shopping buddy. Meanwhile, in an attempt prove to Ethan that she's not just a little kid, Tara pretends to be dating Damien Lang, an older dancer in the company.
It is school camp time and Tara is ostracised by her friends and further humiliated when photos of her and Christian kissing keep appearing everywhere. Tensions culminate in a fight between Kat and Tara, and both girls learn the hard way that friendship is more important than boys.
Sammy and Christian have made a pact of brotherhood - from now on they are an island of man - but Kat wonders whether Sammy might have a man crush on his new best friend. Meanwhile, auditions for The Nutcracker are coming up and neither Kat nor Ethan are thrilled to discover their father is directing the ballet. Abigail learns her parents are separating and puts everything she has into securing a solo role.
Petra has decided to stay in Australia and enjoy life as an ordinary teenager, however when the Berlin Ballet offers her a contract she has a difficult choice to make. When Scout auditions for the junior school summer program, Kat is able to make amends for disappointing the younger girl. Meanwhile Sammy and Abigail have started meeting in secret and Abigail has no intention of making it public knowledge - they're just kissing, it's not a relationship.
Christian's sentencing hearing has been set and, believing that he's headed for juvenile detention, Christian decides to stop playing by other people's rules and goes back to his old neighbourhood. Tara has been working hard in rehab, with Ethan as her coach, but is too scared to dance again. Sammy is so focused on trying to save Christian that he's been ignoring Abigail and she has to accept that their relationship is over.
Isaiah takes his first hip-hop dancing lesson. Isaiah meets an award-winning hip-hop dancer who shows him some awesome moves. Isaiah gets to show off his new moves when he joins a kid's hip-hop dancing crew.
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.
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.
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.
It's the start of the school year for the 800 students of the Juilliard School in New York, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the world and one of the most selective. The school boasts an impressive list of now famous artists who have studied in its drama, dance and music divisions - from Yo You Ma to Kevin Spacey, from Philip Glass to Pina Bausch.
On the final leg of their tour, the third years are invited to a traditional Indigenous ceremony and return the hospitality by offering a dance class to the local kids. Christian finds he is an unexpectedly good teacher.
During rehearsals of Peter Pan Ben uses various tactics to prove to Tara he's a leading man, while Kat's efforts to research her character in the production lead to a realisation about her relationship.
Petra Hoffman arrives at the academy on exchange from the Berlin Ballet School. Homesick, she adopts a lost dog and attempts to conceal him in the Boarding House. Kat has been ditching class to spend time with her new boyfriend and her punishment is to teach ballet to a class of underprivileged kids. Tara ends up kissing Christian behind Ethan's back, leaving her feeling guilty and confused.
The Prix de Fonteyn is two days away. Tara is stunned as Grace has returned to Sydney as a representative for the UK Prix team. The students' lives are changed forever when a tragedy strikes the Academy.
Jess Quinn's here to help you get your juicy wiggle on in order to dance just like Redfoo. He was inspired to write this song while visiting Australia so it's seems fitting to learn, try at home and become the dance crew.
Country-girl Tara Webster travels to Sydney to audition for the prestigious National Academy of Dance. It's a tumultuous week as she realises her dream of becoming a dancer is going to be a lot more difficult, and humiliating, than she ever anticipated.
The National Ballet comes to town and Tara is thrilled to learn that Kat's mother is Natasha Willis, the company's principal dancer and her childhood idol. Sammy's girlfriend, Mia, also arrives forcing Sammy to evaluate his growing feelings for Abigail.
Today is sign dancing day. Emma finds a beautiful, sparkly star in her music box. Emma performs a sign dance to 'Silent Night' by combining dancing and Australian Sign Language (Auslan). What a bowtiful day!
The ABC of Dance 4 Film will challenge your expectations and tantalise your senses. Hosted by Australian dancer and choreographer Frances Rings and UK hip hop artist and theatre director Jonzi D, the three episodes showcase short dance films from around the world. The series is a unique collaboration between ABC TV, Channel 4 (UK), Arts Council England and the Australia Council for the Arts. The films have been sourced from eight different countries and also include five films that were chosen competitively to be especially commissioned for the project.
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart's most charming and engaging operas. Its fairy tale surface however, conceals a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This acclaimed production by artist William Kentridge bursts onto the stage of the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
Sisters of Gelam is a musical theatre performance by pioneering Melbourne-based Indigenous Theatre Company, Ibijerri. Combining cabaret, puppetry, dance and spoken word, Sisters of Gelam is a deeply personal, autobiographical and poetic journey into the heart of a prominent Australian clan widely known in Indigenous arts circles - the Maza family.
The world famous equestrian theatre Zingaro rehearses a spectacular show in the grounds of the palace of Versailles under the watchful eye of its formidable director Bartabas. Tension builds as the erection of the stadium that will seat thousands of spectators falls behind schedule and riders and horses prepare for what must be a perfectly choreographed and timed performance.
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