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.
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.
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.
Where can you get powerhouse performances from Australia's hottest Indigenous artists like Dan Sultan, Christine Anu, Archie Roach, Ali Mills, Frank Yamma and Bangarra Dance Theatre all in the one place? Easy - be watching SBS's broadcast of the 2010 Deadly Awards.
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.
Philanthropist James Fleck's own passion takes flight, with a little help from some of Canada's most prominent artists, including cellist Shauna Rolston, Shakespearean actor Albert Schultz, and prima ballerina Karen Kain. Under their expert guidance, Fleck gets to experience the tremendous sense of exultation that comes from playing Bach or mastering the waltz.
Award-winning filmmakers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - aka The Ballet Boyz - join The Royal Ballet as they embark on a historic tour to Cuba. It's the first time a major international ballet company has visited Cuba since the revolution and coincides with its 50th anniversary.
Abstract modern dance piece where two male dancers, one in the real world and an animated one in the cyberworld of Second Life, gradually start to cross over into each other's performance space.
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