Chunky Move has been a giant on the Australian contemporary dance landscape since 1995. This film tracks the 16-year history of this seminal Melbourne-based dance company through the eyes of its founder, and outgoing Artistic Director, Gideon Obarzanek. The program follows Obarzanek and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations of two major new works, Connected and Faker.
As The Australian Ballet approaches the 50th anniversary of its first performance, Artscape looks back at its origins and goes behind the scenes during the company's latest take on the classical ballet, Swan Lake.
This week Parkinson meets acclaimed ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. Acosta was born in communist Cuba as the 11th child of a truck driver. His family grew up in poverty and as a child he frequently played truant and grew up playing football in the streets, dodging trouble and the law. Seemingly destined for a life of delinquency, Acosta turned his life around; winning the Prix de Lausanne aged 16 and becoming the principal dancer at the Royal Ballet aged 25.
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.