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RHYTHM IS IT! records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Simon Rattle ...
Royston Maldoom ...
Susannah Broughton ...
Marie Theinert ...
Martin Eisentraut ...
Olayinka Shitu ...
Volker Eisenach ...
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Berliner Philharmoniker
Miriam Pech ...


RHYTHM IS IT! records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into boroughs of low life for the sake of 250 youngsters. They had been strangers to classical music, but after arduous but thrilling preparation they danced to Stravinsky's 'Le Sacre du Printemps' ('The Rite of Spring'). Recorded with a breathtaking fidelity of sound, this film from Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch documents the stages of the Sacre project and offers deep insights into the rehearsals of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Written by BOOMTOWN MEDIA BERLIN

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educational film | dance


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16 September 2004 (Germany)  »

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Rytm to jest to!  »

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Good energy can spread!
19 November 2004 | by (Bielefeld) – See all my reviews

This is a very remarkable documentary movie. A large group of underprivileged kids and teens is brought together in a dancing project. They are to dance to Sacre du Printemps by Stravinsky, not the easiest music anyway. Most of them had never before been to a classical concert. Now they will dance accompanied by the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra. In the first week one doesn´t really believe that this will work well. Some kids find it hard, some even almost unbearable. However, they keep track. The dancing teacher, Royston, speaks their language, because he himself worked his way up from a very difficult social environment. Sometimes his tone is rough, almost rude, but at the same time he transports the aura of a firm belief in these kids. The result is amazing and very touching. The project is a huge success. And you can see the joy in the eyes of children who were never praised or applauded to before, and what it means to them to have achieved all this. Go see it! You´d be sorry if you missed it.

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