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The Heart Dances - the journey of The Piano: the ballet (2018)

An iconic film is re-imagined by celebrated Czech dancers Jirí and Otto Bubenicek for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, setting the stage for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved.

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Rebecca Tansley
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When Czech choreographer Jirí Bubenicek and his stage designer brother Otto arrive in New Zealand to re-stage an extended version of their work The Piano: the ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the stage is set for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved. The twins, both former Principal Dancers, are now sought-after by Europe's most eminent ballet companies for their choreography and staging, but they are unaware that in New Zealand their work raises questions of cultural appropriation. Over the coming weeks the brothers must work together with Maori cultural advisor Moss Te Ururangi Patterson to adapt the work for a New Zealand context, the very process challenging concepts of freedom of expression so important to them both. Meanwhile the dancers responsible for delivering the ballet face challenges of a different kind as they come to terms with the famous characters of Ada, Stewart and Baines and the love triangle they are caught up in. They also discover that... Written by Rebecca Tansley

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Sonata for Violoncello and Piano. II Presto
Composed by Alfred Schnittke
With kind permission of Universal Edition AG, Vienna
Performed by the Saabrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra with Burkhard Godhoff, Raimund Havenith and Maria Kliegel
Conducted by Gerhard Markson
Produced by Martin Sauer
© 1998 HNH International
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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

4 April 2020 (New Zealand) See more »

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$21,883
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Phaedra Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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