The Heart Dances

Directed by Rebecca Tansley
2018
New Zealand
99 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The re-imagining of the iconic feature, The Piano, by two Czech dancers working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet: uncharted territory for all involved.

In 2015, celebrated Czech choreographer Jirí and his twin brother production designer Otto Bubenicek created a one-act performance inspired by Jane Campion's 1993 film. Three years later, the Royal New Zealand Ballet commissioned them to extend the work, aiming for a premiere performance in just four weeks. The twins had never been to New Zealand before, and it's clear they knew little of its history or Maori culture before arriving. The stage is set for a clash of cultural misunderstandings, despite the best efforts of Māori advisor Moss Patterson. The progress of the production, documented from audition (including casting the Anna Paquin role) to opening night, is filled with intense drama, expressive dance moves, and stunning imagery.

Special Guest

Rebecca Tansley
Director

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Fri 14 June
9:30am
State Theatre
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Sun 16 June
11am
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
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Focus on New Zealand, Festival Guests
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
New Zealand
Language
In English
Director
Rebecca Tansley
Producer
Rebecca Tansley, Robin Laing
Cinematographer
Simon Raby
Editor
Thomas Gleeson
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Dance, Women Directors, Arts, First Nations, Music
Company Credits
Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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