The Heart Dances – the Journey of The Piano
1 hours 39 minutes
Age restriction:
Rebecca Tansley
The Royal New Zealand Ballet,
James Webster,
Moss Te Ururangi Patterson,
Otto Bubeníček,
Jiří Bubeníček,
The Heart Dances – the Journey of The Piano

1 hours 39 minutes | Rated PG

In cooperation with the Canterbury Film Society, Alice is proud to present The Heart Dances: the Journey of The Piano.

This event is open to the public, entry is by koha. Bookings are recommended, tickets must be collected 20 minutes before the screening or will become void.

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Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer, Otto are stars in the European dance world, creators of vital, innovative contemporary ballets. Director Rebecca Tansley (Crossing Rachmaninoff) follows them from Prague to Aotearoa as they take up an invitation from the Royal New Zealand Ballet to expand their adaptation, made in Germany in 2015, of Jane Campion’s film. Tansley’s documentary feasts on the sheer beauty of the Bubeníčeks’ work – the music, the theatricality, the costumes, the suite of achingly expressive pas de deux at the heart of the piece.

“This is the 21st century and we have to stand proud as Māori, but we also have to find ways to work together, to be together and to create together.” – Moss Te Ururangi Patterson.

“Ballet documentary The Heart Dances is a lesson in cross-cultural understanding.”  – Alice Webb-Liddall.

“In 2015, Czech duo Jirí and Otto Bubenícek adapted the film into a one-act ballet, which was performed by a German company. Intrigued, and probably sensing a potential hit with local audiences, The Royal New Zealand Ballet invited the twin brothers to Wellington to expand the work and to stage it with the RNZB company. The show was – eventually – a triumph. But the journey there was nettlesome and eventful. The Heart Dances is the story of that journey.” – Graeme Tuckett.



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