The Heart Dances - the journey of The Piano: the ballet - Thursday 16 May - 6:30pm - $10
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.
When Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his stage designer brother Otto arrive inNew Zealand to restage 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 Māori 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 retelling this story raises questions – in their case about inter-personal rather than inter-cultural relationships.
As the premiere date approaches, and the company works behind the scenes to bring the many elements of this memorable story together, aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new
challenges, new understandings – while Jiří and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they imagined.
2018 | DIR Rebecca Tansley | G | 1hr 38mins | $10
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More about the film
The Piano is a 1993 feature film written and directed by Jane Campion and produced by Jan Chapman, starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin.
The film was a critical and commercial success. It won the Palme d’Or, making Campion the first woman to win the supreme prize at Cannes Film Festival. In 1994 Campion also won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
The piano used in the RNZB production is the original piano prop from the 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.”
Bill Gosden, New Zealand International Film Festival
“some of the most enlightening sequences of dancers at work
produced in New Zealand.”
Dan Slevin, Radio New Zealand
Official film stills
Why we are showing this film
Rebecca's documentary of the making of ballet version of The Piano shows us, in an echo of the fictional inspiration screenplay, that there remain issues to be resolved around the relationships, and the representation of Maori and the Maori world.
For those seeing our previous screening of the documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff, there are creative as well as artistic links between the two, including music from Flavio Villani, cinematography by multi award winning Simon Raby, editing by Thomas Gleeson, and of course, director Rebecca Tansley.
Classification in New Zealand
You can now make your evening extra special, with a pre-screening meal at The Blend Cafe & Fusion Restaurant, which is just around the corner on Victoria Avenue. Show them your online ticket or reservation number and you'll receive a generous 10% discount off your bill.
Offer includes takeaway drinks and available snacks, which you're welcome to consume up at Confluence if you're running close to 6:30pm.