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Kaleidoscope - China Ballet: A Week in Beijing, A Bit Less in Shanghai

Television (Full Length) – 1985

TVNZ’s 80s arts programme follows a Royal NZ Ballet visit to China in this documentary directed by Keith Hunter. The trip is billed as a cultural exchange but the term belies the stresses of missing equipment, a director who has lost his voice, language barriers, incorporating a local seven-year-old girl into their performance and, for some, the dishes at a banquet. On a rare day off, there’s a chance to marvel at the scale of the The Great Wall; and there are insights into the everyday lives of the Chinese people as the country begins to open itself up to the world.

The land of tai chi plays host to New Zealand ballet
– Studio introduction

Key Cast & Crew

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Keith Hunter


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Jillian Ewart


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Ross Harris

Composer: music from ballet Moko

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Neil Newcombe

Sound Mix

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Fiona Copland


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Will Kong


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Music for ballet Moko composed by Ross Harris