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The Heart Dances - The Journey of The Piano: the Ballet

Film (Trailer) – 2018

In 2015 celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer Otto adapted award-winning film The Piano into a full-length ballet. With her second big screen documentary, Crossing Rachmaninoff director Rebecca Tansley followed the pair as they arrive in New Zealand, and begin expanding  their original production for a 2018 season with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Bubeníček faces difficult artistic decisions as he and Māori Advisor Moss Te Ururangi Patterson try to find common ground while deepening the ballet's Māori elements and themes.

A seductive behind the scenes look at the dance world.
– Reviewer Camille Khouri in Urbis, 26 June 2018

Key Cast & Crew

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Simon Raby

Cinematographer

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Thomas Gleeson

Editor

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Rebecca Tansley

Director, Producer

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Robin Laing

Producer

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Moss Te Ururangi Patterson

Subject - Māori Advisor on Piano ballet

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Otto Bubeníček

Subject - Designer of Piano ballet

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Produced by

Phaedra Film Ltd

Source

Phaedra Film Ltd

Acknowledgements

Made in association with the NZ Film Commission

Music

Additional music composed and performed by Flavio Villani

'Aotearoa' composed and performed by Minuit

'Gravity' composed and performed by Bic Runga

'Horizon' composed and performed by Aldous Harding

Soundtrack also includes music by Michael Nyman, Frédéric Chopin, Dimitri Shostakovich, Bedrich Smetana and Alfred Schnittke

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