Doco delves into ballet adaptation of The Piano

Morning Talk 25/07/2018

An elegant new film from the director of Crossing Rachmaninoff takes us backstage at the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a brilliantly theatrical European interpretation of a New Zealand classic re-enters the culture that inspired it.

Director Rebecca Tansley joined Morning Talk with Mark Sainsbury to talk about her film The Heart Dances – the journey of The Piano: The Ballet which is now playing at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer, Otto are stars in the European dance world.

Ms Tansley 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.

“What intrigued me in the first instance when I heard that this would be happening was the connection with The Piano, and the fact that this really iconic story had sort of given birth to this idea of creating a ballet.”

I was intrigued by this idea of adaptation.

Once research and filming began Ms Tansley realised it was a much more layered story than that.

Listen to the full interview with Rebecca Tansley above.

Rebecca Tansley will present her film in person at its NZIFF screenings.

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