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Displaced

A resource designed for students in the Stage 5 Dance course in the components of performance, composition and appreciation. Students will identify and describe how ideas for dances have developed from a stimulus.

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

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Dancing with design: the testing phase

Explore the effects of production and design elements on dance. Lucy Guerin and her dancers have moved from the rehearsal space into the theatre. For the first time they can experience the design elements for the new dance work 'Weather'. Guerin asks the dancers to move with these elements, discovering that not all ideas ...

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Kindred spirits: dancing our identity

Who are we and where do we belong? What and who decides our identity? People often ask these questions, and some may seek to discover the answers to them. In his dance piece entitled 'ID', choreographer Stephen Page explores what makes us similar, what makes us different and what gives us a sense of belonging. The clip ...

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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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Cinderella: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on productions. Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella is a modern story ballet charting classic story to Prokofiev's cinematic score. Jerôme Kaplan’s costumes draw inspiration from Dior, Schiaparelli, the elegance of 1940s Hollywood, ...

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Finding structure in chaos

The inspiration for new dance works can be found in all sorts of ideas and issues. Choreographer Lucy Guerin describes her fascination with chaos and order and how that impacts on her choreographic decisions about how her dancers move and interact - the shape and structure of her dance work 'Weather'.

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Dancing life into traditional objects: 'Artefact'

'Weaving' is a segment from a longer dance piece called 'Artefact', a richly spiritual work about breathing life back into objects from ancient times. Choreographer Frances Rings is a descendant of the Kokatha people of South Australia. The 'Weaving' segment was inspired by the traditional knowledge and practices of the ...

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TrackSAFE Education Primary School Resources: Year 5, Year 6 The Arts

This unit uses dance, drama, visual arts and music to communicate student-created safety messages. Using a community-based scenario, students devise an improvised drama and choreograph a dance to highlight the importance of safe track-side behaviours; they use artworks to explore the effect of colour before creating a cartoon-based ...

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Crowding the dance floor

Imagine yourself in a crowd. Do you feel part of the crowd or do you feel alone in the crowd? 'Assembly', a collaboration between Chunky Move and Victorian Opera, explores these ideas through dance, choral music and sound. Here you can see aspects of the work, which reflects the ways crowds move and act. The work was devised ...

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Dancing a life story

Choreographer Leigh Warren was so inspired by the life story of his friend, Cambodian-born dancer and choreographer Xiao-Xiong Zhang, that he devised a dance about him. It's called 'Not According to Plan'. Warren collaborated on the work, for Adelaide's annual OzAsia Festival, with a designer, costume maker and composer ...

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The Sleeping Beauty: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. Told through the music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Marius Petipa and David McAllister (Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet). The website provides a rich collection of resources ...

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COPPÉLIA: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. This magical tale romps along to Delibes’ score. Swanhilda and Franz are in love…until Dr Coppelius’ haughty daughter appears. All is not what it seems and Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s ...

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Swan Lake: secondary school resource

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the world's most popular, traditional ballets. Siegfried is drawn to the lake and its secret realm of mystery and enchantment, where he falls in love with the Swan Queen ...

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Litefeet

Learn an upbeat hip hop routine from the 2019 Schools Spectacular. Explore dance technique in the performance of a specific dance style and utilise a variety of spatial, temporal and dynamic features in a dance.

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Firebird forensics

Discover more about dance by using stimulus as a starting point for dance composition and explore the elements of dance to communicate the idea of a Firebird.

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Don't stop me now

Students apply the elements of dance as they learn, perform and analyse jazz dance.

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In class with the Mark Morris Dance Group

Explore contemporary training techniques used by the Mark Morris Dance Group. Learn about the correct body alignment and placement while executing movement and the performance of dance movement with an awareness of self. Also learn repertoire from the company.

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A dancer's dancing day

What do dancers need to do to keep at the top of their game and be ready to respond to the demands of working on new choreography? Thomas Bradley, a Sydney Dance Company member, takes us through his daily routine as a full-time dancer during the making of the dance '2 One Another'. The choreographer working with Bradley ...