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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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Competing in the dance

Stompin, a Tasmanian-based youth dance company, created a performance based around the idea of competition - with the input of the dancers as well as their families. 'On Your Marks' also took into consideration the space where the dance was to be performed. In this clip, listen to one of the choreographers discussing how ...

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Dancing 'the state of the air'

Discover how dance and dancers can communicate the experience of weather. Choreographer Lucy Guerin introduces her dance work 'Weather' and talks about her ideas for creating a performance. Find out what drew her to this surprising subject and why she feels dance is an excellent medium for expressing ideas and different ...

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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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Making 'Weather': developing dance movements

Discover the sources of inspiration that Lucy Guerin and her dancers explore as they develop the dance work 'Weather'. In this clip, choreographer Guerin challenges the dancers to explore movement that reflects lines of pressure, or weather fronts, as they appear on a weather map.

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Dancing weather maps: ideas of circularity

Imagine a weather map you might see on the daily news. The many lines indicate different levels of air pressure that are part of what makes weather. In this clip, choreograhpher Lucy Guerin describes how a fascination with weather maps led her to explore one of her central ideas of circularity in her dance work 'Weather'.

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Dancing identity

What do ancient rhythms and the locking and popping of hip- hop dance have in common? Choreographer Shaun Parker was inspired by both ancient and contemporary dance forms when he created 'AM I', a dance piece that explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Explore how six dancers, a large screen, live musicians ...

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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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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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Making Weather: Dancing in the clouds

Observe a stage of the development of dance performance 'Weather' by Melbourne based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Guerin and her dancers have moved into the theatre where they will perform and the elements of choreography, music, set and props must now be combined. Some things need to be reworked while others need a complete ...

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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 Nutcracker: primary and secondary school resources

The Australian Ballet's EduHub provides a range of resources about ballet including information on their productions. In this re-imagining of Tchaikovsky's the Nutcracker, the story of Clara is transported to 1950s Australia where the once famous Russian ballerina is reflecting on her past life and its triumphs and travails ...

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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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Connecting sculpture to dance

The former artistic director of Chunky Move, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, was inspired by the sculptures of Reuben Margolin to create the dance 'Connected'. These sculptures made him think about what happens when a dancer begins to dance on stage and the way they transform from a person to a body in space.

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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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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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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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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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Dress Rehearsal - over to the dancers now

See how, even at the stage of dress rehearsal, a dance performance continues to develop and refine. In this clip choreographer Lucy Guerin discusses the big ideas which have shaped her dance work 'Weather' for her company Lucy Guerin Inc. We see Guerin working on the final details of the dancers' spacing as well as the ...

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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 ...