The Heart Dances is about the creation of The Piano: the ballet which was commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. The movie was originally screened in 2018 at the NZIFF but is now receiving a general release on the 4th April 2019. Last year marked 25 years since the film was released that the ballet drew inspiration from.
Director Rebecca Tansley had the following to say, “It’s no exaggeration to say The Piano was a life-changing film for me and I knew the process of creating a ballet inspired by Jane Campion’s incredible story would be a challenging one. Our film enables audiences to experience the pleasure and the pain that went into that process – it’s a real ride that is way more than just a ballet film.”
Rialto Distribution sales manager Kevin Gordon said, “we’re very proud to help bring this beautiful film to New Zealand cinemas. The Heart Dances has captured an important moment in New Zealand’s rich performance landscape and will be enjoyed by audiences around the country.”
Here’s a little about the film: “When celebrated Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his production designer brother Otto arrive in New Zealand to prepare their work The Piano: the ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the stage is set for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved.
For Moss Patterson, engaged by the RNZB as Māori advisor, the work epitomises cultural appropriation. He challenges the concept of freedom of expression so important to the Bubeníčeks while raising important questions about representation with the ballet company.
The dancers face challenges of a different kind as they come to terms with the famous characters of Ada, Stewart and Baines and the love triangle they are caught up in.
As the whole company works to bring this memorable story to the stage, aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new challenges – while Jiří and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.”
Watch the official trailer here: