The heart Dances
When celebrated Czech choreographer Ji?í Bubení?ek and his production designer brother Otto arrive in New Zealand to prepare their work The Piano: the ballet with 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 M?ori advisor, the work epitomises cultural appropriation. He challenges the concept of freedom of expression so important to the Bubení?eks 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 Ji?í and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.