The Heart Dances – The Journey Of The Piano: The Ballet









2018 | NZ | 99mins | PG

  • Directed by Rebecca Tansley (‘Crossing Rachmaninoff’)
  • Starring Jiří Bubeníček, Otto Bubeníček, Moss Patterson, Patricia Barker
  • Documentary, Festival & Independent



  • 8 May, Wednesday, 7:30PM NEW, once

Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček and his twin brother and designer, Otto are stars in the European dance world, creators of vital, innovative contemporary ballets.

Rebecca 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.

Tansley’s documentary feasts on the sheer beauty of the Bubeníčeks’ work — the music, the theatricality, the costumes, the suite of achingly expressive pas de deux at the heart of the piece. (New Zealand International Film Festival)

compelling, engaging and often spectacular look at a real-life drama
Graeme Tuckett, Stuff