'The Heart Dances - the Journey of The Piano: the ballet' to screen at NZIFF

The Heart Dances is a new film directed by Rebecca Tansley, documenting celebrated Czech dancers Jiří and Otto Bubeniček who, at the invitation of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, set out to expand their 2015 adaptation of Jane Campion's iconic film The Piano.

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

Tansley’s documentary focuses on the beauty of the Bubeníčeks’ work – the music, the theatricality, the costumes and the dance.

It also highlights the logistical, cultural and historical challenges facing The Bubeníčeks and the adaptation's undertaking, through to the ultimate celebration of the performance of an age-old art that continues to thrive. 

Aeroplane Music was delighted to be music supervisors on the project, licensing a range of music spanning Charles Ives, Michael Nyman, Alfred Schnittke, Dimitri Shostakovich, Bedrich Smetana, Flavio Villani, Bic Runga, Aldous Harding to Minuit.

The Heart Dances is screening at the NZIFF on Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August. For more details head over to the NZIFF website.