1951, 10 Minutes. Exempt from classification.
An early attempt by the National Theatre Ballet Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to synthesize elements of traditional Aboriginal dance and ceremony into a formal, contemporary ballet. Inspired by composer John Antill’s best known work which was based on an authentic corroboree that he had witnessed as a child, the ballet was commissioned by the Arts Council of Australia and was choreographed by Rex Reid.
This is the film of the world premiere of Corroboree in Sydney, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the rehearsal, design and preparation that went into it.
Produced by the Department of the Interior for the Australian National Film Board. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Producer: John Martin Jones
Running Time: 10 Minutes
Featured People: Rex Reid (choreographer), William Constable (set design), Arvid Fibigs, Aina Reega (Latvian-Australian dancers)
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Composition and Musicology; Fine Arts - Dance Performance; Ballet Studies; History of Australian Ballet; The Development of Dance in Australia; Performing Arts.