Movie and Q&A with bona-fide ballet superstar Sergei Polunin

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

In New Zealand to perform at the Auckland Arts Festival, ballet superstar Sergei Polunin will appear tomorrow (that's Wednesday, folks!) at a Q&A after a screening of Dancer at the Academy Cinemas.

The documentary, from Oscar-nominated director Steven Cantor, charts Polunin's battles with identity and commitment as he makes the transition from ballet prodigy to legend.

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet's youngest-ever principal. However, at age 25 he walked away from it all, stardom having all but driven him to self destruction. Dancer is an unprecedented examination of this complex young man who made ballet go viral.

Meet and question the man himself, Wed 22 March, from 6pm. Tickets $25, book through the Academy Cinemas website.

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Free screening of The heART of the Matter

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

For those of you who missed it when it premiered at the NZIFF last year, there's a free screening of The heART of the Matter next month. (WIFT member Jan Bieringa produced the feature.)

The HeART of the Matter looks at major changes in New Zealand teaching which began after World War ll. A group of bureaucrats and arts specialists set about introducing a "thoroughly bicultural and arts-centred education system" to schools - in contrast to the rote learning of the past. Combining interviews and archival footage, Luit and Jan Bieringa (The Man in the Hat) examine this period of radical educational reform, and ask what lessons can be applied to the present.

When: 6pm, Monday 10 April
Where: The Beehive Theatrette
RSVP: Sheila Linton at