The Resource Ella

Ella

Label
Ella
Title
Ella
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Distributor
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Language
eng
Summary
An important project {u2026} a well-packaged glimpse into a very valuable story. {u2026} It{u2019}s altogether dreamy, heroic and genuine - don{u2019}t miss it! - Dov Kornits, FilmInk..Ella Havelka is the first Indigenous dancer to be invited into The Australian Ballet...Ella{u2019}s introduction to dance began at the Dubbo Ballet Studio and with the help of scholarships and hand-me-down tutus, she quickly started winning local Eisteddfods and was soon dancing six days a week...In 2009, after four years of training in The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Ella joined Bangarra, the Sydney-based Indigenous dance company, where she learnt not only the very different rigours of contemporary dance, but began a powerful and moving journey of self-discovery into her Indigenous heritage...It was not until 2012 when Bangarra did a joint performance with The Australian Ballet - Warumuk - in the dark night - that the call of the ballet was re-ignited within Ella. She accepted an offer to become the first Indigenous dancer to join The Australian Ballet in its 50 year history...The film follows Ella as she faces the challenges of adapting back to being en pointe after four years of barefoot dancing with Bangarra, and we see her face fierce competition for roles. We also go with The Australian Ballet on tour to China where Ella dances in Graeme Murphy{u2019}s celebrated interpretation of Swan Lake in Beijing...Woven throughout the film is a moving personal journey back to Ella{u2019}s roots. Guided by her mother, Ella begins to reconnect with her Indigenous culture, hearing Wiradjuri language, engaging in basket weaving with Elders and visiting the gravesites of her people for the first time. She also explores her childhood. Both Ella and Janna give intimate accounts of the circumstances surrounding her birth, for Ella never knew her father, even though he lived in the same town. However, after his death Ella was given a scrapbook of clippings that he had kept, painstakingly documenting her whole career. She feels now that he was, and always is, with her...Ultimately, we follow Ella as she finds her own unique form of expression through dance, choreographing her own work. Using a blend of Bangarra{u2019}s contemporary Indigenous styles and traditional western ballet, Ella finally expresses herself in her own distinctive way...ELLA was directed by Douglas Watkin, an exciting Indigenous filmmaker from Queensland making his first long-form documentary after 20 years in television
Cataloging source
VDU
Language note
In English
Label
Ella
Publication
Distribution
Note
Film
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
c
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1389498
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (83 minutes)
Media category
  • video
  • computer
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
  • v
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b3610324x
System control number
kanopy389499

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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