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Listed under:  Arts  >  Dance  >  Dance genres  >  Performance dance

Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, 2001: Ballet outdoors

This clip shows part of a re-enactment of 'L'Après-midi d'un Faune' ('The Afternoon of a Faun'), a dance performance originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. The young faun meets six nymphs in the forest, who are at once attracted to and frightened by him. One drops a scarf, which the Faun finds and makes love to in ...

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A fusion of art forms in contemporary dance

In what ways is contemporary dance different to other dance forms? In this interview from 2009, Gideon Orbarzanek, the former Artistic Director of dance company Chunky Move, discusses some of the elements of the very successful work 'Mortal Engine'.

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Discovering democracy: law

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the struggles of Indigenous Australians for land rights. Look in particular at the early land rights petition of 1963 and the roles played by Vincent Lingiari and Eddie Mabo. Complete a related task.


Ron Merkel discusses the native title claim process, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the process required for lndigenous communities to mount native title claims. Merkel outlines the criteria for native title to be recognised by the Court. He also talks about how the native title process has involved oral ...


Ron Merkel discusses the importance of native title, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the importance of native title claims. Merkel presents his views about the connection between land and identity for Indigenous people and about successful and unsuccessful native title claims. The recording was made in ...


Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...


Ron Merkel discusses the phrase 'washed away by the tide of history', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing a High Court of Australia judge's statement that a person's right to native title may have been 'washed away by the tide of history'. Merkel describes the expression, used by one of the judges in the Mabo native title case, ...


Mparntwe Sacred Sites, 2004: 'A big book'

This clip presents an Indigenous view of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). It includes Indigenous music and aerial views accompanied by a voice-over explaining how the landscape of Mparntwe was created by ancestral beings as they travelled through the country. Arrernte Elder Max Stuart explains that the traditions are alive despite ...


Searchlight on Japan, c1948: Rehabilitation and re-education

This clip shows Allied attempts to 're-educate' the Japanese population and transform Japan into a peaceful democratic state after the Second World War. Street scenes show occupation forces mingling with civilians. In a library there are new textbooks about democracy, and the narrator says that 'existing textbooks have ...


Strictly Ballroom, 1992: 'I want to dance with you'

This clip shows Scott alone in a studio performing his individual style of dancing in front of the mirror, unaware that Fran, a shy dance student, is secretly watching him. Scott uses every part of this private space to practise, accompanied by an upbeat rhythmic soundtrack. His free-form choreography contrasts markedly ...


Just Peanuts, 1954: Processing peanuts

This clip from an industrial documentary made in 1954 shows the processing of peanuts from roasting to the production of peanut butter. Peanuts emerge from roasting ovens for cooling, blanching and husking. Uniformed female operators remove imperfect nuts from a conveyor belt. The nuts are crushed into peanut butter, extruded ...


After Mabo, 1997: Fiction of terra nullius

The clip shows Indigenous leaders Peter Yu and Noel Pearson discussing Indigenous rights to land and the native title legislation that was introduced by the Labor government under prime minister Paul Keating after the Mabo decision in 1992. It includes the government's rationale and a discussion of the effect on pastoral ...


After Mabo, 1997: A country's shame

The clip shows developments over the three-year period from the passage in December 1993 of the Native Title Act 1993 in the Australian Senate to the response to tabled amendments to the Act after John Howard became prime minister in 1996. It includes footage of the parliamentary debate and the main points in the legislation, ...


After Mabo, 1997: Law stick

The clip shows the Howard government's response to the Wik decision of 23 December 1996 and Indigenous responses to the government's signals that there would be further amendments to the Native Title Act 1993. It shows part of the Aboriginal Land Councils' Wik Summit in 1997. Wik Elder Jean George calls for justice and ...


The Redfern address given by prime minister Paul Keating, 1992

This is a recording of excerpts from an address by prime minister Paul Keating (1944-) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern on 10 December 1992. Keating outlines what he describes as Australia's failure to extend opportunity, care, dignity and hope to its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He declares that ...


Sealing milk bottles

This is a 1945 photograph of a semi-automatic machine sealing milk bottles with aluminium caps. A man is removing the capped bottles. Behind him are tracks, along which crates can be pushed. The man wears a short-sleeved, protective overall jacket over a collar and tie, and a hat.


Polishing marble for Melocco Bros, 1984

This is a 1984 photograph of Peter Panelli and Peter Cremesco, two Italian migrants, polishing marble at the Melocco Bros masonry works in Sydney. The workers are handling a large slab of white marble, which is on a conveyor belt leading into a large metal box-like machine, probably containing the polisher.


Demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights in 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows a demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights outside the then Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) in Canberra.


Protesters outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows Aboriginal activists outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of (Old) Parliament House in Canberra.


Road building, Canberra, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph taken looking south along Mort Street, Braddon, a suburb of Canberra, in 1927. The surface of the road is being 'macadamised'. In the centre of the photo, steam can be seen rising from a steam roller, and in the background behind it can be seen the Civic Centre. On the left-hand side ...