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'Iceman' electric guitar , 1996-98

This is an Ibanez Iceman electric guitar made in Japan between 1996 and 1998. It features an irregularly shaped mahogany body with a 'galactic green' finish and a white star pattern. The case (not shown) is made of black fabric over ply and has sustained extensive damage. The lining of the case is dark velour fabric. The ...

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Sven Libaek reflects on producing music for 'Faces of Australia', 2006

This is an edited sound recording of the musician and composer, Sven Libaek, speaking about producing music for a 1968 film called 'Faces of Australia'. Sydney-based Libaek explains that he had to perform the task without having been shown any film by director Werner Wollek. He gives details of the musical group he formed, ...

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The old australian record industry

Discover a time in Australia's past when the vinyl record industry was thriving. Today you can download your choice of music at almost any time or place. But in this clip from 1963 you will experience life before music downloads and compact discs (CDs): the age of vinyl records. These records created a teenage mass market ...

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Twinkle, twinkle, little ducks

A class of children join in a singing lesson on their first day of school in 1974. Watch and see how school has changed, and stayed the same, over time.

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Gathering dance forces

Choreographer Stephen Page works with the dancers of Bangarra Dance Theatre (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers) and The Australian Ballet to create a new dance for the program 'Gathering'. Discover what happens when two sets of artists with their own cultural traditions, training and approaches to storytelling ...

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Dancing 'the state of the air'

Discover how dance and dancers can communicate the experience of weather. Choreographer Lucy Guerin introduces her dance work 'Weather' and talks about her ideas for creating a performance. Find out what drew her to this surprising subject and why she feels dance is an excellent medium for expressing ideas and different ...

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Dancing identity

What do ancient rhythms and the locking and popping of hip- hop dance have in common? Choreographer Shaun Parker was inspired by both ancient and contemporary dance forms when he created 'AM I', a dance piece that explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Explore how six dancers, a large screen, live musicians ...

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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Dance up close: Pina in 3D

How can film get close to the experience of a live performance? Director Wim Wenders created PINA as a feature-length dance film tribute to the German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in the summer of 2009. This clip shows sections of two of the works performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal, which were filmed using 3D film ...

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A dancer's dancing day

What do dancers need to do to keep at the top of their game and be ready to respond to the demands of working on new choreography? Thomas Bradley, a Sydney Dance Company member, takes us through his daily routine as a full-time dancer during the making of the dance '2 One Another'. The choreographer working with Bradley ...

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Connecting sculpture to dance

The former artistic director of Chunky Move, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, was inspired by the sculptures of Reuben Margolin to create the dance 'Connected'. These sculptures made him think about what happens when a dancer begins to dance on stage and the way they transform from a person to a body in space.

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Songmakers - How to rule the music world

This series of short films and accompanying resources explores song writing, music production and the Australian music industry. It is a structured series of clips from a video recording of a question and answer sessions between students and music producers, broken into short segments of students performing original compositions, ...

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Jimmy Little talks about being an entertainer, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of the Aboriginal singer-songwriter Jimmy Little offering advice about being a successful entertainer. Little says that entertainers must have faith in themselves and sing or entertain to suit the 'mood' of the audience. He suggests that this mood can be changed throughout a performance ...

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Embedding Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum

This website presents a range of professional learning and digital resources to support teachers in incorporating Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. It provides resources that enable Australian teachers and students to value, understand and explore Indigenous cultures, languages, histories and stories.

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'The musician', 1901

This is a very large watercolour (105.7 cm x 100.5 cm) painted in 1901 by William Blamire Young (1862-1935). It shows a music lesson in progress, with two youths playing a piano in the presence of a music teacher. The composition has been arranged so that the teacher and the piano occupy most of the image, with the youths' ...

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The Black Swan - Meryl Tankard, 1995: New vocabulary

This clip shows a sign outside the premises of the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide in 1995. Meryl Tankard, then artistic director of the theatre, describes her approach to dance and her techniques for working with dancers. The interview is intercut with footage of dancers in rehearsal with various props, ...

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Tall Tales but True: David Williamson - Playwright, 1994: At La Mama

This clip shows Australian playwright David Williamson recalling his experiences of theatre management early in his career and the difficulty of having Australian plays staged. David Williamson and his wife, Kristin, both recall first meeting on the set of Williamson's play 'The Removalists' at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne. ...

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Doesn't Everybody Want a Golden Guitar, 1995: A tribute to Tamworth

This clip shows country music singer Jane Saunders performing 'Life in a Small Town' and features three Tamworth residents talking about what makes their country town a good place to live. These tributes and Saunders's performance are interspersed in a montage of everyday life in Tamworth that includes shots of the main ...

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Doesn't Everybody Want a Golden Guitar, 1995: How to be a country music star

This clip shows a number of music industry professionals, including the legendary country music personality John 'Mr Hoedown' Minson, talking about what they believe it takes to be a success in the country music scene. It also features country music hopeful Mark O'Shea and an excerpt from a performance by one of Australia's ...