The Resource Ella

Ella

Label
Ella
Title
Ella
Creator
Contributor
Director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ella Havelka is the first Indigenous dancer to be invited into The Australian Ballet. Ella'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's celebrated interpretation of Swan Lake in Beijing. Woven throughout the film is a moving personal journey back to Ella'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'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."
Assigning source
--Back cover
Cataloging source
NPCL
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director, Douglas Watkin; producer, Veronica Fury
Dewey number
792.8099915
Intended audience
Classification: G
Language note
English
PerformerNote
Ella Havelka
Runtime
86
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Ella
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Catalogued from container
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059250047
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (DVD) (86 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)966435172
System details
DVD video, PAL
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Ella
Publication
Copyright
Note
Catalogued from container
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059250047
Dimensions
12 cm.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (DVD) (86 minutes)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, colour
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)966435172
System details
DVD video, PAL
Video recording format
DVD

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
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