Dancing on Icebergs


The documentary film Dancing on Icebergs charts the two-year-long making of the short film Antarctica: The First Dance created by Kiwi choreographer Corey Baker, and Royal New Zealand Ballet star Madeleine Graham.

The creative duo both spent twelve days on the ice for the film. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be there dancing. It was incredible,” Ms Graham said. The Australian-born ballerina started dancing at age seven.

Antarctica: The First Dance features Ms Graham suspended within a glacier and sliding down mountainsides as temperatures reached as low as -16 degrees. “As dancers, we’re used to looking out into the complete darkness, so to be dancing and looking out into something so spectacular and inspiring gave me that extra kind of feeling and reason to do what I was doing,” she said.

See the intense fragility and austere beauty of the polar landscape, while witnessing the current crisis it is facing from climate change.

program info

Feature Ticket, Festival Pass

Director(s): Corey Baker

New Zealand, 2018 - 78 minutes

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