Firebird and Other Legends with A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia

The story of how one of the greatest ballet companies of the 20th Century, the celebrated Ballets Russes, came to Australia and awoke a nation, transforming the cultural landscape of conservative 30s Australia. A Thousand Encores weaves history and archival footage with a contemporary tale, following the highs and lows of creating a ballet from scratch to opening night as world-class choreographer, Graeme Murphy (Swan Lake) breathes new life into one of the most famous Ballets Russes creations - the Russian fairytale, Firebird. This documentary showcases some of the rarest archive of the Ballets Russes sourced in Australia (which holds such a treasure trove of material) and around the world. Footage and stills were sourced from both public and private collections including from Australia, UK, France, Russia, USA, Spain. The film is beautifully edited to move between contemporary performances of Ballets Russes ballets by The Australian Ballet, and footage of the original performances by the fabulous avant-garde company that thrilled audiences and transformed the cultural landscape in Australia and around the world. A Thousand Encores includes archive that even the most dedicated fans and balletomanes had never before seen.