Nutcracker: the Story of Clara

The Australian Ballet

Various film segments created by Philippe Charluet (originated on 16 mm & Super 8). These are projected within and over the whole sets of this Australian Ballet’s production, choreographed by Graeme Murphy (originally created in 1992 and restaged in 2002, 2009 & 2017 – segments filmed in 1992 & 2002). The story is set on a hot Melbourne Christmas Eve in late 1950s. Clara is not a child but a frail ex-ballerina, reliving her rich and eventful life in one night of feverish dreams.

2017 Season

Front video: sets the start of the Russian revolution – our bolsheviks are now portrayed as rats and our heroin (all Australian Ballet’s artists) is weaved within Siegei Eisenstein’s Oktiabr, which, incredibly!, was filmed over 90 years ago.  Note how well the Melbourne National Theatre match the russian palace in the film.

Videos Tab above: Excerpts where other film components were used

Photo GalleryReview

Over the years, we have also created many film components for either stage productions or exhibitions including for Ausdance, the Arts Centre (Victoria), Sidney Myer Performing Arts & Helpmann Awards, Sydney Festival First Night, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Theatre Company,  Sydney Dance Company, Green Mill Dance Project, Theatre of Image, Opera Australia, The State Library of Australia, Elisabethan Theatre Trust and World Expo on Stage …

  • The Australian Ballet School’s Archives

  • Meryl Tankard:

    a Unique Choreographic Voice

  • ‘Seven Impossible Pieces for Four Dancers’

    & ‘Departure’ – Australian Dance Artists