11 March
9:30am - 5:30pm
Location informationArc Cinema and NFSA Theatrette
Event cost$10 (for each screening)

BOLD is a festival of dance, film and workshops exploring professional and community dance. Presented in association with the National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, QL2 and Ausdance ACT.


NFSA program



Das Modell, The Dancer and Lola (Arc cinema / MA15+ / 80mins / D: Darshan Singh Bhuller / 2016 / UK / Tickets $10)

Patrick Harding-Irmer (from the London Contemporary Dance Theatre) uncovers his mother’s secret about the identity of his father, a German Olympic athlete she met on the eve of the Second World War. NB: Session includes Patrick Harding-Irmer in conversation.



The Search for Identity: Australian Dance in the 1950s (NFSA Theatrette /  G / 60mins / FREE)

Noted dance writer and historian Michelle Potter in discussion.  



From Corroboree to Ella - Indigenous Dance and the Ballet (Arc cinema / PG / 120mins / Tickets $10)

Noted Indigenous dancer and academic Vicki Van Hout in conversation with Garry Lester looks at footage of the 1951 National Ballet Theatre production of Corroboree – and the 70-year gap between this work and the appointment of the Australian Ballet’s first Indigenous dancer. Screens with Ella (2016 | 80mins | M | D: Douglas Watkins), Douglas Watkin’s 2016 documentary about that very dancer, Ella Havelka.



Meryl Tankard and Michelle’s Story (Arc cinema / G / 90mins / Tickets $10)

Internationally acclaimed artist Meryl Tankard presents a screening of her 2015 documentary Michelle’s Story, which follows the story of Michelle Ryan’s return to dance after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, to start a company for young people with disabilities.  


For the full BOLD program visit BOLD Festival.