Series: Arts and Culture
Victorian England was heavily shaped by the Industrial Revolution. While some prospered in this society, many others lived gruelling industrial lives from which Christmas offered only a brief reprieve. This programme explores the influences on and Gothic elements of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to senior English students studying this text. Show Less
By the mid-20th century, New Orleans had gone from a city modernised by the Jazz Age to a hub of poverty and crime. While middle-class Americans thrived, poor and marginalised segments of the population continued to struggle. This video explores how the idea of the American Dream inspired and influenced Tennessee Williams’ play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to students studying this text. Show Less
Motivate students to experience the sensational world of the fabric store! A high school student takes them on a tour and presents the basics of: • Fabric (understanding fibres) • Patterns (understanding the envelope) • Notions • Craft supplies • Sewing machines (understanding the differences) Show Less
Aboriginal art is world-renowned when it comes to dot paintings. There is, however, an incredible diversity of Aboriginal art outside of this style. Focusing on materials and practice, this interview-based programme explores the relationship between country, perspectives and context, materials and process, technique, style, and the Aboriginal art industry. We talk with urban and traditional Aboriginal artists from across the country, including Brook Andrew; Bindi Cole; desert artist, Otto; Australian art historian, Dr Susan Lowish; curator, Phillip Batty; and those involved in production on Aboriginal communities. Perfect for senior secondary and TAFE students in the fields of fine art, art history and cultural studies, this production looks at the many methods and mediums used in the production of Aboriginal art. Show Less
Aboriginal art is world-renowned when it comes to dot paintings. There is, however, an incredible diversity of Aboriginal art outside of this style. Focusing on philosophy and culture, this interview-based programme explores what is meant by ‘Aboriginal art’, inspiration and influence, interpretation and symbolism, and meanings and messages. It also investigates the cultural functions of art. We talk with urban and traditional Aboriginal artists from across the country, including Brook Andrew; Bindi Cole; desert artist, Otto; Australian art historian, Dr Susan Lowish; and curator Phillip Batty. Perfect for senior secondary and TAFE students in the fields of fine art, art history and cultural studies, this production digs beneath the surface to explore the rich complexity and cultural significance of Aboriginal art practices. Show Less
Featuring interviews with prominent Aboriginal figures, this program traces Aboriginal views of history. Drawing on significant dates in Australian history, the program allows Aboriginal people to tell their versions of events that have shaped Australia. Aboriginal people speak openly about cultural dispossession and resistance and give vivid accounts of life on the missions. Show Less
Featuring Brett Wood, this programme shows students how to develop scripted and improvised parts, and we see how one scenario can be changed in many different ways, whether it's by a change in tone, a word or an action.
This lively programme examines the rich history of dance in Australia; from Aboriginal dancing to the rise of ballet; from the influence of Robert Helpmann to the major role of today's contemporary dance companies in Australian identity. Australian dance is both fresh and passionate. Different cultures dance to celebrate their land, their myths and their identity. Australia is continually discovering new forms of self-expression through dance, in tune with the spirit of the landscape. Most importantly is that this evolution of dance is uniquely Australian. Show Less
This video looks at an introduction to basic acting skills.
A short video demonstrating basic ballet positions.
Woollarawarre Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, from the Port Jackson area in Sydney. With extraordinary curiosity and diplomacy, Bennelong led his community to survive a clash of cultures, and left a legacy that reverberates through contemporary life. Bennelong is Bangarra at its best. In a unique Australian dance language, the company celebrates the continuation of life and culture through the power, artistry and passion of the country’s most outstanding dancers. With its immersive soundscapes and exquisite design, Bennelong will leave you in awe of Australia’s history – and its power to repeat. Teachers are advised to review the work before selecting it for study, as it includes scenes/themes that some viewers may find challenging. Show Less
Presented by Mariette Rups-Donnelly, this programme is based on the Laban method, and how using observation and detail in effort/ action exercises can help an actor prepare a character.
This video demonstrates how to choreograph a routine.
Dunhuang Dance is a form of Chinese dance that draws sources from body movements depicted in artefacts found in Dunhuang Mogao Caves. Located in Gansu Province of China, along the Silk Route, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences, the seven hundred and thirty five caves are famous for their statues and fresco paintings, spanning 1,000 year of Buddhist art. Thousand Hand Guan Yin, a representative of Dunhuang Dance featured in this programme is a contemporary creation conceived by the renowned Chinese choreographer, Zhang Jigang, and produced by the China Disabled Performing Art Troupe. In this dance, a group of hearing-impaired dancers effectively utilise their body language to communicate the magic of "thousand hands" and hints at the deep meaning of Buddhism, its luminescence and boundless love. Show Less
This programme provides an overview of the historical development of Long Sleeve Dance, a dance form dating back to the 7th century BCE, a time that is known as the Spring-and-Autumn period in Chinese history. It introduces a some of the codified language of Long Sleeve Dance. Highlighted are the Long Sleeve Dance performances titled The Colours of Water choreographed by Wang Yukun and Miao Xiaolong and Zhao Jun Departs the Frontier choreographed by Jiang Huaxuan. In Zhao Jun Departs the Frontier, Liu Min, a nationally acclaimed dance master, employs exquisite language of Long Sleeve to convey the conflicted emotions of Zhao Jun (one of "The Four Beauties" known in Chinese History) as she leaves her homeland and lavish lifestyle for the grasslands of the remote north as part of peace treaty. The dance tells an ancient story of loyalty, heroism and self-sacrifice for the common good. Show Less
Using the VEA logo as a real-life example, the process of conceptualising, designing and producing a logo is examined.
Leonardo left his impression on the world and continues to inspire people of every generation. This magazine-style special will look at the lives and works of several modern day Leonardos and how they are leaving their mark on the world.
A short video about dealing with stage fright. Includes tips and techniques.
By the 1940s, the travelling salesman had become a familiar part of American life and Americans were relishing their newfound economic prosperity. But beneath the country’s mask of economic contentment, many fears and anxieties continued to fester. This video looks at how the idea of the American Dream inspired and influenced Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’. It provides a valuable accompaniment to students studying this film. Show Less
A lively, entertaining, quickly-paced video narrated by an award-winning actress! Take your students on a whirlwind tour of the natural world, the fashion world, ancient times, modern past-times, interiors, exteriors, and everything in between for a thorough grounding in the PRINCIPLES of design; balance, rhythm, scale, and harmony. Show Less
The Dig It team is at it again through the eyes of two young explorers. This program focuses specifically on the Aboriginal occupation of Australia since before the recognised beginning of world history. Other points covered are; early visitors, traders and explorers to Australia, the arrival of the British and their impact on Aboriginal culture, the reasons for British settlement and the effects all this has had on today's Aboriginal Communities. Expert commentary is included from Dr. Mark Harris, Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies and Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne. It is an entertaining and informative program, which provides a wealth of information for students. Show Less
This programme looks at key developments since 1974 in the history of East Timor and the events surrounding the referendum in August 1999.
This dynamic programme takes an in-depth look at the structure and components of narrative writing. Whether it be a novel, short story, film or video game, narratives can take many forms but will always include character, plot, setting and themes. These elements are brought to life through the careful stylistic choices of the author. This programme provides clear and concise explanations of the key elements of narrative writing with examples that viewers will readily relate to. Show Less
This programme traces the 'birth' of the individual in modern society. It begins with Jean Jacques Rousseau who believed that civilisation had corrupted people's morals and that government systems had suppressed the liberty of individuals. However, Rousseau's ideas had a powerful effect and inspired other writers in the New World, like Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge, who championed individual liberty, protest and democracy in Europe. Show Less
This programme looks at how the modern notion of Nature developed. After the chaos of the French Revolution, the concept of liberty became associated with the natural world rather than political events. Rousseau's theories about Nature dismissed earlier 'civilised' trends of picturesque vistas and landscaped parks. Show Less