Thursday, May 7, 2009


Berlin, January 2003. In a former bus depot something amazing is happening. 250 pupils from 25 nations ranging in age from eight to early 20s from all social classes, multiple countries and ethnic backgrounds are dancing to Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, which they have rehearsed for nearly three months, trained by the British choreographer Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under its chief conductor, Sir Simon Rattle. A delightful and moving record of the fascination of music, of the need for safeguarding education and training, of passion, diligence, love, esteem and zest.

Directors Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch, follow the putting-on-a-show musical over six weeks of rehearsal concluding with the kids in performance, and it is a sight worth beholding. It is a joyous revelation for the kids when they realise what they can and have achieved. Acclaimed editing, stellar cinematography and a brilliant sound mix emotional elevate this film to become an unparalleled audio visual feast.

Rhythm is it!

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