Synopsis: Marie-Astrid Mence has been a member of Ballet Black since 2014—a seminal dance company formed of Black and Asian performers who astound audiences with displays of balletic beauty and power. Mence’s journey to becoming their Senior Artist, however, had a turbulent beginning in her hometown of Paris. In this documentary profile comprised of prose and pirouettes, Mence narrates her uncomfortable journey from adolescent to ballerina and her struggles in an industry that fails to see past her skin colour.
About the Filmmaker: Rebecca Murray is a creative director and choreographer. She has been dancing for 17 years, having trained with The Royal Ballet School, Laines Theatre Arts and Bird College. After college, she took her passion for performing and began her career in film.
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