By Kim Comiskey
Ballet is a very formal and strict type of performance dance. In order to become proficient at ballet dancing, one must be extremely dedicated to the art and diligent in regard to practice.
The dance profession regularly puts people in competitive situations. Dancers usually undergo auditions to find work and have to stay at the top of their physical capacities. Ballet is built on the representation of physical grace and beauty and thus requires perfect plasticity from dancers. As Ireland’s ballet industry is quite underdeveloped, most dancers will audition for schools abroad in the hopes of pursuing careers.
The documentary aims to capture the beauty of ballet, while also addressing the pressures dancing can have on both the body and mind. It will feature three to four experienced dancers from around Dublin. This is a short documentary that will be shot over April of 2013 in both DIT Aungier Street and Dance House Studios in Dublin City Centre.
The documentary will be both performative and poetic, seeking to capture the intense and striking visual images of dancing while also letting the dancers narrate their experiences of the ballet world.
This project will be part of the DIT School of Media show reel for 2013. The team is made up of both dedicated and enthusiastic crew members; all majoring in documentary for our final year.
The funding raised will go towards specialised camera equipment, studio rental and post-production.
We hope you enjoy the rewards we've put together! Thanks for supporting our documentary!