dance films (2013)
Ballet's Child is the first work by the creative team of choreographer Donna Murray and poet Lani Scozzari with collaborative work by filmmaker Tiffany Rhynard. The poetry of Ballet's Child tells the story of a young girl, whom at age 7, was told to “lose five pounds” at an audition where she stood in a line of girls in black and pink. The journey told through words and movement is one of dysmorphia and complicated coping rituals while in pursuit of technical artistry. We follow the speaker through her darkest moments only to be lifted and touched by her strength, desire and empowered choice to live.