Premiering on National Coming Out Day 2019, the goal of this piece is to encourage more diverse storytelling and inclusion in the ballet world through portraying a queer female couple on screen.
As the director and executive producer, I collaborated with singer/songwriter Daphne Willis (#2 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart, whose previous collaborators include Meghan Trainor), New York City Ballet Soloist, Georgina Pazcoguin, Broadway dancer Skye Mattox (Fosse/Verdon, Carousel), and choreographer Adriana Pierce (Spielberg's West Side Story).
After crowdfunding over the summer of 2019, we shot the piece on a Red Epic on the stages at the official YouTube Space in New York City.
We wanted to give a voice to the LGBTQ community and bring queer representation to an art form where it is rarely depicted. We hope this film paves the way for more female choreographers, progressive storylines, and diverse individuals pursing ballet and the arts.
The Dance Edit
The Dance Enthusiast
Victoria Duncan - Director / Executive Producer / Co-Editor
Adriana Pierce - Choreographer
Sheldon Walker - Director of Photography
Lee Milby - Production Designer
Alexander Frasse - Co-Editor
Qinza Malik Khan - Producer
Kat Cameron - Producer
Pooja Chauhan - Producer
Cameron Dinwiddie - Associate Producer
Kimberly Moore - Associate Producer
Shivangani Suri - Assistant Director
Walter Alexander Perez - Production Assistant
Michelle (Ziyi) Yao - Production Assistant / Art PA
Marco Andre - Camera Operator
Xiaoyu Chen - 1st Assistant Camera
Benjamin Handel - 2nd Assistant Camera
Eren Dennis Gedikoglu - Gaffer
Lucas Mestrallet - Key Grip
John Patrick White - Swing / Art Production Assistant
Cassaundra Franklin - Art Director
Tetiana Glushchenko - Hair and Make-Up
Amanda Broll - Stylist / Art Production Assistant
Lucila Manara Benedit - Art Production Assistant
Emily Bailey - Colorist
Sarah Lynne Midkiff - Behind-The-Scenes Photographer / Videographer
Gwyneth Ong - Photo Editor / Graphic Designer
Connor Kerrigan - Marley Installer
Stephen Kerrigan - Marley Installer
Daphne Willis - Singer/Songwriter "I Am Enough"
Ali VanHouten - Assistant to Daphne Willis
Dylan LoBue - YouTube Space Production Coordinator
Special thanks to:
-Our Indiegogo Backers
-The YouTube Space NY
-Ripley Grier Studios