Canada | 2016 | 68 min
Cinematography: Lynne Spencer
Distribution: Lynne Spencer Productions
Editing: Lynne Spencer
Music: Michael Bushnell, Owen Underhill, Tobin Stokes
Producer: Lynne Spencer
Sound: Lynne Spencer
Production: Lynne Spencer Productions


Presented in partnership with Danse Danse

In the world of classical ballet, artists are willing to make any sacrifices to maintain their hard-earned status, and to endure the most excruciating pain to continue their path towards perfection. What happens to dancers whose injuries threaten their ability to pursue their life’s passion? This film recounts the story of Simone Orlando, a principal dancer with Vancouver’s Ballet BC for twelve years. While working on a new ballet, she suffered a severe hip injury. From that moment on, she experienced both the hope of healing and the fear of having to leave the dance studio forever. She did everything humanly possible to continue to dance. Lynne Spencer’s first documentary relates this touching and inspiring story, interweaving interviews and unreleased clips from rehearsals and performances by Ballet BC.


Lynne Spencer

Lynne Spencer is an independent film director who began her career in the mainstream industry in 1993, working on features such as Double Jeopardy and Elf. She began directing in 2005, creating short films, videos for dance and commercial work for Ballet BC and Lululemon. Her work has been presented at the Joyce SoHo New York, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Whistler Film Festival and Scotiabank Dance Centre. The documentary Broken (2016) is her debut feature film.
Filmography | First film.

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Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 15
Presented by Danse Danse