Features & Analysis

‘Only When I Dance’


‘Only when I dance’ is a documentary that follows two young teenagers, Isabela and Irlan, as they strive to realize their dream of becoming professional ballet dancers. Their ambition is to leave Brazil to join one of the great companies in North America. The documentary’s World Premiere was at Tribeca Film Festival, in April 2009.

For the two teenagers, dance is their way out, an escape from the poverty they live in. On stage, dance brings them to a state of ecstasy that is rarely found in their day-to-day lives. They are determined to exceed prejudices and obstacles they meet in the white elite of classical ballet. Isabela and Irlan chase a dream to dance the perfect dance against all the odds of race and of circumstance.

The screening of this emotional film takes place today, at 19:00, at Horia Bernea Studio National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul National al Taranului Roman), 3 Monetariei Street, Bucharest. The entrance is free.

British Documentary screenings take place each Monday, at 19:00, until December 19, 2011. The project is initiated by British Council through ‘New Work New Audiences’ program and it is supported by National Museum of the Romanian Peasant. The second British Documentary series began on October 3.

More information: www.britishcouncil.ro/britishdocumentary


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