There can be no question that ballet is one of the most enrapturing art forms out there, but I sometimes wonder if the archetypal representation of the dance as graceful, pristine and effortless quite does justice to the physicality of it. How refreshing is it to watch a short film about a ballerina, that doesn’t airbrush over the fingerprints on the mirror, the beads of sweat on the shoulder blades, the tremble of a lip as a dancer exhales?
Mollie Mills is a London-based filmmaker whose name has been flying around a lot of late thanks to her three minute portraits of Bethnal Green’s boxers, New York’s subway dancers and an Olympic figure skater. For me this short about Ruth, a ballerina in Johannesburg who Mollie ran into at the very end of a long trip to film traditional South African Pantsula dancers, is the most captivating of them all. Check out Mollie’s story of how the film came to be on her vimeo!