En Pointe


Pointe work is used to change the dancers physical appearance as their centre of gravity and shape change when “up”. Pointe work comes from a desire to create elegant, non human types of movement, which is often associated with swans or spirits. This mirrors the adolescents desire to overcome the unavoidable changes that are taking place in their bodies. Young dancers often aspire to the gracefulness of pointe, ironically, just at the very time they are struggling to bring their bodies under control. This echoes the idea of a duckling turning in to a swan. The film shows the beauty, gracefulness and strength of the dancers as well as the teenagers awkwardness, vulnerability, differences, nervousness and identity within a group. Which is reflective of struggles happening beyond the dance studio in their daily life as a teenager.