Laura Gilson

BALLERINOS reflects the conversation, Laura Gilson had with three professional male ballet dancers. Together they explored the dancer's journey of pursuing ballet as a career. A course with many struggles, such as bullying, homophobia and the many sacrifices they had to make in order to achieve their live's dream. Ballet is a delicate, aesthetically beautiful Art form, full of emotions, often still perceived by society as a female dance form. BALLERINOS addresses the challenges that come with being a man in a career that is non-conforming to the male stereotype. While in their job they are often appreciated only for their performing capabilities, this film shows the human and raw side of each dancer. 

Who are you when you are dancing? While talking about Masculinity, Dance and Individuality, they are dancing only and fully as themselves.

Laura Gilson

Designer. Explorer of what I don't know.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Happy and healthy, with lovely people around me.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Finding a balance, to challenge myself but also to know which battles to fight and when to rest.

Who or what inspires you?

Anyone that is kind and compassionate. Happy people.

How do you approach a new project?

Having Tea with my roommate and talking it out, until my head is full of ideas.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Try as many new things as you can. You can only grow by stepping out of your comfort zone.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Moving abroad twice, and living by myself, I have become more courageous, stronger and more independent.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I loved the variety, and being able to use different medias.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Teams meetings and zoom calls.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With my friends and my family.

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Lea Steenbock