Trailer for Ballerina.
Inspired by world-famous Swedish ballerina Elsa Marianne von Rosen s autobiography, filmmaker Maja Friis uses beautifully choreographed contemporary dance scenes to reveal the dancer s impossible balancing act between consuming human love and an all-encompassing artistic passion. Connecting unique archival material and new recordings of the now 89-year-old legend, the film portrays dance as a lover, a partner, a support and a shadow. Ballerina is an essential artist s portrait that speaks to and for itself, using movement as an expression of narrative. Von Rosen s career becomes the choreography, her love life a body of work, and the body itself its storyteller. Brilliantly assured, this poetic film gives insight into von Rosen s deeply passionate relationship with dancing as a way of life and a way of being. It s a real life pas de deux that both breaks the heart and makes it beat faster.