Auditions are terrifying. As a performer, everything can hinge on a few moments on a stage in front of strangers that’ll be quick to judge your every move. It can be a paralyzing moment for many. It can lead you to think back to where it all began and how far you’ve come.
Ben Briand’s short film opens with that very moment, putting us in the headspace of a ballerina about to be called out to dance. We see a man pointing directly at us and we look down, examining our sweaty palms. And at that moment, we’re shown everything that’s brought this ballerina to this exact moment. Very quickly, though, we learn this is no ordinary story. This is the journey of Ingrid Silva.