Free Owsley Sunday Film: Danseur

Directed by Scott K. Gormley

Sunday, April 14, 12:30 pm


Enter any dance studio in the United States and the classes will be brimming with girls dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center, but you will be hard pressed to find boys among them. Danseur explores the gender disparity in ballet and addresses the bias in which young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields—especially by their parents—while young men are dissuaded from participating. The film questions why it is more socially acceptable for parents (fathers in particular) to encourage their sons to participate in all other physical pursuits (such as competitive sports and fitness) but not ballet—one of the most rigorous and physically challenging activities.

A recent survey revealed that nearly 96% of male ballet dancers stated that they faced physical or verbal attacks because of dance.  This documentary shares the struggles of young male ballet dancers, and sheds light on bullying and homophobia while illustrating the vitality of ballet through performance, creation, preservation, and education.  2018, U.S., DCP, 70 minutes.  Recommended for 13+.

Co-presented with the Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Film Society. A panel discussion with Robert Curran, Artistic and Executive Director, Louisville Ballet; Mark Krieger, Company Dancer, Louisville Ballet; and Ben Workman, 12 year-old ballet student, will follow the screening.