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BALLERINA

 
A Documentary Film from
Shirley Road Productions

 

Screenings

African Diaspora International Film Festival – November 2016, New York City

San Francisco Dance Film Festival – October 23, 2016

American Dance Festival – “Movies By Movers,” – July 2016, Durham, NC

Let’s Dance: International Frontiers Festival – May 2016, Leicester, UK

XXXI 2016 Black International Cinema – May 2016, Berlin, Germany. First Place Award, Film and Video Documentary

Storyville Screening Series – November 2015
“Work-in-Progress,” Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CORPS de Ballet International Conference – June 2015
“Work-in-progress” screening, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Dance on Camera Film Festival – February 2015
“Work-in-progress” screening
Film at Lincoln Center, New York, New York

Entrepreneur Works Presents Debbie Allen – July 2014
Premiere of trailer, International House Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Articles

Chestnut Hill Local – December 2015

“Patterson, an award winning independent writer, producer and director, said the documentary examines 60 years of ballet. In the film, which is still in progress, pioneers Joan Myers Brown, artistic and founding director of Phildanco, Delores Browne, who performed with the New York Negro Ballet Company in the 1950s, and Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, talk about the racism they confronted in pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance in the 1950s.”

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The Washington Post – July 2015

The Art Fuse – June 2015 Boston on-line arts magazine

“Raven Wilkinson, who danced with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s, had an especially precarious time when the company toured the South; as a light-skinned African-American, she often “passed” and could perform. But when she was “discovered” she’d have to move to another motel and sometimes that meant that she didn’t dance (Wilkinson would not lie about her race, but the company didn’t announce it). Eventually, as she recounts in the upcoming documentary Black Ballerina, it was suggested that it was time for her to leave the company altogether. ‘Someone came to me and said “you’ve gone as far as you can in the company…” ‘ Wilkinson remembers, ‘ “after all, we can’t have a black White Swan.” ‘ “

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Dance Magazine – September 2014