This film has really meant a lot to me, both on a personal level and in my development as a filmmaker. Dance for Me is my debut feature-length documentary film, and for this reason it is also a film that is very close to my heart.
As a production designer and film director, I found making this movie a perfect way to combine my various skills and fascinations. The story of the film is very inspiring and an important one to tell. On the one hand, it is a film about two young elite dancers who put everything at stake and are very focused on their careers. On the other hand, it is a coming-of-age story about Egor, who left everything for a new life in a foreign family and culture. Ultimately, it’s a movie about how hard it is to be integrated, and about longing and loneliness—despite a fully booked calendar.
As a former dancer, I know that dance can be a relief and can even help put things right when you feel out of balance. I know how it feels to train your body to be perfect — both in appearance and in movement. And I know how hard it can be not to achieve your dream — even though you have done everything in your power to get there. All these elements are part of Egor and Mie’s daily life, and I understand completely what they are facing. They have chosen to dance at the elite level—with all the sacrifices that entails.
— Katrine Philp, Director