Geyza is the main character of the film and the star of the ballet school. She was one of its first students and now is also one of the instructors. We follow her life in a hostile city that wasn’t built for the blind. When our cameras first capture Geyza, she is newly engaged and terrified about what the future may hold. We watch her navigate the great challenge of balancing an artistic and professional life with learning to be an independent housewife and mother.
Thalia is one of Geyza’s students. She is a shy and sometimes insecure teenager. We visit Thalia’s middle school—designed for sighted children where we see first hand how the ignorance of other kids feeds into a cruel behavior towards those who are different. Thalia is in the processing of finding her own identity. At home, she likes to chat with friends over the internet, mostly other blind kids, but she spends much of her free time writing novels. And finally, we follow her through the doors of the ballet school, where she transforms into a beautiful, carefree and promising ballerina.
Fernanda, who is not blind herself, started teaching ballet for the blind when she was fifteen years old and has since developed her own physiotherapy and teaching techniques. The film explores the challenges and successes Fernanda faces within the school, and her methods working with the girls. Fernanda invites us to the world of the school, sharing her stories and the battles she school needs to fight constantly.
Cesar is the program director of the school. He is a graduate of a well-known ballet conservatory in Sao Paulo. Cesar stopped dancing after a knee injury and has been teaching at the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the blind for the past six years. He is trained in classical ballet and that is what he’s been teaching. But teaching visually impaired girls, he’s been inspired to develop a contemporary choreography. A choreography that purports to push the dancers to new limits while expressing their unique perspective. Cesar devotes much of his time to the school, filling in wherever needed, from teaching dance to sewing the girls’ costumes.