UVM Department of Theatre and Dance Faculty member Paula Higa was awarded a Bronze Medal for her dance film, The One I Wanted to Be by the Independent Shorts Awards (ISA), an international film festival. Each year submitted short films are judged by a random team of invited experts from academia and the film industry, against a high standard of merit. Paula’s dance film examines the dichotomy between power and impotence, desire and aversion, conflict and congruity in a dominant patriarchal society. Inspired by the feminist poems of Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca, symbols and metaphors throughout the narrative evoke emotions of melancholy, sadness, and a reflection about gender hierarchy. The film hybrids artificial intelligence, visual arts, and dance. This project involved the collaboration of many professionals here in the US, Brazil and Spain. Congratulations Paula!


Wayne Tetrick