Directed by Avatâra Ayuso
Let Them Eat Cake! is a dance film on girl empowerment, where three teenagers rebel against how society dictates how they see themselves. In Let Them Eat Cake! the three characters transform from being “perfect girls” to agents of change, by embracing who they really are. It is directed by the choreographer and dance filmmaker Avatâra Ayuso.
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Director Biography – Avatâra Ayuso
AVATÂRA AYUSO is a choreographer and filmmaker, Artistic Director of AVA DANCE COMPANY. She trained in ballet, Argentinean Tango, contemporary dance and Linguistics. She was nominated for the 2015 and 2019 UK National Dance Awards for Outstanding Female Modern Performance. She is a long standing-creative team member of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. She is also a Resident Artist at the Teatro del Lago in Chile.
Avatâra founded ɅVɅ DANCE COMPANY in 2008. Her practice aims to overcome eurocentrism by promoting cultural exchanges. In her most recent projects, she collaborated with artists from Burkina Faso, Japan, Senegal, Taiwan, Morocco and Nunavut (Canadian Arctic).
Alongside choreographing and running ɅVɅ DANCE COMPANY, Avatâra also works as a filmmaker: Dance Pumkin Dance, Tokyo Tokyo, I Am Raja and the award wining The Protocol . In her cinematographic style is clearly influenced by her choreographic background. Her personal understanding of movement, stillness and rhythm is present in every frame.
Her passion for dance filmmaking started as soon as she developed her first choreographies. She became fascinated by the editing process which in her mind echoes her own choreographic process. Both ask the same questions: what remains? What is left behind? How do you direct the eye of the audience to where you want?
Finally, fully committed to empowering women and girls in and out of the dance sector, she founded the charity AWA DANCE (Advancing Women’s Aspirations with Dance), dedicated to the leadership development of women and girls.