The video also questions the typical male and female archetypes seen in classical ballet, in which roles and even dancing steps are strictly gendered. “You had to fit in those boxes if you wanted to succeed,” Smith added. The two protagonists of “Birds of Paradise” are aiming for greatness within these boundaries, but they are still figuring out who they are, who they hope to be, and who they want to be with. Finally, the protagonists must determine whether or not to break out from this template, as their professional objectives clash with their quest for self-discovery. IMDB
Diana is feisty, passionate, and competitive… Kristine, on the other hand, is a deep well, a really old soul.” After working with the ladies separately, Smith expressed his delight at seeing their chemistry come to life on screen. “Suddenly, they’re clashing, which was a lot of fun. It seemed as if I were in the middle of a chemistry experiment.” This sentiment is echoed in the choreography for the primary characters. Rowlson-Hall talked about how she used dancing to show key aspects of the characters’ backstories. Kate’s movements were robust and athletic, whereas Marine’s were light, precise, and classically feminine.