A film by Ase Svenheim Drivenes

Maiko’s destiny was decided before she was born. Her name Maiko means dancing child. Her mother, the driving force behind her career, sold their house and car to send 14 year old Maiko to the most prestigious dancing schools in Europe. She knew she couldn’t return to Japan as a failure. Today Maiko is 32 on top of her career as a prima ballerina at the Norwegian National Ballet. Maiko is not a young dancer anymore and talented newcomers are longing for her position. Competition is getting tougher when Maiko decides to start a family… We follow Maiko at a breaking point in her life, where she is forced to make decisions that might jeopardice everything she has worked for.



Ase Svenheim Drivenes, is a Norwegian born filmmaker who made her directorial debut with the documentary, ‘Our Man in Kirkenes’ (2010) screened at NRK and YLE and then “I am Kuba” pitched at IDFA Forum in 2013. “Maiko’s Dance” is her first feature length documentary.


Original language: English, Norwegian and Japanese
Produced by: Sant & Usant


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