I WISH presents the archetypal conflict between passion and self-preservation that arises during true intimacy, using movement to express the difficulty of maintaining a sense of self in the context of love which requires self-effacement. Ultimately, we are stretched too far and we have to choose: to love without living for ourselves, or to live for ourselves without love.

I WISH was choreographed and danced by Adriana Pierce and Eric Trope, corps dancers for the Miami City Ballet at the time of filming. The piece was inspired by a single from local band MY DEER. Though the world of professional dance may be isolating at times, passion projects such as this allow for cross-medium collaboration and creative production that supersedes genre.

Director Alejandro Gonzalvez is a long-time Miamian. Gonzalvez saw the film as an opportunity to capture chemistry and movement around the beautiful, aching city that the trio call home. He works best with shadow and light, contrasting vibrant colors of mid-afternoon in the Art Deco district with the more refined hues of the studio. Though his protagonists remain unsure, spinning in and out of focus, Gonzalvez makes it clear that one character is incapable of losing its identity: the city itself.

  • Alejandro Gonzalvez
  • Alejandro Gonzalvez
  • Adriana Pierce
    Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet
  • Eric Trope
    Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Adriana Pierce
  • Eric Trope
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Alejandro Gonzalvez

Alejandro Gonzalvez is a filmmaker, videographer and photographer, currently collaborating within Miami's artistic scene. He was born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, and he graduated with distinction obtaining his Bachelor's in Advertising from Florida International University. Gonzalvez has also worked overseas in Europe in the communications field.
His partnerships and collaborations include freelance filmmaking for Miami City Ballet dancers and Gummdrops, LLC., a music agency, representing various local artists in South Florida.
Gonzalvez has been deeply embedded in the local artistic scene since 2010, when he became a partner of Mute Miami, LLC., a production company responsible for curating shows for St. Vincent, Of Montreal, Tilly and The Wall and Oberhofer; he continues to work behind the scenes to make Miami a more art-friendly city.
Gonzalvez's latest works include Intents & Purposes, a dance film collaboration with Miami City Ballet dancers Adriana Pierce, Renan Cerdeiro and Zoe Zien, and he is currently working on Portrait d'une Femme, with choreography by Pierce and performance by MCB dancers Ashley Knox and Jennifer Lauren.

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