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Nicole Romine’s Mistress of Tears Closes 2020 With Film Festival Award for Best Director • DanceLand

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Mistress of Tears Trailer

In late 2020, Nicole Romine’s short dance film Mistress of Tears received its world premiere at the 18th International Festival Signes de Nuit in Paris. This premiere led to numerous international film festival invitations and was awarded Best Director Award by the Eastern Europe Film Festival.


The Mistress of Tears represents that aspect of humanity that is blind to the endless need for more, which is ultimately self-destructive. Dramatically performed by 6-foot, award-winning former Ballet West dancer Anisa Sinteral-Scott, the Mistress longs to feel something other than the vast emptiness that lives within her. She drinks the tears of others — stolen and kept in beautiful hand-blown glass ‘tear’ bottles — because she cannot shed her own. She craves light, desperately needing respite from her dark world. Moonlight sates her momentarily, but the hunger returns.

Created by Emmy nominated director/choreographer and master teacher Nicole Romine, Mistress of Tears is part of a bigger vision…Moon.

For the past four years Ms. Romine has been bringing together artists from all over the world to participate in the creation of Moon – a full length theatrical production waiting to come to life. Moon is a celebration of the arts and our shared humanity. It is about a young girl who goes on a quest to find the Moon which has been stolen by the Mistress of Tears. Elements of steampunk, fantasy, and mysticism all meet in this exploration of beauty and the wonder of being.

The story of transformation is told through dance, music, prose, and visual art, brought together in a fresh and vibrant way. Extraordinary illustrations bring to life the many characters and the set designs that illuminate the world of Moon. The original score is being created by two composers; Lilia Yurchuk in Kiev and Dave Klotz from Toronto. The latest piece is called the Canticle of the Stars composed by Ms. Yurchuck for four voices and took over six months to create using live voices and long distance technology.

Mistress of Tears is the first in a series of short films that will be created to introduce and explore some of the characters of Moon. Eventually these will be combined into a promotional film for the full production to be submitted to producers. Currently, the goal is to complete the musical score.

The dream of Moon is to create a work which illuminates the power of the arts to inspire a greater vision of ourselves and our world.

For more information about Moon please visit

Text and Graphics provided by Nicole Romine, edited by Clyde Smith

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