I met a robot at a ballet once

I met a robot at a ballet once

“I met a robot at a ballet once” is an awarded animated short that is written, narrated and animated by Isabela Dos Santos.

A hand-drawn animated storybook poem about a girl who meets a robot at a ballet and has an existential crisis.


Isabela Dos Santos is a Brazil-born artist who has been living in South Florida since 2000. She began animating in 2009, while still a high school student and graduated with a major in Experimental Animation (BFA) at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2014. She describes herself most easily as an animator but often likes to combine animation with dance, make handicrafts or write and animate existential children’s book tales. Her work has been recognized by the Student Academy Awards and Vimeo Staff Picks and she has collaborated with several artists such as choreographer Camille A. Brown and classical musician Conrad Tao. She is also an alumna of the Intern Program at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and an alumna of the National YoungArts Foundation, where she is currently full-time staff in External Relations as the Social Media and Video Officer. Her work has been shown in several places and events, ranging from animation festivals around the world to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

All images © Isabela Dos Santos / I met a robot at a ballet once.


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