In a video crafted by Benjamin Millepied (a.k.a. Natalie Portman's husband) for Nowness, ballet dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet dance magically on a rooftop in Paris, with stunning views of the "City of Lights" as their backdrop.
The pair – Leonore Baulac and Alistair Madin, not only dance on the roof at sunset, but they also hit the stage and performed a number at the Palais Garnier, the ballet company's home since 1875. As Leonore hits a series of pirouettes inside, we see the jaw-dropping architecture around them. Outside, the wind blows through her wavy hair with the Eiffel Tower visible in the background.
"One can not come and shoot at Palais Garnier without marveling at the architecture, the atmosphere of this glorious theater from 1875," Benjamin said about the Louis de Caunes-directed short film. "I think Louis de Caunes was inspired by all he had in front of him. The dancing, the spaces, the light."
Now that Benjamin has stepped into his new position as director of dance for the company, it looks like he has plans to make some creative changes. "My first season will be announced in a month, and the first program will take place in September," he continued. "I will bring in visual artists, filmmakers, cartoonists and fashion designers to create the visual language of our new productions. I am interested in making sure we are not only dancing the best ballets that exist but also pushing ballet forward with the creation of new works which make use of the classical vocabulary and feel relevant to our time."
If this video is any indication of what's to come, we can't wait to see what's next.