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Ballet dancers from the Paris Opera perform from bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens…

April 30, 2020, 11:56 | Updated: April 30, 2020, 12:01

Quarantined dancers film a brilliant Romeo and Juliet ballet sequence from home.

Photo: Paris Opera


From balconies and bubble baths to libraries and living rooms, anywhere is a stage for this brilliant lockdown performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Lone dancers recorded a brilliant ballet sequence to Prokofiev’s “The Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet to pay tribute to key coronavirus workers in France.

In the video (see below), we see members of the prestigious Paris Opera ballet filming themselves individually for the virtual gesture – and reconstituted, the result is magnificent.

Kitchens and gardens are transformed into main stages, pairs of dancers showcase their finest bends, tiny toddlers in tutus try their hand at pirouettes and we’re even treated to close-ups of this amazing footwork.

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The video, edited by French director Cédric Klapisch, features 61 dancers in total and is dedicated to all frontline workers in France, including health workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

In a message at the end of the clip, the dancers thank “the doctors and all the nursing staff, the farmers, the teachers, the researchers and laboratory technicians, the traders, the supermarket staff, the garbage collectors, the truck drivers, the delivery men, the postmen, firefighters, soldiers, police officers, journalists, switchboard operators, network technicians, teleworkers, social workers, volunteers and all those who have mobilized for all of us.

As the number of coronavirus cases in France reaches 166,420, the striking display of the Paris Opera is a powerful reminder that dance and music will always bring us joy in these testing times.