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Watch: Ballet shot in super slow-motion

Filming Royal Ballet dancers at 1,500 frames-per-second offers a unique glimpse of the tiny nuances of technique.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 September 2014 at 1.56pm | 1 Comment

Royal Ballet dancers Roberta MarquezMelissa Hamilton and Federico Bonelli, and contemporary dancer Aakash Odedra have been filmed with super slow-motion cameras in advance of their Sampling the Myth performances at Deloitte Ignite.

Shot at 1,500 frames-per-second, the film shows the nuances of balletic technique in great detail.

'Filming the dancers in ultra slow motion really highlights the combination of athleticism and grace they have to master,' says director Tom Turner. 'Filming with Aakash was especially interesting as his style is so different from classical ballet. Seeing him slowed down though, you see the similarities between contemporary and classical dance, both of which are based on phenomenally precise movement.'

This piece will be followed up with further films featuring each of the dancers in isolation. To ensure you don't miss them, subscribe to the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.


By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

5 September 2014 at 1.56pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Aakash Odedra, Deloitte Ignite, Federico Bonelli, Film, Melissa Hamilton, Roberta Marquez, slow motion, slowmo

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  1. Juliet Chaplin responded on 18 September 2014 at 3:18pm Reply

    This is fascinating! They are all so beautiful to watch.

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