Guillaume Côté dancing in the zone

Thanks to the Canadian website, CBCnews for posting this video of Guillaume Côté, a principal with the National Ballet of Canada.

CBC reports that he put his own money and lots of fund-raising effort into creating the two-minute video.

Côté said he has long wanted to portray a dancer in ‘the zone’ – the mental space he or she must find before a performance to let the art shine through.

“I wanted to get the tights off and I wanted to get the costumes off, and just show the sheer physicality of classical dance,” he said in an interview with CBC’s Metro Morning.

Those prolonged jumps, captured with a high-definition, high-speed Phantom camera, are what Côté feels like as he dances, he says.

Directed by Ben Shirinian and created for Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), the video was also conceived as a way of showing the athleticism involved in dance and an attempt to make ballet accessible to those who may believe they don’t like it.

Côté’s video has scored more than 350,000 hits.

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Guillaume Côté and artists of the National Ballet of Canada in Opus 19/The Dreamer.

Guillaume Côté and artists of the National Ballet of Canada in Opus 19/The Dreamer. Photo © David Cooper.