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Watch dancer Guillaume Cote kick it up in his film [Video]

February 7, 2012 |  2:58 pm

Guillaume CoteIf you’ve never watched the National Ballet of Canada, or the most recent "Kings of the Dance" tour, you may not yet be familiar with Guillaume Côté, a four-star principal with the stellar Canadian company since 2004.

But he’s recently sent out a fast-spreading international calling card in the form of an impeccable two-minute film called “Lost in Motion” that is the greatest evocation of a dancer’s springy ballon yet on record.

Directed by Ben Shirinian, who shot Côté  in high-definition, with a 1,000-frames-per-second Phantom camera, the piece is meant to suggest Côté’s experience of "getting lost" in the dancing and feeling varying tempos in his body.

“In the best of moments, when you’re truly lost in motion, you’re thinking of nothing ... but letting your soul shine through,” he told "Metro Morning," a Canadian morning show. 

Côté’s bearing and articulation are unforgettable here, and his choreography is quite entrancing too. And -- if that's not enough -- he’s also an accomplished composer, whose score was featured on the last "Kings of the Dance" tour, seen at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in October. 

Here's video of a rehearsal for the "Kings of the Dance" tour featuring Côté's music:


Dance review: 'Kings of the Dance' returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Photos: "Kings of the Dance"

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-- Jean Lenihan

Photo: Guillaume Côté, National Ballet of Canada principal dancer. Credit: Aleksandar Antonijevic