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« I always dreamed of working behind the scenes with the dancers of the opéra de paris, of getting close up to that which makes up the essence of their art. »


In Situ Confidences

Using a telemetry camera with a 23 mm fixed-focal lens, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac slipped into the intimate world of the Opéra dancers to take close-up photographs of the ballerinas in action.

Using a specially transformed lens, Pierre-Elie de Pibrac captured the energy and aura emitted by the dancers during their performances. A totally new visual and subjective rendering of on-stage emotions.


In Situ Catharsis


In Situ Analogia

Last but not least, Analogia illustrates in 14 works the sustained echo within the walls of the majestic Palais Garnier and displays the dancers of the ballet company. Photographed with a rigged view camera, this series highlights the immenseness of this particular theatre and the influence it has on the dancers who move about within it.



With his videos filmed from close to the ground, Pierre-Elie seeks to amplify the power expressed in the dancers’ feet. You can also hear the sound of the dancers’ steps and their breathing.

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In Situ

Behind the scenes of the Opéra de Paris

From September 2013 to July 2014, photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac spent a whole season with the dancers of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris.

With photos taken really close up to the dancers, he manages to capture their fascinating energy in resonance with the monument built by Charles Garnier, thereby paying an exceptional homage to the world of ballet in 250 photographs.

With the preface by Brigitte Lefèvre, dance director for this project, and the conclusion by Benjamin Millepied, her successor, this beautiful book is aimed at all those who love ballet dancing and photography, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and the Palais Garnier, It is enriched with many testimonies of étoile dancers such as Aurélie Dupont, Eleonora Abbagnato and Nicolas Le Riche. An extraordinary look into a fascinating world.