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Pirouette like Jagger: UK's Royal Ballet dances through streets of London to Rolling Stones soundtrack

The video was made to spotlight ‘unrelenting pressures of Covid-19’ on the arts

Dancers from Britain’s Royal Ballet have made a short film in which they perform in London’s deserted streets to the sounds of The Rolling Stones, a project designed to highlight the plight of the arts during the coronavirus pandemic.

First soloists William Bracewell and Reece Clarke, among others, donned trainers to dance on sunlit pavements and cobblestone roads outside the sealed entrances of some of London’s biggest theatres.

These included Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.

The film’s producers said in a statement they wanted to shine a spotlight on a sector threatened by “the unrelenting pressures of Covid-19”.

The video was directed by Joanna DeFelice, Meaghan Grace Hinkis and Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina and partner of The Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger.

It was choreographed to The Rolling Stones’ Living in a Ghost Town, a single released in April.

The project aims to raise funds for Acting for Others, a network of 14 charities providing financial and emotional support to people who work in the theatre.

Updated: June 9, 2020 02:57 PM

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