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Artist Performs Stunning Underwater Choreography in the World’s Deepest Pool

Underwater Dance by Julie Gautier

Performed and directed by French deep-sea diver, dancer, and filmmaker Julie Gautier, AMA is a video performance project that follows the artist’s graceful underwater movements. Filmed in the world’s deepest pool in Venice, Italy, the captivating underwater dance is titled after the Japanese word for “woman of the sea.” The short film premiered in more than 40 public screenings around the world on International Women’s Day (March 8th 2018), and is dedicated “to all the women of the world.” The artist explains, “For me, this film is a way to say: you are not alone.”

AMA begins with Gautier standing in heavy rain, as the camera moves in to focus on her face. Then it cuts to the artist lying motionless, and pans across her body. When she slowly rises from the floor, it suddenly becomes apparent that Gautier isn’t just on the ground—she’s actually inside the aforementioned swimming pool.

Over the course of about 6 minutes, we can see Gautier holding her breath and performing an incredible routine unlike anything else. She elegantly glides through the crystal-clear, calm water like a ballerina in slow motion. With each controlled movement, her silk-like hair and the fabric of her dress flow and “dance” with her. The film ends as Gautier gracefully rises up to the surface, beneath a sparkling release of effervescent air bubbles.

You can see more short films by Gautier on her website—including the Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin music video she co-directed (Runnin’) which features her free-diving world champion husband, Guillaume Nery. And, check out her collaborative underwater film company with her husband, Les Films Engloutis.

Performed and directed by French deep-sea diver, dancer, and filmmaker Julie Gautier, AMA follows the artist’s graceful underwater movements.

Underwater Dance by Julie Gautier

Filmed in the world’s deepest pool in Venice, Italy, the captivating underwater dance is dedicated “to all the women of the world.”

Underwater Dance by Julie Gautier

Gautier glides through the crystal-clear, calm water like a ballerina in slow motion, holding her breath the entire time.

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All images via Julie Gautier. 

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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