In addition to his personal artistic projects, the photographer and film director Jacob Sutton works for illustrious magazines and fashion brands worldwide. After receiving the offer to cooperate with the Paris Opera, which he perceives as an institution steeped in tradition, but also a well of creative talent and an extraordinary setting for films, the son of a ballet dancer was “over the moon”.
While watching two young dancers, Hannah O’Neill and Germain Louvet, rehearse for a new ballet by Benjamin Millepied, an idea occurred to him : he wanted to explore the choreography and the music, a score by Jon Hopkins which he loves, in different contexts. In “Ascension”, the dancers soar up from the darkness beneath the stage at Bastille to the sumptuous Grand Foyer and eventually to the rooftop of the Palais Garnier, where they experience moments filled with heavenly, dreamlike luminosity. Jacob Sutton declares : “I think it is the most romantic project I have ever worked on.”