How to film dance? Filmmaker Arnaud des Pallières attempts it at the invitation of the Paris Opera’s 3e Scène. Basing his film on the book by Paul Valéry, Degas Danse Dessin, he directs a dialogue between the arts, the ages and the sexes. He brings together the great actor Michael Lonsdale, comic book artist Bastien Vivès, choreographer Daniel Larrieu and five young dancers to recreate a dance lesson such as in Degas’ paintings. On the strength of multiple points of view, the film paints a kaleidoscopic picture of the artist, reflecting the complexity of the man and his time. In this interview, Arnaud des Pallières adresses the cinematographic issues at work in his narrative and staging as well as discusses his relationship to Degas, his modernity and his “delusion”.