The brilliant, critically acclaimed Moonlight is a piece of virtuosic filmmaking (hence its eight Oscar nominations)—and now it's inspired a work of dance virtuosity.

Moonlight x Ailey, a collaboration between Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle and composer Nicholas Britell, who created the score for the feature film, is two minutes of pure, powerful dance drama. It distills the movie's plot into a trio for Ailey's Jamar Roberts and Ailey School students Christopher Taylor and Jeremy T. Villas, who perform Battle's fluid choreography while bathed in blue light.

It's raw and beautiful and absolutely compelling. Watch:

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