A still from "Rue Montorgueil" (via NOWNESS)

Watch Ailey Celebrate the Beauty of Diversity in the Streets of Paris

We may not all speak the same language, but we can all "speak" dance—an idea that's celebrated in a totally joyful new short film, "Rue Montorgueil." Featuring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members grooving alongside people of all different backgrounds and nationalities in one of Paris' most famous streets, the vid is a beautiful illustration of dance's universal appeal.


"Rue Montorgueil" was choreographed by French artist Redha Medjellekh—and it's only the beginning of Medjellekh's collab with Ailey. Over the next year, he'll make a series of videos starring Ailey dancers, with the goal of reaching as broad and diverse an audience as possible.

"I wanted to illustrate that no matter your gender, nationality or age, we can communicate and share a common thread through dance," Medjellekh said in a press release.

Check out an excerpt from the film below, and then click over to NOWNESS, which premiered the video, to watch the whole thing.

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