THE ACTOR NIELS SCHNEIDER WON THIS YEAR THE CESAR AWARD FROM HIS ROLE ON THE MOVIE BLACK DIAMOND. THE 30 YEARS OLD ACTOR IS IN THIS FASHION STORY BY MATTHEW BROOKES, SHOT TOGETHER WITH THE PRIMA BALLERINA MARIE-AGNES GILLOT.
words by NIELS SCHNEIDER + photographed by MATTHEW BROOKES + fashion by CHRISTIAN STROBLE
“ It is necessary to have the courage to rebel. to dare to leave the herd. to not resign ourselves to the world such as it is today. it is an obligation for all those who still dream. for those which are not irremediably cynical, and who hope for a better world, a different life that the one which one is imposed to him. The rebellion is the beginning of the responsibility. We must repeat ourselves, that perhaps we can change the direction of the history of the world thanks to our will. that it is possible, that the world is not immutable, and that other humans, with the same constitution that ours, changed their world. in the dark times that we cross, only the rebels can save us. And it is urgent to not surrender, to be active, to make our intimate or collective revolution, if we do not want, in front of the interrogative glance of our children, to look down with shame.”
MARIE-AGNES IS A FIGHTER. A REBEL WHO IS ALWAYS READY TO DANCE WITH PASSION. DURING HER CHILDHOOD DESPITE HAVING DOUBLE SCOLIOSIS SHE KEPT DANCING TILL NOW. BORN IN 1975 AND HAVE SINCE BEEN WORKING AT PARIS OPERA BALLET FROM 1990 ONWARDS.
words by MARIE-AGNES + photographed by MATTHEW BROOKES + fashion by CHRISTIAN STROBLE
“ When you’re a principal dancer, being a rebel is using the discipline to transcend it and amplify yourself. Every choreographer I worked with has taught me rigor and precision. Every role I play is partly myself and I’m permanently in a state of resistance, sometimes provocation. I want to see people react, to what I say, to what I write, and of course when I perform. Indifference is the worst treatment an artist can get. When I’m in the light, it’s to claim my choices, my causes, my art. Rebellion is a revendication. It’s call to reflexion and the rejection of everyone’s comfort, whether it’s the artist’s or the audience’s”