“Passage to Dawn: The Story of Daphnis & Chloé” A Film Directed & Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied for Maiyet….
Passage to Dawn
The Story of Daphnis & Chloé
Directed & Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied
Featuring an original score by London Grammar
Passage to Dawn is a series of choreographed video tableaux created in partnership with renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied. Maiyet commissioned the films, along with an exclusive track, “Where I Belong,” by London Grammar, as a complement to its Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
Millepied’s resulting creation, a modern “symphonie choreographique,” is based on Daphnis and Chloé, a Greek pastoral love story that is the only known work of the 2nd century AD Greek novelist and romancer Longus. The project was shot using a super slow motion video camera and filmed on location in Los Angeles with the participation of dancers from L.A. Dance Project. Costumes for the cast were specially created by Maiyet, based on pieces from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
The tale of Daphnis and Chloe deals with the simple and peaceful lives of shepherds in the country. A young boy named Daphnis and a girl named Chloe are abandoned by their parents and raised by shepherds on the Greek island of Lesbos. The two meet and gradually fall in love as they grow up. After various trials, including Daphnis’s capture by pirates, Daphnis and Chloe are reunited with their families and married to each other.
The popular story spread to Europe in the 1500s. It was the main source for The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare and inspired various musical compositions, including the 1910 ballet Daphnis et Chloé by the French composer Maurice Ravel.