ARTS & CULTURE
11/05/2013 08:27 am ET

A Corpse Is The Unexpected Star Of This Haunting Ballet (NSFW)

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Warning: This content may be graphic to some audiences.

No matter what kind of dance you're into, most genres have at least one thing in common: dancers who are alive. At least that's what we thought before stumbling upon this haunting ballet, entitled "Danse Macabre," which shows the surprisingly graceful aftermath of a body's demise.

This NSFW short opens with a woman who has just committed suicide, and explores the subtle ways her body falls and shifts throughout the following course of events, all before rigor mortis kicks in. Think of it as Andres Serrano's morgue photos meets the New York City Ballet, with a little nudity.

The beautiful dance was conceived by Robert Lepage and directed by Pedro Pires. We found it on io9.

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