06/01/2012 03:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

'Pas De Deux': New York City Ballet Dancers Perform With Cameras Strapped To Them (VIDEO)

Director Galen Summer knows how to violate personal space. Watching his documentary "Pas De Deux," part of a behind-the-scenes series for the New York City Ballet, you might wonder if you've suddenly acquired pro dance skills, you're that close to the doc's twirling, leaping subjects.

In an interview with the Atlantic Video channel, Summer describes the challenge of carrying out his vision without endangering the safety of principal dancers Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette. After a few failed starts, Summer and his team figured out how to attach cameras to vests the dancers wore while performing the wedding pas de deux from Tschaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty." Check out the amazingly intimate results below, and head over to The Atlantic for a breakdown of how it happened, as well as continuing coverage of the NYC Ballet series.

You can watch Summer's other NYC Ballet documentary, 'Pointe Shoes,' here. Head to for more of his work.

WATCH "Pas De Deux" below:

[via The Atlantic]

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified director Galen Summer's gender.