While holding our breaths underwater for a minute or two is already too difficult of a task, this amazing artist proves she can do more than merely holding her breath underwater for a longer period of time.
French filmmaker, deep-sea diver, and dancer Julie Gautier surpassed the impossible by performing an underwater choreography over the course of 6 uninterrupted minutes in the world’s deepest pool.
Known as ‘Y-40 Deep Joy’ pool, the world’s deepest swimming pool reaches a depth of 130 ft, equivalent to the height of a 14-story building. The short film performed and directed by Julie Gautier was filmed in this location at Padua, Italy.
The film ‘Ama’ titled after the Japanese word for ‘woman of the sea’ starts off with Gautier standing in the heavy rain looking emotional as the camera moves in to focus on her face, then it cuts to the artist lying motionless on the floor and pans across her body.
When she slowly rises from the floor, it suddenly becomes apparent that Gautier isn’t just on the ground but actually inside a swimming pool.
Gautier holds her breath and moves gracefully aided by the movement of her silk-like hair and the fabric of her flowy dress. We can see how Gautier is performing an incredible routine unlike anything else.
Like a ballerina in slow motion, Gautier elegantly glides through the crystal-clear, calm water.
“I wanted to share my biggest pain in this life with this film. For this is not too crude, I covered it with grace. To make it not too heavy, I plunged it into the water.”
This Ophélie Longuet’s choreography paired with Ezio Bosso’s song “Rain in Your Black Eyes” is a representation of the relationship that connects women from all over the world.
She explains, “Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their way based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions.”
YouTube user Pedipossible commented on the video, “What is beauty? … An expression? A move or a dance? Harmony? Mystery? Unknown & unreachable? I think it’s simplicity that can touch every soul, and this is simply beautiful. Thank you.”
Gautier seems to be released from her ‘prison’ when she breathes out in the film and gracefully rises up to the surface, leaving behind a sparkling trail of effervescent air bubbles.
The short film premiered at the International Women’s Day on March 8th this year.