The Van Cleef & Arpels connection to da:ns festival

Moving magic

Text: Adibah Isa

The luxury jeweller's special relationship with dance comes to life in Benjamin Millepied's works, showing at the Esplanade

Dance and jewellery share more things in common than you think. It's something that's been part of luxury jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels' DNA since the early '40s. Know their ballerina clips? Well, they were created at the suggestion of a ballet and opera lover, Louis Arpels, who saw to the clips' fluid shapes and arrangement of precious stones. Like what we've seen in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Natalie Portman's character, Nina, was obsessed with perfection — a pursuit that's shared with the jewellers too. This pursuit of perfection and dedication to finesse are the ties that bind a jewellery maker and the ballerina, and what better way for the two worlds to combine than in a dance performance.

And not just with any choreographer — but the same one who choreographed Black Swan. Yes, we're talking about Benjamin Millepied (who also happens to be Portman's husband — the duo met on set), former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and principal dancer of New York City Ballet. The French choreographer and dancer will debut the work, Heart & Arrows, in Singapore years after its commission in 2014. Emphasising Van Cleef & Arpels' attachment to dance and creativity, the troupe of eight will dance along to music by Philip Glass. Check out a preview above and the rest of the dance festival's line-up.

Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project will take place on 24 and 25 October, 8pm at Esplanade Theatre.