In a remarkable charity effort, Natalie Dessay and dancers from the Paris Opera organized a “flashmob” Sunday morning under the glass pyramid of the Louvre in Paris. Held among surprised tourists and families on their way to the museum, the starting signal was given at 11am with a cry by Dessay, which was reported by a journalist to be “more than three minutes” long.

Ballet stars Marie-Agnès Gillot, Aurélie Dupont, Jérémie Bélingard et Mathias Heymann danced to music of J. Strauss’ “Blue Danube.” Forty other dancers were among the 200 others secretly assembled who moved to the music of Queen and Daft Punk. “This flashmob was very intense and moving. For me, it was stronger than a solo at the Opera because the effect of the group is very impressive,” Marie-Agnès Gillot told a reporter from Agence France Presse.

The effort was made to call attention to the charity “La Chaine de l’Espoir” (The Chain of Hope) which arranges complex surgeries in third world countries by volunteer doctors.


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