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The Style Report meets five Paris-based tastemakers – from the worlds of music, dance and art – to talk inspirations, achievements, and the creative process.
Photographs by Fiona Torre.
Interviews by Marie-Cybèle Muysers.
Fashion by Chris Benns.
Simon Buret, musician, pop rock duo AaRON
‘The fact that we’re a duo gives us a guiding energy straight away. We get excited by the same ideas. We travel together a lot and there are moments that touch us both, without even having to speak about them.’
‘Our inspiration can come from a sound which then turns into a song, from something we’re going through in our lives, it can be an exhibition or another event in our lives and all of a sudden, it becomes a necessity to translate it into music and lyrics.’
Vincent Chaillet, principal dancer, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris
‘The hardest aspect of what I do is that moment of self-doubt before I go on stage. When I’m preparing for a part, I gather as much information; I read, I go to the cinema. Then I sort of mix it all up and make it my own.
‘I’ve been lucky enough to be able to work with a lot of choreographers including Pina Bausch with whom I toured, and to dance Orpheus and Eurydice at the antique theatre of Epidaurus in Greece in the open air, in front of 12,000 people. That’s probably my greatest moment on stage so far.’
Jean-Baptiste Talbourdet, Art Director, M magazine at Le Monde
‘My approach to projects always begins with an instinct. Whenever I meet a client or I work on the magazine, the main questions at hand are: what do we want to say and show? What are we trying to do?
‘The project of which I’m proudest, even if it’s not my project but a team effort, is that of Marie-Pierre Lannelongue and Éric Pillot with whom I work on M le Monde. Over the past five years, it’s really been the one that I’ve held closest to my heart.’
‘What draws me to contemporary art is being able to work with artists that contribute to defining our vision of the world and as a gallerist, being able to help them do that in my own modest way.
‘A lot of people think of art as static, an object that doesn’t evolve. With videos, it’s more ephemeral in a way. Contemporary art is less traditional; you experience works differently whether it’s a video or an installation.’