Binoche learns to dance

Actress Juliette Binoche is taking time out of Hollywood to learn to dance.

Actress Juliette Binoche is taking time out of Hollywood to learn to dance.

The intrepid star has agreed to perform a contemporary dance work by choreographer Akram Khan at London's National Theatre next year - even though she has never had lessons in her life.

Kahn has defended his unlikely casting, insisting Binoche is bound to be a natural.

He says: "She has been training a lot in the past year and I have no doubts of what she can achieve. From seeing her in some films such as Damage and Three Colours Blue I knew she had an ability not to be afraid of taking on demanding roles, and that she has a very lithe body which is very much in tune with movement and music.

"Her body has great expression."

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