Benjamin Millepied
Dancer, choreographer
Benjamin Millepied
Benjamin Millepied is a French danseur, best known for his work as choreographer in the movie Black Swan (in which he also plays a small role).
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'Reset' Review: Lord of the Dance
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
A documentary follows Benjamin Millepied’s brief, reformist stint as the head of the Paris Opera Ballet
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Review: ‘Reset’ Follows Benjamin Millepied’s Efforts to Rejuvenate Paris Opera Ballet
NYTimes - about 2 months
The job didn’t work out in the end, but this riveting film documents a choreographer’s cheerfully tenacious effort as well as his work on one ballet.
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Film Clip: 'Reset'
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
Watch a film clip from "Reset," starring Benjamin Millepied. Photo: FilmRise
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Benjamin Millepied Speaks Out Against Racism At Paris Opera Ballet
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Benjamin Millepied, better known to some as Natalie Portman’s husband, unexpectedly resigned from his post as dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet earlier this year. After a little over a year in the coveted position, ballet insiders were roundly surprised by his decision. (He claimed “personal reasons” were behind the move at the time.) Thanks to the documentary “Reset,” or “Relevé” as it’s known in France, those skeptical of Millepied’s sudden departure have a bit more context to chew on. Ahead of the film’s release in New York and L.A. on Jan. 13, Page Six highlighted what seems to be a more pressing reason behind the French dancer and choreographer’s exit. In the documentary, Millepied talks at length about the racism he encountered at the historic Paris institution upon joining in 2014. “I heard someone say a black girl in a ballet is a distraction,” he recalls. “If there are 25 white girls, everyone will look at the black girl. Everyone must be alike in a company, mea ...
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Dancing and Driving with Art
Huffington Post - 2 months
Once again, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has organized an exhibition which showcases the marriage of cars and art. Its title, The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring, refers to five vehicles painted by the beloved pop artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) during the last years of his short life. Haring was only 31 years old when he died of AIDS-related complications in 1990. Yes, his life ended tragically, but his art was and still is full of life and happy energy, whether it's his chalk drawings on the walls of New York City subway stations or his graffiti-style paintings on cars. It was no surprise that a large crowd of car buffs and art aficionados came for the exhibition's opening last week. According to the museum's press release, these five vehicles, borrowed from various private collections and museums, had never been shown together before. In a short video on display, one can see the artist in the seemingly effortless process of painting these vehicles. He ...
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How Rufus Wainwright and Benjamin Millepied came to collaborate on L.A. Dance Project program
LATimes - 3 months
When Rufus Wainwright released his spare, piano-and-voice album "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu" in 2010, Benjamin Millepied's choreography muscles began tingling. "The songs are almost like lieders," said Millepied, co-founder of L.A. Dance Project. "They're more classical in a way. They're...
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French choreographer Millepied starts anew in LA
Yahoo News - 3 months
French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who spectacularly left the Paris Opera Ballet earlier this year, will mark his return to Los Angeles this week with a new show. The dance star -- husband of Hollywood actress Natalie Portman -- also revealed he is working on a feature film as he held rehearsals this week with his dance troupe from the L.A. Dance Project at a studio in downtown Los Angeles. The performances December 9 and 10 will consist of four dances, including the world premiere of "Homecoming," choreographed by the ex-star dancer of the New York City Ballet.
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Natalie Portman Is Getting Her First Christmas Tree
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Christie's Fall Preview and L.A. Dance Project Take Over UTA Artist Space
Yahoo News - 4 months
Choreographer Benjamin Millepied chats about his wife, Natalie Portman, his rocky tenure at Paris Opera Ballet and the future of L.A. Dance Project.
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Critic's Notebook: An Exquisite Ratmansky and More From American Ballet Theater
NYTimes - 4 months
The troupe opens its two-week season at Koch Theater and also includes works by Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton and Benjamin Millepied.
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CultureZohn: Forsythe, Millepied And Robbins Burnish American Dance
Huffington Post - 5 months
Bulletin! The city of Los Angeles, home to long aborning/failed dance initiatives has risen, phoenix-like -- or Firebird-like if you prefer -- from the ashes. William Forsythe and USC Kaufman dancers and staff Last week in the space of days, I was able to see choreographer William Forsythe present a riveting lecture-demonstration about his process with his wildly talented multi disciplinary sophomore class at the new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC and Benjamin Millepied instruct the ballet conservatory class at the Colburn School. What?!!! Forsythe and Millepied, recently of Paris Opera Ballet collaborations, have chosen to make their permanent dance homes in Los Angeles. (Millepied is back with his LA Dance Project). Two of the most talented, sought after choreographers and company directors in the world! I am pinching myself. Benjamin Millepied and Colburn School Dancers The Colburn School Dance program, headed by Jenifer Ringer Fayette and ...
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Slaying The Red Carpet Is How Natalie Portman Announces She’s Pregnant
Huffington Post - 6 months
Jonathan Safran Foer better check his inbox for an email from Natalie Portman, because some carefully worded congratulations are in order. The “Black Swan” actress is reportedly pregnant with her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied, according to Us Weekly.  Rumors of Portman’s pregnancy started swirling on the red carpet on Thursday, when the actress made an appearance at the 73rd Venice Film Festival to promote the sci-fi flick “Planetarium.” Dressed in a one-shoulder floor-length cream gown, the 35-year-old and her growing baby bump stole the show.  The couple, who met filming the psychological ballet thriller, welcomed their first child, Aleph Portman-Millepied, in June 2011. Portman famously accepted the award for “Black Swan” at the Academy Awards while pregnant with her son and gave a special shoutout.  “So many people helped me prepare for this role,” she said in her acceptance speech. “My beautiful love, Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film a ...
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Dance Review: Review: L.A. Dance Project’s Eclectic Balancing Act
NYTimes - 7 months
Benjamin Millepied’s young California company brings same-sex couples, lots of physicality and Martha Graham duets to its Joyce Theater debut.
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Benjamin Millepied Left the Paris Opera Ballet. Now What?
NYTimes - 8 months
Leaving Paris, the choreographer has plans for his L.A. Dance Project: touring, partnerships and digital efforts that “you can monetize.”
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Benjamin Millepied
  • 2016
    Age 38
    Millepied resigned from the Paris Opera Ballet on 4 February 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Millepied filmed a commercial for Yves Saint Laurent's men's fragrance L'homme Libre in New York. In August 2013, he directed a short film based on his choreography, "Reflections," for French jewelry, watch, and perfume company Van Cleef and Arpels. Later that year, he choreographed a two-minute spot for liqueur brand Baileys, directed by Ringan Ledwidge and featuring Royal Ballet dancers Steven McRae, Thiago Soares and Iana Salenko. In September 2015, Millespied joined graffiti artist André Saraiva in a short-film for menswear brand Berluti. Millepied has commissioned and collaborated with contemporary composers including David Lang, Nico Muhly, Thierry Escaich, Daniel Ott, and Philip Glass. The Jerome Robbins Trust and Foundation has underwritten Millepied’s work and donors include philanthropists Anne Bass and Arlene Cooper.
  • 2015
    Age 37
    Relève, a ballet documentary by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai featuring Millepied as he mounts his first production as director of the Paris ballet, premiered in France on Canal+ in December 2015.
    More Details Hide Details As Reset, it later had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • 2014
    Age 36
    He officially succeeded Brigitte Lefèvre on 15 October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at the Paris Opera Ballet, Millepied brought in William Forsythe as an associate choreographer and collaborator on the new Academy, an in-house training program for choreographers. Millepied’s first season opened with a celebrity-filled gala that raised over a million euros. He also established a digital platform for new work and organized dancer exchanges with the Mariinsky and American Ballet Theater.
    He was Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet from October 2014 and resigned in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He may be most widely known for his work in the movie Black Swan (2010), for which he choreographed the dances and also starred as a dancer. Millepied was born in Bordeaux, France. He is the youngest of three sons. His ballet training started at the age of eight with his mother, Catherine Flori, a former ballet dancer. His father is Denys Millepied. Between the ages of 13 and 16 he studied with Michel Rahn at the Conservatoire National in Lyon, France.
    In January 2014, Millepied said he was in the process of converting to Judaism.
    More Details Hide Details George Balanchine August Bournonville Peter Martins Jerome Robbins Richard Tanner Christopher Wheeldon
    In 2014, Millepied became the Artistic Advisor of the new Dance Academy at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles, joining fellow former-principal dancers with the New York City Ballet, Jenifer Ringer and James Fayette.
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  • 2012
    Age 34
    On the invitation of Los Angeles Music Center board member and TV host Nigel Lythgoe, Millepied was a guest judge on the dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance on 22 August 2012.
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    In 2012, Millepied founded The Amoveo Company, a multimedia production company and art collective.
    More Details Hide Details He has directed a number of short films in collaboration with various artists, including Mark Bradford, Philip Glass, IO Echo, Zeds Dead, and Lil Buck.
  • 2011
    Age 33
    Portman gave birth to their child, a son named Aleph Portman-Millepied in June 2011, and they were married August 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 32
    In 2010, he was the leading man in a short film co-directed by Asa Mader and starring Léa Seydoux, called Time Doesn’t Stand Still.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    In 2009 he served as choreographer for Black Swan, a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky which stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He also danced and starred in the film.
  • 2003
    Age 25
    His dancing was again captured for the 2003 Barbie film Barbie of Swan Lake.
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  • 2001
    Age 23
    In 2001, Millepied's dancing was motion-captured for the animated children's film Barbie in the Nutcracker, along with that of other New York City Ballet dancers.
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  • 1995
    Age 17
    Millepied joined New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in 1995, was promoted to soloist in 1998 and became principal dancer in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Millepied also became a choreographer, creating dances for City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the School of American Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera Ballet, Ballet de Genève, and his own company, Danses Concertantes. From 2006 to 2007, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. On 26 October 2011, it was announced that Millepied would retire from New York City's Ballet. In 2011, L.A. Dance Project, founded and directed by Millepied, was launched with a commission, expected to last two years, from Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Los Angeles Music Center. The company’s operating budget is about $1 million a year. Millepied partnered with composer Nico Muhly, producer Charles Fabius, composer Nicholas Britell, and Matthieu Humery to found the company. In 2012, L.A. Dance Project established a full-time residence at Los Angeles Theatre Center with the objective of presenting new works throughout the city. L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural performance, commissioned by The Music Center was held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on 22 September 2012.
  • 1994
    Age 16
    At SAB's 1994 Spring Workshop he originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins' premiere of 2 and 3 Part Inventions and also received the Prix de Lausanne.
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  • 1992
    Age 14
    In the summer of 1992 Millepied attended classes at the School of American Ballet (SAB) and returned to study full-time in 1993, with a scholarship from the French Ministry (Bourse Lavoisier or Lavoisier Scholarship).
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career, Millepied was mentored by choreographer Jerome Robbins, who took an interest in him.
  • 1977
    Born on June 10, 1977.
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