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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10 June 1977
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#SpeakingInDance: Precision and Attack: Benjamin Millepied’s ‘In Silence We Speak’
NYTimes - 8 months
Our latest installment in the Instagram series #SpeakingInDance features Carla Körbes and Janie Taylor.
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Critic's Notebook: L.A. Dance Project Has Vivid Performers and Fine Repertory. There’s Just One Problem.
NYTimes - 8 months
The only major issue for the company, now at the Joyce, is the choreography of its artistic director, Benjamin Millepied.
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An Intimate Duet for Not-Quite-Retired Ballerinas (and Friends)
NYTimes - 9 months
Benjamin Millepied made “In Silence We Speak” for two ravishing dancers: Carla Körbes and Janie Taylor.
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12 Celebrity Baby Names That Are Actually Quite Nice
Huffington Post - 9 months
Nameberry is honoring the veteran celebrity moms ― the ones who have gracefully combined high-profile careers with parenting and added another baby to the mix since last May. These stylish mamas have chosen a mix of traditional and surprising names for their new additions. Plenty of these could prove influential in the upcoming years. What are your favorites? From Amalia to Zen, there’s something here to suit every style. Amalia Natalie Portman made headlines when she named her firstborn Aleph in 2011. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Recently she and husband Benjamin Millepied added a daughter to their family. Amalia is a slightly more conventional choice, but sticks with the A theme. With Amelia near the top of the popularity lists, cousin Amalia promises to inspire. Caleb Kerry Washington has stuck with a winning strategy for naming her two children with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. New baby Caleb Kelechi joined big sister Isabelle Amarachi last Oc...
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Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Welcome Daughter Amalia -
Google News - 12 months Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied Welcome Daughter Amalia It's a girl for Natalie Portman! The Oscar-winning actress, 35, and her husband Benjamin Millepied have welcomed their second child together, her rep confirms to POEPLE. “Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied welcomed a baby girl, Amalia ... Alabama theater will not show 'Beauty and the Beast' because of gay story lineLos Angeles Times Natalie Portman Gives Birth to Daughter Amalia MillepiedE! Online Natalie Portman Welcomes Baby No. 2Hollywood Reporter Bustle -Us Weekly -Page Six -USA TODAY all 135 news articles »
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'Reset' Review: Lord of the Dance
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
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 1 year
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 1 year
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 1 year
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, me...
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Dancing and Driving with Art
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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. H...
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How Rufus Wainwright and Benjamin Millepied came to collaborate on L.A. Dance Project program
LATimes - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2014
    Age 36
    He officially succeeded Brigitte Lefèvre on 15 October 2014.
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    He was Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet from October 2014 and resigned in 2016.
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    In January 2014, Millepied said he was in the process of converting to Judaism.
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    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.
  • 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.
    In 2012, Millepied founded The Amoveo Company, a multimedia production company and art collective.
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  • 2011
    Age 33
    Portman gave birth to their child, a son named Aleph Portman-Millepied in June 2011, and they were married August 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    His dancing was again captured for the 2003 Barbie film Barbie of Swan Lake.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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).
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  • 1977
    Born on June 10, 1977.
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