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15/03/2013
BENJAMIN MILLEPIED AT SPOLETO56 WITH L.A. DANCE PROJECT
Benjamin Millepied, the newly appointed Dance Director at the world renowned Paris Opéra, will be in Spoleto with the Italian premiere of a program created exclusively for the Festival of 2Worlds.


 
TEATRO ROMANO
Friday 12 July at 21.15
Saturday 13 July at  21.15
 

L.A. DANCE PROJECT
 
founding director Benjamin Millepied
dancers
Julia Eichten, Charlie Hodges, Morgan Lugo, Nathan Makolandra, Rachelle Rafailedes, Amanda Wells
 
L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius and film producer Dimitri Chamblas.
 
L.A. Dance Project’s goal is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance.
 
italian premiere program
exclusively for Spoleto56 Festival of 2Worlds
 
Closer (2006)
premiere: March 14, 2006
choreography Benjamin Millepied
music Philip Glass Mad Rush for piano
lighting design Roderick Murray
costume construction Lydia Harmon
 
Winterbranch (1964)
premiere: March 21, 1964
choreography Merce Cunningham
music La Monte Young 2 Sounds
décor and costume design Robert Rauschenberg
lighting design Beverly Emmons (based on concepts by Robert Rauschenberg)
staging Jennifer Goggans (assisted by Robert Swinston)
 
Moving Parts (2012)
premiere: September 22, 2012
choreography Benjamin Millepied
music composition Nico Muhly
visual installation Christopher Wool
costume design Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte)
lighting design Roderick Murray
Commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center,
Los Angeles, CA.
 
Benjamin Millepied
Born in Bordeaux, France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother Catherine, a former modern dancer. After studying classical ballet in France under Michel Rahn at the Conservatoire National de Lyon, Benjamin came to New York City to study at the School of American Ballet in 1992. While at SAB, Benjamin was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the French Ministry of Culture’s "Bourse Lavoisier", the "Prix de Lausanne", and the Mae L. Wien "Award for Outstanding Promise". In 1995, Mr. Millepied joined the New York City Ballet, where he quickly rose to the rank of Principal Dancer by 2001. During his career at NYCB, Mr. Millepied danced lead roles in ballets by notable choreographers including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. Mr. Millepied also originated roles in new works by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Angelin Preljocaj, Mauro Bigonzetti, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 1999 and 2002 he appeared in featured roles with the NYCB for the nationally televised Live From Lincoln Center broadcast. Mr. Millepied retired from NYCB in 2011. In addition to being a celebrated dancer, Mr. Millepied is also a renowned choreographer who has created works for some of the world’s most well-known dance companies and artists, including the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Mariinsky Ballet, Geneva Opera Ballet, the Lyon Opera Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. Millepied’s works are regularly performed by dance companies around the world. In 2010, Benjamin became a Chevalier in France’s prestigious "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". In 2010, Mr. Millepied also choreographed and starred in Darren Aronofsky’s award-winning feature film Black Swan. The same year, he directed his first short film. In 2011, Mr. Millepied directed 5 short films for a multi-media performance entitled Portals. Benjamin is now directing on a regular basis. In 2011, Mr. Millepied became the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s new fragrance "L’Homme Libre". In 2012, Mr. Millepied directed the musical staging for the La Jolla Playhouse’s production of Hands On a Hardbody, which is scheduled to premiere on Broadway in New York City in the spring of 2013. In 2012, Mr. Millepied announced the creation of L.A. Dance Project, his new dance company. L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural performances, commissioned by The Music Center, feature a new work choreographed by Mr. Millepied with music by Nico Muhly, set design by artist Christopher Wool, and costumes by Rodarte. L.A. Dance Project will tour the United States and internationally into 2013. Benjamin Millepied will be the new Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, beginning September 2014.

          
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