10 June 1977 |
|Occupation||Choreographer, ballet dancer|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Natalie Portman (m. 2012)|
|Current group||Paris Opera Ballet, L.A. Dance Project|
|Former groups||New York City Ballet|
Benjamin Millepied (pronounced "MEEL-pee-yay") (born 10 June 1977) is a French dancer and choreographer, perhaps most widely known for his work in the movie Black Swan in which he starred and choreographed. He became the Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet in October 2014.
Millepied was born in Bordeaux, France, and raised in Dakar, Senegal. 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 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). Early in his career Millepied was mentored by choreographer Jerome Robbins, who took an interest in him. 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. Millepied joined New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in 1995, was promoted to soloist in 1998 and became principal dancer in 2002. On 26 October 2011, it was announced that Millepied would retire from New York City's Ballet.
Millepied is also 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, American Ballet Theatre, and his own company, Danses Concertantes. From 2006 to 2007, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.
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.
In 2001, Millepied's dancing was motion captured for the animated children's film Barbie in the Nutcracker, along with other New York City Ballet dancers. His dancing was again captured for the 2003 Barbie film Barbie of Swan Lake. 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. 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.
In 2012, Millepied founded The Amoveo Company, a multimedia production company and art collective. 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. In August 2013, Millepied directed a short film based on his choreography "Reflections" for Van Cleef and Arpels.
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. 
L.A. Dance Project
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.
Later that year, Millepied and L.A. Dance Project dancer Amanda Wells performed a 30-minute duet entitled "Framework" at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The dance collective’s first program featured a Millepied premiere, Moving Parts, with a score by Muhly and visual design by painter Christopher Wool. The program also includes a revival of Merce Cunningham’s 1964 Winterbranch, a movement exploration of falling bodies set to a mostly two-note score by La Monte Young, and William Forsythe’s Quintett, a 1993 study in loss and hope to avant-garde composer Gavin Bryar’s composition Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Millepied's collaborators include Rodarte, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel, a contemporary California painter and video artist.
The premiere of "Reflections" by Millepied took place at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on 23 April 2013. In 2013, L.A. Dance Project continued to tour at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Edinburgh International Festival, La Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. In September 2013, at Maison de la Danse in Lyon, the company premiered two new pieces. The first premiere was Murder Ballads, choreographed by Justin Peck with music by Bryce Dessner. Next on the program was the premiere of Morgan's Last Chug choreographed and with light and sound design by Emanuel Gat.
Paris Opera Ballet
Millepied met actress Natalie Portman on the set of Black Swan in early 2009 and reportedly left his live-in girlfriend at the time, American Ballet Theatre dancer, now principal dancer, Isabella Boylston to begin a relationship with the actress. Portman gave birth to their child, a son named Aleph Portman-Millepied in June 2011, and they were married August 2012. In January 2014, Millepied said he was in the process of converting to Judaism.
|2002||Clapping Music||Conservatoire National||Music by Steve Reich|
|2002||Triple Duet||Sadler's Wells Theatre||Music by J. S. Bach|
|2003||Double Aria||Bay Street Theater|
|2004||On The Other Side||Sadler's Wells Theatre|
|2005||24 Variations of a Theme By Paganini||School of American Ballet|
|2005||Circular Motion||Florence Gould Hall|
|2006||Closer||Joyce Theater||Music and live accompaniment by Philip Glass|
|2006||Amoveo||Paris Opera Ballet||Set designs by Paul Cox, costumes by Marc Jacobs|
|2009||Everything Doesn't Happen At Once||Avery Fisher Hall||Music by David Lang|
|2009||Quasi Una Fantasia||New York City Ballet|
|2009||Sarabande||New York City Ballet|
|2010||Plainspoken||New York City Ballet||Music by David Lang|
|2010||Why am I not where you are||Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts||Music by Thierry Escaich, scenery by Santiago Calatrava|
|2010||One Thing Leads to Another||Het National Ballet||Music by Nico Muhly, costumes by Rodarte|
|2011||Troika||American Ballet Theatre|
|2011||The Bartered Bride||Metropolitan Opera|
|1997||Slavonic Dances||Christopher Wheeldon||Part of the Diamond Project|
|1997||La Stravaganza||Angelin Preljocaj|
|1998||Les Noces||Jerome Robbins|
|1998||Concerti Armonici||Peter Martins|
|1999||Swan Lake||Peter Martins|
|2000||Prism||Helgi Tómasson||Part of the Diamond Project|
|2002||If By Chance||Melissa Barak||Part of the Diamond Project|
|2002||Twilight Courante||Stephen Baynes||Part of the Diamond Project|
|2002||Hallelujah Junction||Peter Martins||Part of the Diamond Project|
|2003||Guide to Strange Places||Peter Martins|
|2004||Circle of Fifths||Christopher d'Amboise|
|2001||Barbie in the Nutcracker||New York City Ballet Dancer|
|2003||Barbie of Swan Lake||New York City Ballet Dancer|
|2010||Black Swan||David Moreau/The Prince|
|2011||Time Doesn't Stand Still||Lui||Short film|
|2012||IO Echo: Eye Father||Director||Music video|
|2012||IO Echo: Stalemate||Direrector||Music video|
|2012||Naran Ja ||Creative Director||Short|
|2012||Framework||Choreographer & Dancer||Short|
|2013||Zeds Dead: Demons||Director||Music video|
|2014||Forest Swords: The Weight Of Gold||Director||Music video|
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