Benjamin Millepied: Dancing His Way To Success
As if being married to one of the most beautiful woman in the world was not enough, French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied has recently been named the next Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, starting in September 2014.
The announcement came as a surprise to many who were expecting Brigitte Lefèvre’s successor to come from within the company. Talking to The NY Times about the unexpected honour Millepied said: “I was surprised, but I felt very quickly that the artistic dialogue between us was an exciting one. After a while I did feel there was a really good chance I might get the position. Which made my head spin.”
At 35 years old, handsome and father to the child of actress Natalie Portman, Millepied has taken a step into the spotlight since he served as choreographer for the award-winning thriller Black Swan back in 2010. Yet despite flirting with Hollywood after this success by playing the lead-man in a short directed by Asa Mader (an individual worth looking up in his own right), Millepied has stayed true to the passion of live dance he has held since he was eight years old.
In the years since he shot to fame he has founded and directed L.A. Dance Project, a company which presents new works in venues throughout the city. In 2013, the company will embark upon an international tour which will include dates in London, Paris and Edinburgh.
In 2014, Millepied is said to be taking a step back from L.A. Dance Project, acting instead as founding director and advisor. This will no doubt give him time to focus on his much prized position within Paris Opera Ballet, an honor since the 150 world class dancers there are effectively carrying on from the very beginnings of ballet with the company’s roots in the court of Louis XIV.
by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn