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Benjamin Millepied

Born in France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother, Catherine Flori, a former modern dancer. From 2001 to 2011, he was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, until his retirement. With the NYCB, Millepied danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, as well as many original roles created for him by Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Angelin Preljocaj, and Mauro Bigonzetti. He started choreographing in 2001 and from 2006 to 2007 was the choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In 2012, Millepied moved to Los Angeles, where he founded the new dance collective L.A. Dance Project to promote new work and revisit influential multidisciplinary collaborations from the past.

In 2007, Millepied received the United States Artists Wynn Fellowship, and in 2010, he was made Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Furthermore, his many ballets are in the repertory of major dance companies around the world, including the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky Ballet, and the Lyon Opera Ballet. His collaborators have included Nico Muhly, David Lang, Philip Glass, Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Paul Cox, Rodarte, Thierry Escaich, Santiago Calatrava, and Daniel Buren.

Millepied also works in film, both as a choreographer and as a director, and in 2010 choreographed and starred in Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan.

In 2013 the Paris Opera Ballet announced Millepied’s appointment as its new director, a role he will assume in the fall of 2014. Millepied will continue with L.A. Dance Project, overseeing and programming the company.