Daphnis and Chloe
Everything Doesn't Happen at Once
From Here On
Born in Bordeaux France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother, a former modern dancer. From age thirteen to sixteen he attended the Conservatoire National de Lyon, studying classical ballet under Michel Rahn. In the Summer of 1992, Millepied made his first appearance in New York City, for a summer program at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. The following year, he became a full-time student at the school, having received the “Bourse Lavoisier,” a scholarship award from the French Ministry of Culture. In the 1994 School of American Ballet Spring Workshop, Millepied originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions set to music by J. S. Bach. That same year, he was awarded the “Prix de Lausanne.” In his last year at SAB, Millepied received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet. In the Spring of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer. In 2004 and 2005, Millepied directed the Morriss Center Dance Workshop in Bridgehampton, New York and from 2006 to 2007, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. 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.
Millepied’s repertoire includes featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Ballo della Regina, Coppélia, “Divertimento” from Le Baiser De La Fee, The Nutcracker, Harlequinade, Rubies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Raymonda Variations, La Source, Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C,
Tarantella, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux, Theme and Variations, Valse-Fantaisie; in Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions, Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free, A Suite of Dances, In The Night, The Four Seasons, Dybbuk, Interplay, Piano Pieces and West Side Story Suite; in Susan Stroman’s Double Feature and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Mercurial Manoeuvres; in Peter Martins’ Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Additionally, Millepied originated roles in many works, including Jerome Robbins’ Brandenburg, Les Noces (revival) and Dybbuk (revival), Peter Martins’ Hallelujah Junction; Angelin Preljocaj’s La Stravaganza; Mauro Bigonzetti’s Vespro and In Vento, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH. In 1999 and 2002 he appeared in featured roles with New York City Ballet for the nationally televised Live From Lincoln Center broadcast.
Millepied’s choreographic works include Passages for the Conservatoire National de Lyon (2001), Triple Duet for Danses Concertantes performed at Sadler’s Wells, London (2002) and Circular Motion also for Danses Concertantes, London (2004); Chaconne, a dance film, co-directed by film-maker Olivier Simola (2003); On The Other Side for Danses Concertantesperformed at Maison de la Danse, Lyon (2004); Double Aria by New York City Ballet, with the original score of Daniel Ott (2005);
28 Variations of an Theme By Paganini for the School of American Ballet (2005); an original full-length Casse-Noisette for the Grand Théâtre de Genève (2005); Closer as part of Benjamin Millepied and Company season at the Joyce Theater New York, with live accompaniment by Philip Glass (2006); Capriccio for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (2006); Years Later, a solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov in collaboration with Mr. Simola (2006); Amoveo for the Paris Opera Ballet (2006); From Here On Out for ABT, original score by Nico Muhly (2007); Petrouchka for the Ballet de Genève (2007); Triade for the Paris Opera Ballet with an original score by Nico Muhly (2008); 3 Movements for Pacific Northwest Ballet (2008); Without for Danses Concertantes (2008); Quasi Una Fantasia for New York City Ballet (2009); Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once for ABT (2009); Sarabande for Danses Concertantes, premiered in Lyon (2009); Why Am I Not Where You Are with a commissioned score by Thierry Escaich for New York City Ballet (2010); Plainspoken with a commissioned score by David Lang for New York City Ballet (2010), One thing leads to another with a commissioned score by Nico Muhly for Het National Ballet (2010), The Bartered Bride (2011) and Khovanshchina (2012) for the Metropolitan Opera and Julliard School and Neverwhere for New York City Ballet (2013).
In 2010, Millepied choreographed and appeared in Darren Aronofsky’s feature film
In 2012, Mr. Millepied founded the new dance company L.A. Dance Project. During L.A. Dance Project’s September, 2012 inaugural performances at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, the company performed Moving Parts, a collaboration between Mr. Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, and visual artist Christopher Wool. In May 2013, L.A. Dance Project presented Reflections, a new work which was the result of a collaboration between Mr. Millepied, composer David Lang, artist Barbara Kruger, and which was created with the support of the historic jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels. In 2013, Millepied founded the Amoveo Company with composer Nicholas Britell. Amoveo is an artist collective, active in digital media, television and film.
In January 2013 the Paris Opera Ballet announced Mr. Millepied’s appointment as its new Director. He created numerous works for the company including Daphnis and Chloe (2014).
Millepied’s works for American Ballet Theatre are From Here On Out (2007), Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once (2009) and Troika (2011).