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L.A. Dance Project

08 to 10 August – 8:00 pm

Photo: Erin Baiano


Artistic director: Benjamin Millepied
Choreographies: Homeward (German premiere), Orpheus Highway (German premiere), Bach Studies (Part 1) (German premiere)

8-10 August, 8:00 pm, Hafen 1

Introduction to the work on 8 August, 7:15 pm, Hafen 1 foyer

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

Orpheus Highway (German premiere)

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Music: Steve Reich

In his choreography "Orpheus Highway", Millepied explores the tragic love story of the eponymous mythical protagonist with a cleverly interwoven interplay of film and dance performance. Nine dancers on stage interact with a challenging, partly dominant cinematic background, which they mirror, rebel against, and play with in a series of surprising sequences. Steve Reich's highly expressive "Triple Quartet" drives the choreography to its dramatic conclusion.

Bach Studies (Part 1) German premiere

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Benjamin Millepied has been working with the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach for many years. Inspired by the depth and complexity of the music, his choreography "Bach Studies (Part 1)" integrates the compositional techniques of counterpoint, fugue and canon from Bach's Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor into a choreographic work. Technically demanding, sensitive, and emotionally captivating, the piece masterfully translates music into movement. 

Homeward (German premiere)

Choreography: Benjamin Millepied
Music: Bryce Dessner

"Homeward", a short, fast-paced piece for a video production by American artist James Buckhouse, defies classification in any clear-defined genre of classical or modern dance. The choreographed response to the music of Bryce Dessner's spirited piece "Aheym" is reminiscent of the free-flowing musicality of Paul Taylor: carefree but with strict technical rules and a formal intensity rooted in classicism.

Choreographer

Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer, filmmaker and former professional dancer with the New York City Ballet. Born in Bordeaux, France, he began his dance training at the age of eight. In 1995 he joined the New York City Ballet, where he was cast in all the main roles as first soloist. Along with the vast repertoire of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, he appeared in original choreographies by Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Mauro Bigonzetti, Angelin Preljoçaj and Peter Martins. He left the New York City Ballet in 2011 and one year later, founded his own company in Los Angeles, the L.A. Dance Project, where he continued work on his choreographies. Millepied's choreographic work can also be found in the repertoires of many other dance companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Berlin State Opera, Mariinsky Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2010, Millepied's choreography was included in Darren Aronofsky's award-winning film Black Swan, in which he also appeared. In 2013, Millepied was appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet, where he developed programmes for two highly-successful seasons before stepping down in 2016 to focus on the L.A. Dance Project and pursue his work as a choreographer and filmmaker.

Company

In 2012, Benjamin Millepied founded the L.A. Dance Project (LADP) in Los Angeles as a creative centre that brings together artists from various disciplines. This platform focuses on the development, creation and support of world-class dance performances in Los Angeles. The project includes the internationally-acclaimed dance company, a performance venue in the Los Angeles arts district, and a variety of media initiatives. Under the primacy of dance, LADP promotes artistic collaborations across disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the world. The L.A. Dance Project consists of twelve dancers under the artistic direction of Benjamin Millepied. The company rehearses and performs in their own studios and also stages productions across the globe. Their repertoire includes new creations by Millepied, reconstructed historical pieces, and the commissioned works of promising young choreographers. The main approach to the artistic work revolves around multidisciplinary cooperation with visual artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and composers. The company has performed in nearly 100 cities around the world. This year's appearance at the Movimentos Festival marks the group's first trip to Germany.