Benjamin Millepied Wikipedia

Benjamin Millepied
Born(1977-06-10) June 10, 1977 (age 36)

Bordeaux, France
OccupationChoreographer, danseur
Years active2001–present
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s)Natalie Portman (m. 2012)
ChildrenAleph Portman-Millepied
Current groupParis Opera Ballet, L.A. Dance Project
Former groupsNew York City Ballet
Benjamin Millepied (born June 10, 1977) is a French dancer and choreographer, perhaps most widely known for his work in the movie Black Swan which he starred in and choreographed. Millepied will be the new Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, starting in September 2014.


    Early life

    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.

    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 September 22, 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 company’s most recent premiere of the new work "Reflections" by Benjamin Millepied took place at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on April 23, 2013. In 2013, L.A. Dance Project will continue 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.

    On September 17th 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

    In January 2013, it was announced that Millepied will be the new Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. His new position will begin in September 2014.


    In 2010, he was made Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.

    Personal life

    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 soloist, Isabella Boylston to pursue 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.


    2001PassagesConservatoire National
    2002Clapping Musicmusic by Steve Reich
    Triple DuetSadler's Wells Theatremusic by J. S. Bach
    2003Double AriaBay Street Theater
    2004On The Other SideSadler's Wells Theatre
    200524 Variations of a Theme By PaganiniSchool of American Ballet
    Circular MotionFlorence Gould Hall
    2006CloserJoyce Theatermusic and live accompaniment by Philip Glass
    AmoveoParis Opera Balletset designs by Paul Cox, costumes by Marc Jacobs
    2009Everything Doesn't Happen At OnceAvery Fisher Hallmusic by David Lang
    Quasi Una FantasiaNew York City Ballet
    2010Plainspokenmusic by David Lang
    Why am I not where you areLincoln Center for the Performing Artsmusic by Thierry Escaich, scenery by Santiago Calatrava
    One Thing Leads to AnotherHet National Balletmusic by Nico Muhly, costumes by Rodarte
    2011TroikaAmerican Ballet Theatre
    The Bartered BrideMetropolitan Opera

    Originated roles

    1997Slavonic DancesChristopher WheeldonPart of the Diamond Project
    BrandenburgJerome Robbins
    La StravaganzaAngelin Preljocaj
    1998Les NocesJerome Robbins
    Concerti ArmoniciPeter Martins
    1999Swan Lake
    2000PrismHelgi TómassonPart of the Diamond Project
    2002If By ChanceMelissa BarakPart of the Diamond Project
    Twilight CouranteStephen Baynes
    Hallelujah JunctionPeter Martins
    2003Guide to Strange Places
    2004Circle of FifthsChristopher d'Amboise
    MusagèteBoris Eifman
    OctetPeter Martins

    Featured roles

    George Balanchine
    • Agon
    • Ballo della Regina
    • Chaconne
    • Coppélia
      • Frantz
    • Divertimento from Le Baiser de la fée
    • Donizetti Variations
    • The Nutcracker
    • Harlequinade
      • Harlequin
    • Jewels
      • Rubies
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Raymonda Variations
    • La Sonnambula
    • La Source
    • Stars and Stripes
    • Symphony in C
    • Symphony in Three Movements
    • Tarantella
    • Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux
    • Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
      • Theme and Variations
    • Union Jack
    • Valse-Fantaisie
    • Western Symphony

    August Bournonville
    • Bournonville Divertissements

    Peter Martins
    • Ash
    • Fearful Symmetries
    • Jeu de cartes
    • Quartet for Strings
    • The Sleeping Beauty
    • Stabat Mater
    • Swan Lake
      • Siegfried
    • Tschaikovsky Pas de Quatre
    • Zakouski

    Jerome Robbins
    • 2 and 3 Part Inventions
    • Dances at a Gathering
    • Fancy Free
    • Fanfare
    • The Four Seasons
    • Interplay
    • Piano Pieces
    • West Side Story Suite

    Richard Tanner
    • Soirée

    Christopher Wheeldon
    • Carousel (A Dance)
    • Mercurial Manoeuvres


    2001Barbie in the NutcrackerNew York City Ballet DancerAnimated Feature
    2003Barbie of Swan LakeNew York City Ballet DancerAnimated Feature
    2010Black SwanDavid Moreau/The PrinceFeature Film
    2011Time Doesn't Stand StillLuiShort Film
    2012AriaDirectorShort Film
    2012BacchanaleDirectorShort Film
    2012IO Echo: Eye FatherDirectorMusic Video
    2012IO Echo: StalemateDirerectorMusic Video
    2012Naran JaCreative DirectorShort Film
    2012MedusaDirectorShort Film
    2012FrameworkChoreographer & DancerShort Film
    2013Zeds Dead: DemonsDirectorMusic Video
    2013ReflectionsDirectorShort Film
    2013Bailey'sCreative Director & ChoreographerCommercial
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