Benjamin Millepied, Artistic Director

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Former Paris Opera Ballet Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the movie Black Swan, founded the L.A. Dance Project, an artist collective, in 2012 with composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, art consultant Matthieu Humery, and producer Charles Fabius. The Project aims to make new work for a small group of dancers in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, and composers to perform in both traditional and unconventional spaces. 


  • Murder Ballades (2013)

    Choreography by Justin Peck
    Original Score by Bryce Dessner 

  • Second Quartet (2017)

    Choreography by Noé Soulier
    Music by Tom De Cock (Ictus Ensemble) and Noé Soulier

  • Hearts & Arrows (2015)

    Choreography by Benjamin Millepied
    Music by Philip Glass

Millepied’s full-time return to Los Angeles has injected a new energy into this Downtown L.A. ensemble. The company’s approach to collaborative creation—integrating composers, musicians, and visual artists into the process—harkens back to the days of the Ballets Russes.


—Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall