Benjamin is known for his choreography creations, especially classical and modern dance ones for which he has won the most trophies. That is why he chose to transform the world through his art!
Who is Benjamin Millepied?
Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer and teacher of classical and contemporary dance. He was born on 10 June 1977 in Bordeaux. His mother is a director of a modern and West African dance school. Benjamin Millepied grew up in Dakar, Senegal, but when he was 4 years old, his parents decided to move to Bordeaux and founded a new school in their house. Before that, he started to learn the basics of dance discipline with his mother. In 1987, he started learning with a classical dance teacher Vladmir Skouratov. In 1990, Benjamin entered the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse” with his colleagues. In 2009, he married the popular actress Natalie Portman. They had two children including Aleph, born in 2011 and Amalia, born in 2017.
The different stages of Benjamin Millepied’s career
Benjamin entered the School of American Ballet and two years later he had his first role as a dancer with the New York City Ballet. Thanks to his partners who worked with him for several years, Benjamin Millepied was awarded the Prix de Lausanne (an international dance competition). Seven years later, he became a principal dancer then started a career as a choreographer by creating the “Triple Duet” in London (the beginning of his creations). In 2004, he became the artistic director of Morriss Lenteur Dance in Bridgehampton. Benjamin later left the New York City ballet and opened his own company “The Dance Project”. Eventually, in January 2013, Benjamin is elected as Brigitte Lefèvre’s successor, i.e. he becomes the director of the “Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris”.
The weaknesses of the Paris National Opera
At the Paris National Opera, some issues arose. Firstly, when the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées is announced (Transcendences festival), three complex choreographic and musical worlds collide. Then, during a lively puzzle ‘Second Quartet’, a young French choreographer Noé Soulier and Tom de Cock eject four dancers after signing a cast. Afterwards, the Bach insufficiency took place; Benjamin Millepied performs a portion of Bach Studies (i.e. a single part) for nine actors. Finally, the director of the Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin gave the company a piece for six dancers in 1996. Indeed, the Paris National Opera Ballet was going through a crisis, which is why Director Benjamin left his position as director in February 2016.