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L.A. DANCE PROJECT IS A DANCE COPMANY FOUNDED IN 2012 BY CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCER BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, ALONG WITH COMPOSER NICO MUHLY  ART CONSULTANT MATTHIEU HUMERY,FOUNDING PRODUCER CHARLES FABIUS AND COMPOSER NICHOLAS BRITELL.

 

L.A. DANCE PROJECT’S MISSION IS TO CREATE NEW WORK AND TO REVIVE SEMINAL COLLABORATIONS FROM INFLUENTIAL DANCE MAKERS. PROGRAMS INCLUDE FULL-LENGTH EVENINGS IN TRADITIONAL THEATER VENUES AS WELL AS SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES IN NON-TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENTS. NEW WORKS BY THE COMPANY ENDEAVOR TO BE MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS WITH VISUAL ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, DESIGNERS, FILM DIRECTORS AND COMPOSERS. L.A. DANCE PROJECT PROMOTES THE WORK OF EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED CREATORS, CONTRIBUTING TO NEW PLATFORMS FOR DANCE.

 

LADP IS A REGISTERED 501 (C)(3) NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW. 

 

 

TEAM
 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR                                                       Benjamin Millepied  

FOUNDING PRODUCER                                                Charles Fabius

 

 

LADP ADVISOR COLLECTIVE

Nico Muhly, Nicholas Britell, Matthieu Humery  

 

BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS                                          Christopher Macdougall PLLC

 

COMPANY MANAGER                                                    Rebecca Misselwitz

PRODUCTION MANAGER                                               Davison Scandrett

ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER                             Francesca Muscolo

LIGHTING DIRECTOR                                                       Josh Johnson

 

BALLET MASTER                                                               Sebastien Marcovici

ASSOCIATE ARTIST                                                          Carla Korbes 

 

 

 
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Dancers


Dancers


 DANCERS


Janie Taylor was born in Houston, TX where she began her ballet training at age 2 with Gilbert Rome. She trained at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans from 1993-1996. After attending two years of the summer program at the School of American Ballet, she became a full-time student in the fall of 1996.  While a student at SAB she originated a featured role in Christopher Wheeldon's Soiree Musicale for the Spring workshop performance in June of 1998. She received the Mae L. Wien Award at the SAB Annual Workshop and was invited to become and apprentice with New York City Ballet. A month later, she became a member of NYCB's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of of Soloist in February 2001 and to Principal in 2005. During her career with New York City Ballet she originated roles in ballets choreographed by Peter Martins and Benjamin Millepied. She also performed featured roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins, as well as pieces by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Susan Stroman, Twyla Tharp, and Mirriam Mahdaviani. Ms. Taylor appeared in the film Center Stage directed by Nochilas Hytner which was released in 2000. She retired from the New York City Ballet on March 1, 2014.

 

Ms. Taylor is now a repetileur setting ballets for Justin Peck and Benjamin Millepied on companies around the world and has since started a career in design. She has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet and L.A. Dance Project.

Stephanie Amurao was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1988 where she trained at the Richmond Academy of Dance. She then earned a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School in 2010, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Following graduation, she was a guest artist with Take Dance Company in NYC, and MOVE:the company in Vancouver. Stephanie then had the pleasure of dancing at Bern: Ballett under the direction of Cathy Marston for two seasons. In 2012, Stephanie joined Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company. She is now thrilled to be a part of the LA Dance Project.

Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in Pensacola, Florida. He studied ballet throughout high school as an ABT national training scholar before attending the Juilliard School in New York City.  Aaron has been a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY since graduating in 2009.  He has also been dancing for ZVIDANCE for the past four years. Through these companies, Aaron has toured internationally but also found a love for teaching. As a freelance dancer Aaron has also had the chance to dance for Charlotte Bydwell, Jaclyn K. Walsh, The Troupe, Jonathan Royce Wyndham, Emily Schoen, & PROJECT RUIN.

Aaron Carr began dancing at age six in Pensacola, Florida. He studied ballet throughout high school as an ABT national training scholar before attending the Juilliard School in New York City.  Aaron has been a member of KEIGWIN + COMPANY since graduating in 2009.  He has also been dancing for ZVIDANCE for the past four years. Through these companies, Aaron has toured internationally but also found a love for teaching. As a freelance dancer Aaron has also had the chance to dance for Charlotte Bydwell, Jaclyn K. Walsh, The Troupe, Jonathan Royce Wyndham, Emily Schoen, & PROJECT RUIN.

David Adrian Freeland Jr. is from Jacksonville, FL. He began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He went on to study at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. David has attended summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School under full scholarship. He later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. David was a member of Alvin Ailey's second company, Ailey II, for three seasons. During that time, he performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. David has also performed in the 2015-2016 season at The Metropolitan Opera House. David is excited to share the stage with the amazingly talented artists of the L.A. Dance Project.

David Adrian Freeland Jr. is from Jacksonville, FL. He began his dance training at LaVilla School of the Arts under the direction of Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Susan Jennings. He went on to study at the Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, where he received much of his training under the direction of Kezia Rolle. David has attended summer intensives at the Nashville Ballet and The Juilliard School under full scholarship. He later studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. David was a member of Alvin Ailey's second company, Ailey II, for three seasons. During that time, he performed the works of Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Troy Powell, Dwight Rhoden, and Jennifer Archibald. David has also performed in the 2015-2016 season at The Metropolitan Opera House. David is excited to share the stage with the amazingly talented artists of the L.A. Dance Project.

Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Aszure Barton, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She has spent the past four years dancing with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’sThe Radio Show. Rachelle is delighted to be a member of L.A. Dance Project.

Rachelle Rafailedes is a native Ohioan that began her formal dance training at an early age. She has since received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where she was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for excellence in leadership and dance. In her career thus far, Rachelle has been fortunate to perform work by renowned choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, and Aszure Barton, as well as guest perform with Keigwin + Company and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. She has spent the past four years dancing with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and is a Bessie Award winning collaborator for Mr. Abraham’sThe Radio Show. Rachelle is delighted to be a member of L.A. Dance Project.

Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012).  In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

Nathan B. Makolandra began dancing and choreographing in Greenville, South Carolina. He is a graduate from The Juilliard School under director Lawrence Rhodes. There he performed works by Alexander Ekman, Nacho Duato, Jerome Robbins, Bronsilava Nijinska, Eliot Feld, Sidra Bell, and Jose Limon. Nathan’s work appeared in Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert (2009-2012), and is a recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Award for choreography (2012).  In 2011 he placed 1st runner up for the Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence. He collaborated with composer Jared Miller, and choreographed Richard Walters’ music video, “American Stitches.” Nathan created “Attitude du Cage” with fellow L.A. Dance Project member, has choreography featured on So You Think You Can Dance, and is a Fresh Dance Intensive faculty member. Professionally Nathan has performed the works of Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Hiroaki Umeda, Emmanuel Gat, Danielle Agami, Julia Eichten, and Justin Peck in locations such as Los Angeles’ Union Station, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the Gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

Julia Eichten grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes. While attending Juilliard, she had the opportunity of performing a wide variety of work with world-renowned choreographers including, Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman and Benjamin Millepied. Upon graduation Julia received the Hector Zaraspe award in recognition of her choreography. She has also performed professionally with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia, has shown her work around New York City, at such places as; Le Poisson Rouge, Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as choreographic residency at The Yard, in Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. Last fall in collaboration with the experimental music group, Proxima Centura, she shared a choreographic debut with fellow company member, Nathan Makolandra. The company premiered, “Attitude du Cage,” as a part of a John Cage celebration, in Bordeaux, FR. The company has since performed excerpts of the piece in LA. As a founding member of L.A. Dance Project, she has had the pleasure to perform works by Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat and William Forsythe, around the world. Julia would like to thank her family and friends for their constant encouragement and love. Filled with excitement and curiosity, Julia is very pleased to continue on this exciting journey with L.A. Dance Project.

Julia Eichten grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes. While attending Juilliard, she had the opportunity of performing a wide variety of work with world-renowned choreographers including, Stijn Celis, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman and Benjamin Millepied. Upon graduation Julia received the Hector Zaraspe award in recognition of her choreography. She has also performed professionally with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia, has shown her work around New York City, at such places as; Le Poisson Rouge, Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as choreographic residency at The Yard, in Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. Last fall in collaboration with the experimental music group, Proxima Centura, she shared a choreographic debut with fellow company member, Nathan Makolandra. The company premiered, “Attitude du Cage,” as a part of a John Cage celebration, in Bordeaux, FR. The company has since performed excerpts of the piece in LA. As a founding member of L.A. Dance Project, she has had the pleasure to perform works by Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat and William Forsythe, around the world. Julia would like to thank her family and friends for their constant encouragement and love. Filled with excitement and curiosity, Julia is very pleased to continue on this exciting journey with L.A. Dance Project.

Robbie Moore is a 2014 Juilliard School graduate hailing from Houston, Texas. He has had the pleasure of dancing across the United States and Canada in works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. In 2010, Robbie worked alongside Peter Chu – founder of chuthis. – as he developed, This Thought.  That same year he was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the twenty Presidential Scholars in the Arts.  The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company commissioned Robbie to develop an original work, This Expression of Surprise, in 2012. He has recently performed with TOES for dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Opera Omaha.  In addition, Robbie works with world-renowned dynamic anatomist, Irene Dowd, with the objective to learn, model, archive, and teach her body of work.  Robbie joined L.A. Project in 2015.

Robbie Moore is a 2014 Juilliard School graduate hailing from Houston, Texas. He has had the pleasure of dancing across the United States and Canada in works by José Limón, Martha Graham, Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. In 2010, Robbie worked alongside Peter Chu – founder of chuthis. – as he developed, This Thought.  That same year he was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the twenty Presidential Scholars in the Arts.  The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company commissioned Robbie to develop an original work, This Expression of Surprise, in 2012. He has recently performed with TOES for dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Opera Omaha.  In addition, Robbie works with world-renowned dynamic anatomist, Irene Dowd, with the objective to learn, model, archive, and teach her body of work.  Robbie joined L.A. Project in 2015.

Morgan Lugo is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina where he began his dance training in clogging, through which he became a silver and gold medalists in the Junior Olympics. Later he began his formal training at North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at Purchase he had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio, and Paul Taylor. In 2011, during his final year at Purchase, Morgan made his professional debut with Morphoses under the direction of Lourdes Lopez and Artistic Director Luca Veggetti. Additionally, Morgan’s artistic expression extends beyond the stage into Photography. His most recent work as the photojournalist for LADP can be viewed on their website.

Morgan Lugo is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina where he began his dance training in clogging, through which he became a silver and gold medalists in the Junior Olympics. Later he began his formal training at North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at Purchase he had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio, and Paul Taylor. In 2011, during his final year at Purchase, Morgan made his professional debut with Morphoses under the direction of Lourdes Lopez and Artistic Director Luca Veggetti. Additionally, Morgan’s artistic expression extends beyond the stage into Photography. His most recent work as the photojournalist for LADP can be viewed on their website.

Lilja Rúriksdóttir left her native Iceland to attend the Juilliard School. In addition to performing works by choreographers such as Martha Graham, José Limon, Eliot Feld, Pam Tanowitz, Victor Quijada, Stephan Laks, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller and Alexander Ekman, she was awarded the Hector Zaraspe prize for choreography in 2013. Upon graduation she joined the Dash Ensemble in New York under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian and worked on various projects with Jonah Bokaer, Gallim Dance, Joanna MendlShaw, Bryan Arias, Janis Brenner and Cindy Salgado. In the fall of 2014, she received a generous grant from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to create new full-evening work for CPR, Brooklyn in collaboration with Chez Bushwick and Jonah Bokaer.

Lilja Rúriksdóttir left her native Iceland to attend the Juilliard School. In addition to performing works by choreographers such as Martha Graham, José Limon, Eliot Feld, Pam Tanowitz, Victor Quijada, Stephan Laks, Nacho Duato, Andrea Miller and Alexander Ekman, she was awarded the Hector Zaraspe prize for choreography in 2013. Upon graduation she joined the Dash Ensemble in New York under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian and worked on various projects with Jonah Bokaer, Gallim Dance, Joanna MendlShaw, Bryan Arias, Janis Brenner and Cindy Salgado. In the fall of 2014, she received a generous grant from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation to create new full-evening work for CPR, Brooklyn in collaboration with Chez Bushwick and Jonah Bokaer.