“No hope.” Those were the two simple, damning words said to the Los Angeles Times by George Balanchine in 1973 when he was asked if there was any hope for ballet to succeed in Los Angeles.

Now, hope.

Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project has thrown down the slipper in declaring the city’s standing in the ballet world. Through four exquisite pieces, Millepied and his troupe wowed audiences at the Ace Hotel during a two-night run on Friday and Saturday.

Hollywood Reporter, 2016