LADP begins 'Guest Curator Project' with Hans Ulrich Obrist


Hans Ulrich Obrist is an art curator, critic, and historian of art. In addition to being the Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London, the author of The Interview Project, Co-Editor of the Cashiers d'art revue, and a core member of LUMA Arles - he is LADP's first contributor in our new Guest Curator Project.

As a platform for engaged conversation surrounding art-making, inspiration, and process - LADP's social media will be transformed by a collection of artists and collaborators from around the world.  Using LADP as the conduit for expression, we are interested in a global perspective that connects dance with other art forms, technology, and forward-thinking ideas.

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We're back.

L.A. Dance Project returns to Los Angeles for a weekend of performances and outreach activities at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  As the first Company-In-Residence, LADP will be presenting work this fall as well as in the spring of 2018.

This program this weekend will feature 3 works choreographed by Artistic Director, Benjamin Millepied and the US Premiere of Second Quartet, choreographed by Noé Soulier.

For more information and for tickets click HERE.

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Millepied is Challenging the Old Guard...

Benjamin Millepied is Challenging the Old Guard to Modernize Ballet, a brief interview with Takeaway Producer Alexandra Botti on the premiere of I Feel The Earth Move at ABT and what it means to create new work in a time of uncertainty. 

"It does change this idea of ballet as behind this red curtain."

Hear the interview HERE.

From PRI and WNYC

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I Feel The Earth Move - WORLD PREMIERE

American Ballet Theater is entering the realm of pop-up dance. As part of the company’s fall run at the David H. Koch Theater, the choreographer Benjamin Millepied will present not one, but two premieres.

Along with “I Feel the Earth Move,” set to music by Philip Glass and debuting Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the usual place — the theater’s proscenium stage — he will also present “Counterpoint for Philip Johnson.” Performed during intermission on select programs, the dance was created in homage to Philip Johnson, the architect of the building, which opened in 1964. (New York Times)

See the full New York Times article HERE.

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In The Studio: Benjamin Millepied | DANCE Magazine

In The Studio: Benjamin Millepied On What Young Dancers Need From The Ballet World

From DANCE Magazine...

"This week American Ballet Theatre launches its fall season at Lincoln Center with an exciting lineup of performances. One last-minute addition to the program is a new work from Benjamin Millepied, which will be performed by ABT Studio Company and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School dancers in the theater's promenade during select intermissions. Although the specifics of the performance are hush hush, we stepped into the studio with Millepied for an inside look."

See the full article HERE.

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LADP in Singapore

LADP performs at one of the busiest arts centres in the world, the Esplanade in Singapore. October 24 + 25, 2017.

The evening begins with a tribute to the American icon of modern dance, Martha Graham, in three rarely seen duets - White, Star and Moon – which draw from her 1957 film A Dancer’s World. The first duet is inspired by the “White Duet” from Diversion of Angels, a Graham classic that is still performed around the world. The second and third duet are the only recorded sections of Canticle for Innocent Comedians, a Graham work created in 1952 and considered to be lost. 

Upping the pace is Murder Ballades by Justin Peck, resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet, a vivacious work “loosely inspired by the tradition of American murder ballads, which infuses its athletic, often cheery movement with a sinister undercurrent”, according to The New York Times. 

Two works by Millepied, both set to music by Philip Glass, will display his complex craftsmanship at its best. The first is Closer. an exquisite duet of crystalline beauty and delicacy set to Glass’s rhapsodic piano score Mad Rush

The second piece is Hearts & Arrows, commissioned by Van Cleef & Arpels (a long-standing supporter of Millepied) and set to Glass’s sublime String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima). In a “propulsive, kinetic stream of movement”, eight dancers “move through asymmetrical and contrapuntal patterns, surging in and out of groups, separating into solos and pairs. Tiny narratives, emotion, histories, memories are evoked in the way the dancers coalesce and part, the surprise of formations and their dissolution.” (The New York Times)

Janie Taylor in Dance Magazine

LADP's Janie Taylor featured on the November 2017 DANCE Magazine cover.  

"She is wildly interesting to watch—and not conventional," says LADP artistic director Benjamin Millepied. "There are films of Suzanne Farrell dancing, where you feel like the music is coming out of her body," he says. "I think Janie has that same kind of quality."

You can read the full article online HERE.