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CARLA KÖRBES L.A. DANCE PROJECT’S ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DANCER CHARLIE HODGES RETIRES

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED IDENTIFIES PRINCIPAL DANCER CARLA KÖRBES AS L.A. DANCE PROJECT’S ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND DANCER/REHEARSAL DIRECTOR, CHARLIE HODGES, RETIRES

LOS ANGELES, California – June 22, 2015 –

Carla Körbes

In keeping with L.A. Dance Project’s commitment to sustainable, top quality dance based in the City of Los Angeles, Founding Director Benjamin Millepied has identified Carla Körbes, superstar Principal Dancer from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, to join the L.A. Dance Project artistic team. Mr. Millepied described Carla as “a thoughtful and inspirational leader who brings out the best in those that she works with.” In addition to overseeing daily rehearsals, casting, and programing for the company, Ms. Körbes will report directly to Mr. Millepied and collaborate as part of L.A. Dance Project’s team in the development and planning of artistic projects. “Carla makes great decisions as an artist and staying connected with her while she is in the studio every day will allow me remain in sync with the dancers and the company,” said Millepied.

Ms. Körbes, who retires as a celebrated Principal Dancer following a 16 year career in dance, stepped away from full-time performing on June 7th at McCraw Hall in Seattle Washington. She begins working with L.A. Dance Project as Associate Artistic Director on June 22nd, at L.A. Dance Project’s studios in Downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Körbes said, “I have followed L.A. Dance Project since it launched in 2012 and am thrilled to begin this next chapter. It is an honor to be invited by Benjamin to be a part of this exciting organization, and I’m looking forward to working with the company’s amazing dancers.”

Charlie Hodges

L.A. Dance Project also celebrates the career and incredible contributions of its premiere dancer and Rehearsal Director, Charlie Hodges. Charlie will retire from the company after his final performance at Jacob’s Pillow on August 22nd. Charlie is one of the company’s original dancers and has doubled as Rehearsal Director from the beginning. Mr. Hodges’ diverse career, spanning nearly 20 years, started in ballet and included substantial time working closely with Twyla Tharp, performing in Broadway’s Movin’ Out and helping create and perform in her shows The Times They Are A-Changing and Come Fly Away. An intelligent dancer and gifted designer, Mr. Hodges is leaving L.A. Dance Project to pursue a degree at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Mr. Millepied said of Charlie, “He is the heart of this company and a true compass to the dancers, a virtuosic dancer responsible for creating many of our most exhilarating moments on stage. His artistry and leadership will be sorely missed.”

Carla Körbes

Ms. Körbes was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and began her ballet training at age five with local teachers. At age eleven, she began studying at Ballet Vera Bublitz. In 1996, Peter Boal danced with her as a guest artist of the school and encouraged her to come to New York to study at the School of American Ballet. For academic year 1997–1998, her tuition was paid by Alexandra Danilova so she could continue studying at the School of American Ballet. In 1999, she was the Mae. L. Wien Award recipient and was made an apprentice with New York City Ballet. She joined the company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000 and was the Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2001–2002. She was promoted to soloist in 2005 and later that year joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a soloist. Ms. Körbes was promoted to principal dancer in 2006.

In 2002, Ms. Körbes performed Richard Tanner’s Ancient Airs and Dances for the nationally televised PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast, “New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography.” In addition to her performances with New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ms. Körbes has performed with Peter Boal and Company. In 2007, she performed in the worldwide company debut performance of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. She has also performed as a guest artist on the Vail International Dance Festival’s “International Evenings of Dance” galas and at the “Dance Open” Gala in St. Petersburg, Russia in April 2010.

Charlie Hodges

Charlie graduated Valedictorian from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts where he earned the Arnold C. Taylor Award for Artistic and Academic Excellence. He spent four years dancing soloist and principal roles with the Sacramento Ballet, performing works by Ron Cunningham, Balanchine and deMille. Prior to joining L.A. Dance Project, Charlie spent ten years working for and alongside Twyla Tharp. Dancing in her touring company, he was nominated the Best Male Dancer of 2003 by the European Critic’s Choice Awards. In 2006, he made his Broadway Debut in the Tharp/Joel musical Movin’ Out. He assisted in the creation of, and performed in, Tharp’s subsequent Broadway musical The Times They Are A-Changin’. And in 2010, he won the Fred Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer on Broadway for the creation of his role, Marty, in the Sinatra musical Come Fly Away. He has had the thrill of staging works of both Tharp and Millepied on companies in France and Australia as well as in New York, Seattle, Michigan and California. He has guested with Lar Lubovitch, Los Angeles Dance Company, Westside Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Charlie earned a High Honors Undergraduate Degree from the University of Washington where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, gaining admittance to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Lambda. As a Mary Gate’s Research Scholar, he developed a University curriculum that exploits how a dancer’s brain is their most valuable tool. He deferred from pursuing a Master’s Degree for Industrial Design at Pratt University in order to kickstart LADP, a project in which he has been thrilled to participate. And, he has spent the two years prior to joining LADP working with ODA, an architecture firm in SoHo, Manhattan that specializes in mid-century modern renovations. He dances for his family; John, Brenda, Boone, and most importantly his mother, Cathy.

L.A. Dance Project dances its way back to The Theatre At Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles this Fall

Benjamin Millepied’s World Acclaimed Company Returns with 3 Brand New Performances Including a Preview of a New Work by Benjamin Millepied and a U.S. Premiere by Celebrated Choreographer Emanuel Gat

LOS ANGELES

(August 13, 2014) – Building on the excitement of L.A. Dance Project’s performances in February and a successful world tour, the company returns to its
home of choice, the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, with a three day residency, Friday, October 24ththrough Sunday, October 26th.
Tickets go on sale on August 25, visit ladanceproject.com to purchase.

L.A. Dance Project is thrilled to present an entirely new program from its repertoire. The innovative program includes three works; a new work by Benjamin Millepied, the U.S, premiere of Emmanuel Gat’s Morgan’s Last Chug,and William Forsythe’s Quintett (originally presented for L.A. Dance Project’s 2012 Music Center debut).

Following the success of Benjamin Millepied’s latest work for the Paris Opera Ballet,Daphnis et Chloé, his new creation for L.A. Dance Project is a work for eight dancers with music by Philip Glass and costumes designed by Janie Taylor. Millepied says, “Philip Glass is a composer whose work I am inspired to explore again after several years, and these dancers are particularly suited for the fluidity and energy inherent in Glass’ music.”

Morgan’s Last Chug, by Emanuel Gat, is a multifaceted look at the experience of passing time through both movement and sound created by the choreographer. Commissioned by L.A. Dance Project,Morgan’s Last Chugwas developed during the summer of 2013 in Los Angeles and is different from any of Gat’s previous works, distinctly influenced by his extended time in Los Angeles.

In addition to L.A. Dance Project creating over 5 new dances within its first two years, the company’s mission is to revive important collaborations from influential dance makers such as William Forsythe, who has worked closely with the company. As a result his Quintett,with music by Gavin Bryars and costumes by Stephen Galloway, has become a showcase for L.A. Dance Project. Quintett brilliantly evokes and develops Bryars’ themes of loss, hope, fear and joy. The dancers set into motion a seamless flow of duets, solos and trios in counterpoint to the heartbeat of the music.

“L.A. Dance Project has a strong commitment to Downtown Los Angeles and we were ecstatic that our initial residency at the Theatre at Ace Hotel succeeded in bringing out a large diverse, young and new audience, which was a major goal for us,” said Millepied. “We were gratified by the response and are extremely excited to include a preview of my new work along with a U.S. premiere on the fall program in order to keep our L.A. audiences on their toes as we are growing our company out of Downtown Los Angeles. We prioritize high artistic quality and accessibility so that our L.A. audiences can grow along with us.”

Tickets for the performances will go on sale August 25. L.A. Dance Project will offer a total of 2,000 tickets at only $25 for all three performances to provide extraordinary dance to the largest possible audience in Southern California. Group Ticket Rates will also be available for Sunday’s matinee performance. For purchase information and details, please visit www.ladanceproject.com.

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About L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with founding producer Charles Fabius, composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell and art consultant Matthieu Humery. L.A. Dance Project promotes new collaborative work by emerging and established artists and revisits influential multidisciplinary dance collaborations from the past. Based in Downtown Los Angeles inside the Los Angeles Theatre Center, the company creates innovative platforms for contemporary dance and expands the experience of dance and dance education to audiences of all ages. L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural performance, commissioned by The Music Center and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, was held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 22, 2012. Since then the company has maintained a steady schedule of performances both in the United States and internationally. From the end of 2012 through 2013, L.A. Dance Project appeared at: University of California Davis’ Mondavi Center; Alexander Kasser Hall at Montclair State University, New Jersey; White Bird Dance in Portland, Oregon;and the Westobou Festival in Augusta, Georgia. In 2013, L.A. Dance Project also performed at international venues including: Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; Art Basel; The Holland Festival, Amsterdam; The Spoleto Festival; The Edinburgh International Festival; La Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France; and Is Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey. L.A. Dance Project collaborated with The Industry on the much-acclaimed world premiere of the site specific opera Invisible Cities at Union Station. In 2014, in addition to its Los Angeles performances, L.A. Dance Project performs in New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Paris, the Dance Biennial in Lyon and the Golden Mask Festival Moscow. The company is also touring major cities in China, Japan and Korea. L.A. Dance Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Pentacle, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. www.ladanceproject.com.

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INAUGURAL BENEFIT GALA ANNOUNCED FOR BENJAMIN MILLEPIED’S L.A. DANCE PROJECT

Honorary Gala Chair Natalie Portman

Gala Co-Chairs Catharine Soros & Sutton Stracke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2013

Los Angeles—Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project is pleased to announce its inaugural benefit gala, taking place on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Natalie Portman is the Honorary Chair of the Gala, with Catharine Soros and Sutton Stracke as Gala Co-Chairs.

The evening will include cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and feature a performance by the L.A. Dance Project. The Gala will take place at the home of Christian and Sutton Stracke. Benjamin Millepied says, “I am thrilled by the positive response to L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles and abroad. I want to thank the Gala co-chairs and committee members for bringing together, what will be, a truly remarkable event! I look forward to sharing the success of LADP with our collaborators and supporters.”

L.A. Dance Project Benefit Gala Committee: Darren Aronofsky, Brian Atwood, Maria Bell, Mark Bradford, Kimberly Brooks, China Chow, Anne Crawford, Mary Alice Haney, Jeannie Joseph, Pamela Joyner, Rose McGowan, Karyn Lovegrove, Michael & Jamie Lynton, Mike & Irena Medavoy, Kate & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Sally & Michel Perrin, Cameron Silver, Dita Von Teese, and Jessica Robin Trent.

Tables at L.A. Dance Project’s Benefit Gala are priced at $25,000 and $10,000 (limited quantity). Individual tickets are priced at $2,500 and 1,000 (limited quantity). Further information is available at www.ladanceproject.com/gala2013. To reserve a table or purchase tickets, please contact Sarah Lakey at the L.A. Dance Project events office at 213-290-3144 or email events@ladanceproject.com. Reservations are due by June 14, 2013.

The benefit auction curated by Marina T. Schindler will be hosted online by Paddle 8 www.paddle8.com/auctions/ladp beginning June 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. PST and ending June 20, 2013 at 10 p.m. PST. There will also be a live auction at the event. Drinks will be provided by Grey Goose and Perrier.

About L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, and film producer Dimitri Chamblas.

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 various modular performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with various artists: visual artists, musicians, designers, directors and composers. L.A. Dance Project promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for contemporary dance.

L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural performance, commissioned by The Music Center, was held at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 22, 2012. The company’s most recent premiere of the new work Reflections by Benjamin Millepied successfully premiered in Paris to rave reviews at Theatre du Chatelet on April 23, 2013. In addition to the time it spends at its home base in Los Angeles, L.A. Dance Project will continue to tour in Instanbul, at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, La Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. L.A. Dance Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Pentacle, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. www.ladanceproject.com

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Millepied Continues L.A. Dance Project

​L.A. Dance Project proudly congratulates its Founding Director Benjamin Millepied on his appointment as the next Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, beginning September 2014. In light of this prestigious nomination, Mr. Millepied has re-iterated his continued and unwavering support of, and commitment to, L.A. Dance Project – both now and in the future. Mr. Millepied founded L.A. Dance Project in 2012 as a unique Curatorial Collective together with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius and film producer Dimitri Chamblas.

L.A. Dance Project has its offices and studios at the Los Angeles Theatre Centre in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, and the company’s staff and dancers reside in L.A. Mr. Millepied has made clear that L.A. Dance Project was never intended to be his own dance company, and as such it will continue as a platform for dance at large including theater work, site-specific installations, and video created by artists from diverse disciplines. Firmly rooted in Los Angeles, California, L.A. Dance Project will continue its mission to commission and produce new work while at the same time reviving seminal collaborations from the past.

In 2013, L.A. Dance Project will present new commissions by choreographers Justin Peck and Emanuel Gat, composers David Lang and Bryce Dessner, and artist Barbara Kruger, among others. L.A. Dance Project will also present site-specific collaborations with The Industry in Los Angeles and The Creator’s Project in London. Over the course of the year, in addition to the time it spends at its home base in Los Angeles, L.A. Dance Project will debut at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Italy, La Maison de la Danse in Lyon, France, Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and more to be announced. Plans for 2014 include, in addition to time spent in Los Angeles, invitations to perform in Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Australia.

After his personal move to Paris in September 2014, Millepied will remain committed to L.A. Dance Project as its Founding Director and artistic advisor. Until then, L.A. Dance Project and Mr. Millepied will seek to expand the company’s Curatorial Collective and to further establish a dynamic artistic organization, which found its ultimate inspiration in the city of Los Angeles.

Benjamin Millepied and Van Cleef & Arpels Celebrate Precious Stones

Almost 50 years after the first performance of Jewels, George Balanchine’s ballet inspired by the creations of Van Cleef & Arpels, the Maison is again taking part in an exceptional collaboration in the field of dance via a long-term partnership with L.A Dance Project, the collective founded by Benjamin Millepied. From May 23 to 25, 2013, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the French dancer and choreographer will be presenting Reflections, a new work born out of his encounter with the High Jewelry Maison. Just as George Balanchine had been dazzled by precious stones and their colors, Benjamin Millepied found himself captivated by the sparkle of gems. Their play of light, myriad facets and glittering edges have now inspired a new dynamic of the human form. Accompanied by a score composed specially by David Lang, this original work pays homage to the hypnotic reflections of precious stones. It will be presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet in May, with set and costumes designed by the American artist Barbara Kruger. The first part of a trilogy entitled Gems, Reflections is one of the high points of this collaboration with the L.A Dance project, which began in 2012. In September, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated the inaugural performance of L.A Dance Project at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

L.A. Dance Project Founded by Benjamin Millepied

For Immediate Release Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center L.A. DANCE PROJECT Founded by Benjamin Millepied Premiere Performances September 22 and 23, 2012 at Walt Disney Concert Hall to start 2012-2013 10th Anniversary season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center November 16, 2011 - Los Angeles Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center announces its commission of the inaugural full-length program by L.A. Dance Project (LADP), founded by acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied. The LADP commission will have its premiere performances September 22 and 23, 2012 at Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center, which will kick-off the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center’s 2012-2013 10th Anniversary season.

Different than a dance company, Millepied is founding L.A. Dance Project as an Art Collective with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. The company will be auditioning for dancers in Los Angeles to work on this project. It is the Collective’s goal to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from the past. Programs will include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. LADP hopes to establish a new working model and to reach out to new audiences. In addition, two recent works by Millepied, “Les Sylphides” and “Spectre de la Rose” will receive their North American premieres this April with Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève as part of the current Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center season.

Renae Williams Niles, Director of Programming for the Music Center, says, “We are extremely honored to be able to further our commitment to supporting new exploration with esteemed artists by working with Benjamin on his first Los Angeles based project. He has established himself as one of the world’s most commissioned choreographers and for him to make a commitment of creating new work right here bringing together local and internationally renowned artists was worthy of support. For the Music Center to play this significant national and international role allows us to achieve our goals of leadership in a phenomenally influential way.”

Born in Bordeaux France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother Catherine, a former modern dancer. From age thirteen to sixteen, he attended the Conservatoire National de Lyon. In the summer of 1992, Millepied made his first appearance in New York City, for a summer program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. The following year, he became a full-time student at the school, having received the “Bourse Lavoisier,” a scholarship award from the French Ministry of Culture. In the 1994 at the School of American Ballet Spring Workshop, Millepied originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins’ “2 & 3 Part Inventions” set to music by J.S Bach. That same year, he was awarded the “Prix de Lausanne.” In his last year at SAB, Millepied received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and was invited to become a member of New York City Ballet. In the spring of 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer. In addition to dancing, Millepied has also choreographed ballets for numerous companies around the world, including three works for NYCB - “Quasi Una Fantasia” (2009), “Why am I not where you are?” (2010), and “Plainspoken” (2010). For NYCB’s 2012 Spring Season, Millepied will create a world premiere ballet to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly, a frequent collaborator, which will premiere at the Company’s Spring Gala performance on May 10, 2012. During his career at NYCB, Millepied has originated roles in ballets choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Helgi Tomasson, Mauro Bigonzetti, Boris Eifman, and Angelin Preljocaj, among others. He has also danced featured roles in numerous ballets including Balanchine’s “Agon,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”(Oberon), “Rubies” from “Jewels,” and “Symphony in C,” Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering,” “Dybbuk,” “Fancy Free,” and “West Side Story Suite” and Martins’ “Fearful Symmetries,” “Jeu de Cartes,” and “Swan Lake.” In addition to the three ballets created for NYCB, Millepied has also choreographed works for American Ballet Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Danses Concertantes, The Mariinsky, Het Nationale Ballet, Grande Theatre de Geneve, and Ballet de Genève, among others. He has also collaborated with a range of composers including Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Lang, Daniel Ott, and Thierry Escaich, as well as designers such as Rodarte, Paul Cox, Marc Jacobs and Santiago Calatrava. In addition, in 2010, Millepied choreographed and appeared in Darren Aronofsky’s feature film “Black Swan.” Millepied also directed the Morriss Center Dance Workshop in Bridgehampton, New York in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 to 2007, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and in 2007 he received the United States Artists Wynn Fellowship. In 2010, he was made Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Millepied recently retired from New York City Ballet to concentrate on his choreography. In 2010 Millepied directed his first short film with actress Lea Seydoux and score by Angelo Badalamenti. Recently, he directed 5 short films set to Philip Glass new violin partitas. He is currently working on a new film in collaboration with Lil Buck for the online network DanceOn. Millepied is currently the face of Yves Saint Laurent’s new fragrance “l’homme libre

About The Music Center

As one of the top performing arts centers in the world, the Music Center is committed to strengthening community through the arts. Set in the heart of Los Angeles’ downtown cultural district and home to four internationally renowned resident companies—LA Phil, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale—and the celebrated Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, the Music Center offers the most compelling, highest quality engagements. In its effort to extend the reach and accessibility of the performing arts, the Music Center is a national model for experiences in which people participate directly through its Active Arts® at the Music Center. As well, the Music Center presents special productions, events and festivals for children and families, including World City at the Music Center, and plays a leadership role in advocating for and directly providing arts education in schools throughout the County. The Music Center boasts four venues—the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall—as well as a vibrant collection of outdoor theatres, plazas and gardens. For more information, please visit musiccenter.org.