L.A. Dance Project, the hotshot dance collective founded by Paris Opera Ballet director and former New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied, makes its Philadelphia headline debut at Annenberg Center Live, January 12 at 8 PM and January 13 at 2 PM. Called “attractive, impressive, versatile” by The New York Times, L.A. Dance Project has already turned heads with its fresh vision of contemporary dance and eclectic repertory. Tickets are available at AnnenbergCenter.org or 215.898.3900.
The pieces on the L.A. Dance Project program are all Philadelphia premieres:
• Murder Ballades by Justin Peck, with an original score by Bryce Dessner, is an exuberant work inspired by
American folk songs of the 1930s and ‘40s. Athletic, playful, and slightly sinister, Murder Ballades is at once a celebration of life and a cautionary tale told through Peck’s buoyant choreography
• Sarabande by Benjamin Millepied is set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. In this ballet for four male dancers, Millepied’s lyricism and penchant for a fluid movement quality breathe dimension into these solos for flute and violin.
• Yag by Ohad Naharin. Hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin’s work is imbued with his own innovative movement language called “Gaga.” Gaga employs dancers’ capacity for physical hyper-awareness to experiment with various concepts of gesture, friction, release, tension, timing, gravity, and connectivity. The relationships between the six dancers on stage in Yag are gradually revealed by the work’s deft storytelling through dance, speech and visual symbolism.
The L.A. Dance Project (LAPD) is a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles. Comprised of an internationally acclaimed dance company, a brand new performance space in Los Angeles’ burgeoning Arts District and a program of media initiatives, LAPD promotes dance not only as an artistic practice but as a way of being in the world. LADP seeks to foster dance-centered artistic collaborations across all disciplines, cultures and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe.
Benjamin Millepied (Artistic Director, Choreographer) Millepied is a French dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. He was a principal with the New York City Ballet where he danced from 1995 to 2011. Millepied’s many ballets are in the repertory of major dance companies around the world. His collaborators include composers Nico Muhly, Nicholas Britell, David Lang, Bryce Dessner; artists Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Mark Bradford, Daniel Buren, Liam Gillick,
United Visual Artists; and designers Rodarte, Iris Van Herpen and Alessandro Sartori. In 2010, Millepied choreographed and starred in the award-winning film Black Swan. Two years later, he founded L.A. Dance Project. In 2014, he was appointed Director of Dance at Paris Opera Ballet. For the two seasons he programmed at Paris Opera Ballet, he commissioned new works by William Forsythe, Justin Peck, Jerome Bel, Wayne McGregor, Crystal Pite, Tino Seghal, Nico Muhly and James Blake. In 2016, Millepied resigned from that position in order to focus his energy on making L.A. Dance Project the organization he envisions for dance today.
L.A. Dance Project
Friday, January 12 @ 8 PM
Saturday, January 13 @ 2 PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Dancers: Aaron Carr, David Adrian Freeland Jr., Kaitlyn Gilliland, Axel Ibot, Nathan Makolandra, Francisco Mungamba, Rachelle Rafailedes, Janie Taylor, Patricia Zhou
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