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The Paris Opera Ballet opts for silence in the face of the resignation of Benjamin Millepied

Emphasis is also placed on the visual arts, with in particular a new work by the performer Tino Sehgal which takes over the public spaces of the Palais Garnier. A piece by Mr. Millepied involves a collaboration with French multimedia artist Philippe Parreno, and “Bolero”, by Mr. Cherkaoui and Mr. Jalet, returns to the repertoire, […]

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Benjamin Millepied confides in his departure from the Paris Opera Ballet

Raphaëlle Delaunay, a mixed-race dancer who attended the Paris Opera School of Dance and danced with the company from 1992 to 1997, said Mr Millepied was right to raise the issue. “I never wanted to add to the controversy over the lack of diversity in our institutions,” she wrote in an email, saying she had […]

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Review: ‘La Nuit S’Achève’ by Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Cries of “Thank you! and “Bravo!” broke out from the audience on Friday evening when Benjamin Millepied greeted the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet after a performance at the Palais Garnier. It was a highly guarded moment: a day earlier the opera had announced that Mr Millepied would leave as dance director […]

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Benjamin Millepied and the Paris Opera Ballet: one step too far | Ballet

Benjamin Millepied’s decision to leave his post as director of the Paris Opera Ballet was shockingly abrupt, not only because he has only been in the position for a little over a year, but because so much was promised by his appointment. Millepied arrives in Paris with big plans to revitalize the company’s repertoire. As […]

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Benjamin Millepied resigns as Paris Opera’s dance director and returns to Southern California

In a surprise reshuffle at one of the world’s most revered dance institutions, Benjamin Millepied said on Thursday he would step down as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet after just over a a year, citing personal reasons and his desire. devote himself entirely to artistic creation. The loss of France will be […]

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Why Benjamin Millepied leaves the Paris Opera: “He tried to do too much”

In just over a year as director, Benjamin Millepied has shaken up the Paris Opera Ballet, in a way for the better. He brought Pilates and Gyrotonic classes to help reduce injuries. He featured dancers from the corps de ballet in his new works (even if that meant discarding the stars). With his Oscar-winning wife, […]

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Benjamin Millepied leaves the Paris Opera Ballet

LONDON — Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer and former New York City Ballet dancer who brought an aura of glamor and intense media exposure to the 335-year-old Paris Opera Ballet as director of dance, has said Thursday that he was stepping down after just over a year in the job. Mr Millepied, born in France, who […]

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Benjamin Millepied resigns from the Paris Opera Ballet | Benjamin Millepied

Star choreographer Benjamin Millepied has announced his resignation from the Paris Opera Ballet, just over a year after arriving with the promise of radically disrupting one of the world’s oldest and greatest dance companies. In a reportMillepied said he was leaving “solely for personal reasons” and to take more time to devote himself “100% to […]

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Aurélie Dupont is appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet

The Paris Opera Ballet made a quick return to French-speaking tradition on Tuesday with the appointment of a new director: Aurelie Duponta star ballerina who retired in 2015 after nearly 32 years with the company and her school. Her nomination makes her one of the few women to lead a world-class ballet company, and it […]

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The last curtain at the Paris Opera Ballet for the choreographer Black Swan

Benjamin Millepied rose to international stardom with the 2010 ballet drama Black Swan before taking the reins of the Paris Opera Ballet four years later. But now the French choreographer has announced that he will take his final curtain as the company’s dance director in July. The news came a day before the world premiere […]

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Wheeldon/McGregor/Bausch, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — review

Music has been at the heart of Benjamin Millepied’s vision since he took over the Paris Opera Ballet, and it is starting to bear fruit. This mixed Christmas project was conceived as a tribute to Pierre Boulez, who turned 90 this year, and the French composer is joined on the program by György Ligeti and […]

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Review: The Paris Opera Ballet, under new management

PARIS — The new triple program of ballets at the Paris Opera — named after its choreographic authors, “Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Pina Bausch” — requires three completely different styles from its dancers. Yet the company’s dance in each of them is an immense pleasure: a three-dimensional texture, a lively dynamic and, most appreciable of […]

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A Chinese dancer breaks down cultural barriers at the Paris Opera Ballet

HONG KONG — When it opened its season late last month, the Paris Opera Ballet included the first Chinese dancer to be hired in its 346-year history. Lam Chun-wing, 19, from a working-class Hong Kong suburb, is an unlikely addition to the world’s oldest ballet company, a state institution steeped in French tradition. He has […]

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Benjamin Millepied on One year at the Paris Opera Ballet and the company’s new film project

Photo: Amy Graves/WireImage When it was announced in early 2013 that Benjamin Millepied would take over the Paris Opera Ballet from longtime director Brigitte Lefevre, something like a seismic wave hit the ballet world: Millepied was an accomplished choreographer, a former director of the New York City Ballet, and had founded a small troupe, the […]

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Reviews: Works by Rebecca Davis and Milka Djordjevich, and Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

MASS Until Saturday at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea; 212-255-5793, lacuisine.org Choreographer Milka Djordjevich and composer Chris Peck share the poster for “MASS”, which started Thursday at the Kitchen. Their respective materials — body, sound — merge exquisitely in this hour-long song-dance (song-dance?) for three women on and around an imposing rectangular pedestal. […]

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Swan Lake, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Opéra Bastille, Paris — the review

The Paris Opera Ballet is in transition. When Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake was last seen in 2011, the injury-ridden race and exhausted corps de ballet seemed to signal that the company was losing speed and faith in the classical repertoire. Four years later, under Benjamin Millepied, the lake looks much happier, with new […]

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Paul/Rigal/ Millepied/Lock, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris — review

With opera seasons set years in advance, incoming directors are often faced with the daunting task of championing programs they did not participate in for selection. Benjamin Millepied has held this position at the Paris Opera Ballet since November. The company’s latest mixed poster brings together three commissions from former director Brigitte Lefèvre, and somberly […]

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Astana Opera Ballet well received in Italy

ASTANA – The ballet dancers of the Astana Opera received praise from the public and Italian dance leaders after performing “Spartacus” on January 21 in Genoa in front of 2,500 spectators. Opera ballet dancers from Astana to Genoa “Today we really enjoyed the splendor of dance presented by the ballet troupe of the Astana Opera. […]

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See the members of the Paris Opera Ballet dance on the rooftops of Paris

Media Platforms Design Team Prepare for dream overload as Benjamin Millepied (director of the Paris Opera Ballet and husband of Natalie Portman) creates the ultimate Parisian fantasy for Nowness – a perfect pas de deux running across the city’s rooftops. The project presents dancers Léonore Baulac and Alistair Madin at the Palais Garnier, headquarters of […]

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‘La Source’ by Jean-Guillaume Bart, from the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — A beautiful water fairy falls in love with a mortal, but this love leads her to death. Spirits watch humans mess around, sometimes intervening to benevolent effect. A magic flower makes people fall in love. Two women, one earthly and one spiritual, are potential companions for the mortal hero. Although aspects of these […]

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A proudly unsentimental Nutcracker at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — “The Nutcracker” isn’t a mandatory Christmas fare at the Paris Opera Ballet; it hasn’t been played here for five years. But this year, the staging of Rudolf Nureyev’s ballet is in full swing at the Opéra Bastille, although neither the decor nor the ballet are particularly festive. The Bastille theater is huge, cold […]

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The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon presents Forsythe’s works at a festival

Mr. Forsythe disregards many conventions of ballet. The movement can be initiated from any part of the body, as it bends, bends and curves; the range of motion is both extremely extensive and detailed to the small point. At the start of the ballet, three dancers perform one of its most basic steps: a tendu, […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet presents the latest works by William Forsythe at the Théâtre de la Ville

M. Millepied’s “Sarabande” is a very different work, but it also communicates something of the dancer’s experience. Four men (Tadayoshi Kokeguchi, Alexis Bourbeau, Adrien Delépine, Mathieu Rouvière — all terrific) move on to the Allemande and Sarabande from the Partita in A minor for flute, and to excerpts from the Sonatas and Partitas for solo […]

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Benjamin Millepied takes over at the Paris Opera Ballet

Although it’s only been three years since he retired as Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet, Mr. Millepied has been a force of nature in the dance world for quite some time. Handsome, with dark hair, blue eyes and, quite often, a shadow of a beard, he is also articulate, focused and persuasive, with […]

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The great tour of Natalia Vodianova at the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris with the new director Benjamin Millepied

When Napoleon III commissioned Baron Haussmann to replace the winding streets of his country’s capital with arteries of wide, stately avenues, the centerpiece of the project – and its most expensive building – was to be the Paris Opera. Occupying more than 120,000 square feet and twelve floors (including five underground), this temple of opera […]

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The return of the Paris Opera Ballet to Montreal lasted 13 years

Paquita had its premiere in 1846. Opéra de Paris – Paquita Download original Ballet de l’Opéra national de paris Photos: Christophe PeléChristophe Pele When the Paris Opera Ballet takes to the stage at Montreal’s Place des Arts on Thursday, it will be a momentous occasion. The last (and only) time the legendary company appeared in […]

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Lander/Forsythe, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier, Paris – review

It’s a familiar ritual at the Paris Opera Ballet. Each year, for the opening of the season, company and school parade on the stage of the Palais Garnier from the Foyer de la Danse, nestled just behind; like Berlioz Trojan March soldiers, partisan cheers greet favorite soloists and appropriately diademed stars. As director Brigitte Lefèvre […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet dances a work by Christian Rizzo

Christian Rizzo last presented his choreography in New York in 2010, and the afterimage of this ravishing experience, at least for me, remains firmly etched. In “bc, january 1545, fontainebleau”, Mr. Rizzo has created an austere black and white landscape in which a series of repetitive angular positions are transformed into a hypnotic movement meditation […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet has an American touch

When the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon invited New York choreographer Ralph Lemon to create a new work, Mr. Lemon made a bold request: two months with the company to rehearse and experiment. To his surprise, Lyon’s artistic director Yorgos Loukos said yes, granting Mr. Lemon time with the dancers that was rare and, he […]

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The head of the Paris Opera Ballet hails Japan’s “challenge”

Thanks to Louis XIV’s love of dance, French is the language of ballet and Paris has remained the center of the art for over 300 years since the Sun King’s splendid 72-year reign ended with his death in 1715. Yet for a company so richly steeped in history, the Paris Opera Ballet has earned a […]

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The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon offers a premiere by Rachid Ouramdane

The works by Maliphant and Marin on the program have long been part of the Lyon repertoire, and this can be seen in the ease and confidence of the dancers in their interpretation. Both are technically demanding. M. Maliphant’s ‘Critical Mass’, a male duet, was created in 1998, and is a manifestation of his interest […]

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Cullberg/de Mille, Paris Opera Ballet, Opéra Garnier, Paris – review

Much ink has been devoted recently to the lack of female choreographers in the world of ballet, but this gender imbalance is also reflected in the retention of past repertoire. The small club of women who made a name for themselves as creators of classical dance in the 20th century were often pioneers, from Ninette […]

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Sleeping Beauty/The Park, Paris Opera Ballet – review

This year marked the tercentenary of the Paris Opera School of Dance, and while celebrations of French style wrapped up last season, POB’s December programs both explore the company’s aristocratic past – although from very different angles. The Christmas special at the Opéra Bastille is The Sleeping Beauty. After a decade spent in mothballs, Aurore […]

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The Lyon Opera Ballet presents “Limb’s Theorem”

The fragmentation of our vision, the events continually on the periphery of the stage, the simultaneous proliferation where to first watch pas de deux, solos and small groups, is at first bewildering, then thrilling. Just like in life, there is too much going on; the eye must organize itself, choices must be made, something will […]

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Dance review: 3e Etage – the soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet shine at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

8-1-13-3rd-floor.JPG Laura Hecquet and Takeru Coste from the 3rd Floor: soloists of the Paris Opera Ballet. (Karli Cadel, courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival) BECKET – No special effects, no stunt doubles, no backgrounds, almost no dialogue and sometimes no music. That’s all some great dance shows need to thrill an audience. This is what […]

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Marina Abramovic, With ‘Boléro’ at the Paris Opera Ballet

“Let me teach you a lesson later,” Ms Abramovic said. “I’ll show you how to bleed properly.” After Romaeuropa, they continued to meet whenever the occasion and performance times permitted. When Brigitte Lefèvre, director of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, asked Mr. Cherkaoui, a highly sought-after contemporary dance choreographer, to create a piece for […]

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Benjamin Millepied: the choreographer of “Black Swan” appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet

John Shearer/Getty Pictures Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and former ballet dancer, has been named the new dance director of the famous Paris Opera ballet. Millepied, 35, who is French but has lived in the US since he was 16, is probably best known […]

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Natalie Portman’s husband will direct the Paris Opera Ballet

Paris Natalie Portman’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, the “Black Swan” choreographer who helped turn Natalie Portman into an obsessed, paranoid ballerina for film and later married the actress, has been named director of the Opera Ballet of Paris Thursday. Millepied, 35, is a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet who left in 2011 to […]

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Benjamin Millepied will be the director of the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and former principal of the New York City Ballet, will be the new dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet from September 2014. The announcement Thursday morning at the Palais Garnier by the director general of the Paris Opera, Nicolas Joël, puts an end to months of intense speculation around […]

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William Forsythe Revival at the Paris Opera Ballet

When “In the Middle” is played by other companies, this wary surveillance, this fear-masking bravado, is often staged as vaguely sulky aggression. But when the curtain rose on December 8 and 9 at the Palais Garnier, and Alice Renavand and Aurélia Bellet looked at each other with suspicion, we immediately understood what was at stake: […]

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A Shining Star at the Paris Opera Ballet

Ms. Gillot’s first choreographic attempts were in collaboration with her boyfriend at the time, Jiri Bubenicek, principal of the Czech-born Dresden Opera Ballet. After some success with these pieces at festivals and galas, Olivier Meyer, director of the Théâtre de Surènes (and husband of Mrs. Lefèvre), invited her to create a piece for a group […]

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Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch from the Paris Opera Ballet

The myth of Orpheus, although it has been told in many ways, is primarily about an artist and the ability of art to transcend. The heroic poet-musician Orpheus, after losing his wife, Eurydice, appeases the deities of the Underworld with his playing and singing lyre. They allow him to bring her back to the world […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet at the David H. Koch Theater

The Paris Opera Ballet opened its New York season on Wednesday with an entirely French program. Each of his three ballets had music by a French composer, and each was created by a French choreographer. Serge Lifar (“Suite en Blanc”), although Ukrainian by birth, was for decades the ballet master and star dancer of the […]

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Giselle from the Paris Opera Ballet takes off at the Kennedy Center

With its sharp details and intoxicating immersion in the Romantic era, “Giselle” by the Paris Opera Ballet, which debuted Thursday evening, seems to come to us from another world. But another aspect of its genius lies in how this production, the most perfectly realized account of the popular work to appear at the Kennedy Center […]

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Paris Opera Ballet dancers are performing in the Berkshires this week

Photo by Steve MurezAurélia Bellet from the 3rd Floor. BECKET – Performing in one of the oldest ballet companies at one of the world’s greatest opera houses can feel like a dream come true. But being in such a revered company can sometimes feel constraining, according to Samuel Murez, the artistic director of 3e Etage, […]

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“La Danse” behind the scenes of the Paris Opera Ballet

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman used to sneak in to see the ballet when he was a young law student in New York. Wiseman quickly became fascinated with “this beautiful form, which is so evanescent, so ephemeral and all the work that goes into it – and it’s over in a flash,” he said. Here Now […]

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At the Paris Opera Ballet: do you think you can compete?

PARIS THE stage at the Palais Garnier is bare and luminous. Eleven people are seated at a table in the empty section of the orchestra, frowning over their notebooks. A bell rings and an announcer appears on stage and officially introduces a dancer. For about three minutes, she navigates the technical minefields of the mandatory […]

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La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet: film review

I can think of few finer pleasures than watching great dances in movies. Could there be anything more exhilarating than a number featuring Astaire and Rogers, Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Brothers, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson? And yet, the sad truth is that most filmmakers don’t know how to present the dance – how to bring it […]

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Bonjour à la Nouvelle at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Brigitte Lefèvre, director of the Paris Opera Ballet, did not let the grass grow under her feet when Wayne McGregor was appointed resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet in 2006. The following year, Mr McGregor was created “Genus” for the French company. , and the play was performed this month on a triple […]

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“The Dance: The Ballet of the Paris Opera”

Moving bodies tend to stay in motion, but almost never with the moving beauty and grace of Frederick Wiseman’s exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, “La Danse”. Wiseman has been making his kind of silent yet powerful documentaries for decades. “The Dance” is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet — Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter

Frederick Wiseman has been making documentaries for 40 years, taking a sharp look at a large number of social and cultural institutions. His new film, “La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris”, demonstrates that his skills are intact. While several of his documentaries, dating back to “Titicut Follies” in 1967, had a muckraking edge […]

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For the Paris Opera Ballet, a Nureyev production adorned with bells and whistles

PARIS — Has there ever been a successful — that is to say, not boring — version of the complete ballet “Raymonda”? Perhaps the original, choreographed in 1898 by Marius Petipa towards the end of his long career at the Maryinsky Theater in Russia, truly enchanted audiences with its medieval Provençal setting, romantic notions of […]