Opera ballet

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 of “The Night Ends” – a ballet he choreographed – opens in Paris.

After that ?

Millepied married Hollywood actress Natalie Portman after collaborating with her on the Oscar-winning film Black Swan.

Reports suggest the couple will return to Los Angeles, where they were based before moving to the French capital.

He is expected to focus on the LA Dance Project, an ensemble he formed in 2011.

Who next?

The former New York City Ballet dancer welcomed the appointment of Aurélie Dupont as his successor, but added:
“What matters to me above all is to create, to give, to be inspired by dancers, that’s what motivated my desire to evolve in ballet. And today as this profession exists, it is not for me, it does not suit me.

Speaking of Millepied’s 14 months at the helm, Dupont – the former principal ballerina and current ballet mistress at the Paris Opera – said:

“He brought many contemporary choreographers… and new choreographic experiences.

“For me, the Paris Opera remains a classical dance company, open to contemporary dance, and not the other way around. With me, the Opera will never be a contemporary dance company that occasionally performs classical ballet.

“The company is an old lady, who must be respected. It cannot be changed immediately.