Born in France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother, Catherine Flori a former modern dancer. From the age of thirteen to the age of sixteen he attended the Conservatoire National de Lyon, studying with Marie France Dieulevin and Michel Rahn. In the summer of 1992, Mr. Millepied came to New York City to attend the summer program at the School of American Ballet, 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. At SAB he studied with Stanley Williams and Adam Luders. In the 1994 SAB Spring Workshop, Mr. Millepied originated a principal role in Jerome Robbins’ 2 & 3 Part Inventions, set to music by J.S Bach. He was awarded the “Prix de Lausanne” the same year. In his last year at SAB, Mr. 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 at NYCB, where he remained until his retirement as a dancer in 2011.
With the New York City Ballet, Mr. Millepied danced a vast repertoire of works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Many original roles were also created for him by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Angelin Preljocaj, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Mr. Millepied started choreographing in 2001, and in 2002 he founded “Danses Concertantes”. The company gathered different dancers for each tour, and for over 8 years performed new works and ballet repertory in prestigious venues all over the world.
From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Millepied was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. During his time at BAC, Mr. Millepied created the solo “Years Later” for Mikhail Baryshnikov. 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.
Mr. Millepied’s many ballets are in the repertory of major dance companies around the world including the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Mariinsky Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet de Geneve, the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the Dutch National Ballet. His collaborators include composers and artists such as Nico Muhly, David Lang, Philip Glass, Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Paul Cox, Rodarte, Thierry Escaich, and Santiago Calatrava.
Mr. Millepied also works in film, both as a choreographer and as a director. In 2013, Millepied founded the Amoveo Company with composer Nicholas Britell. Amoveo is an artist collective, collaborating in digital media, live events, television and film.
In 2010, Mr. Millepied choreographed and starred in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
In 2012, Mr. Millepied moved to Los Angeles, where he conceived of and founded the new dance company L.A. Dance Project. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to promote new collaborative work by emerging and established artists, and to revisit influential multidisciplinary dance collaborations from the past. The company creates innovative platforms for contemporary dance and expands the experience of dance and dance education to audiences of all ages.
During L.A. Dance Project’s September, 2012 inaugural performances at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, the company performed Moving Parts, a collaboration between Mr. Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, and visual artist Christopher Wool. In May 2013, L.A. Dance Project presented Reflections, a new work which was the result of a collaboration between Mr. Millepied, composer David Lang, artist Barbara Kruger, and which was created with the support of the historic jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels.
In January 2013 the Paris Opera Ballet announced Mr. Millepied’s appointment as its new Director, a role he will assume in the fall of 2014. Mr. Millepied will at the same time continue with L.A. Dance Project, overseeing, and programming the company.
“Passages” for the Conservatoire National de Lyon (2001),
“Triple Duet” for Danses Concertantes performed at Sadler’s Wells, London (2002)
“Circular Motion” also for Danses Concertantes, London (2004)
“Chaconne”, a dance film, co-directed by film-maker Olivier Simola (2003)
“On The Other Side” for Danses Concertantes performed at Maison de la Danse, Lyon (2004)
“Double Aria” danced by the New York City Ballet, with the original score of Daniel Ott (2005)
“28 Variations of an Theme By Paganini” for the School of American Ballet (2005)
an original full-length “Casse-Noisette” for the Grand Théâtre de Genève with set designs and costumes by artist Paul Cox (2005)
“Closer” as part of Benjamin Millepied and Company season at the Joyce Theater New York, with live accompaniment by Philip Glass (2006)
“Capriccio” for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (2006)
“Years Later”, a solo work for Mikhail Baryshnikov in collaboration with Mr. Simola (2006)
“Amoveo” for the Paris Opera Ballet with set design by Paul Cox and costumes by Marc Jacobs (2006)
“From Here On Out “ for American Ballet Theatre, original score by Nico Muhly (2007)
“Petrouchka” for the Ballet de Genève with set design and costumes by Paul Cox (2007)
“Triade” for the Paris Opera Ballet with an original score by Nico Muhly (2008)
“3 Movements” for Pacific Northwest Ballet (2008); “Without” for Danses Concertantes (2008)
“Quasi Una Fantasia” for the New York City Ballet (2009)
“Everything doesn’t happen at once” for American Ballet theatre (2009)
“Sarabande” for Danses Concertantes, premiered in Lyon (2009)
“Why Am I Not Where You Are” with a commissioned score by Thierry Escaich and scenery by Santiago Calatrava, New York City Ballet (2010)
“Plainspoken” with a commissioned score by David Lang, New York City Ballet (2010)
“One thing leads to another” with a commissioned score by Nico Muhly, costumes by Rodarte, Het National Ballet (2010);
“The Bartered Bride” for the Metropolitan Opera (2011)
“This part in Darkness” for the Pennsylvania Ballet (2011)
“Troika” for the American Ballet Theatre (2011)
“Without” for the Ballet of the Mariinsky (2011)
“Les Sylphides and Spectre de la rose” for Ballet de Geneve (2011)
“Khovanschina” for the Metropolitan Opera (2012)
“Two Hearts” for the New York City Ballet (2012)
“Moving Parts” commissioned score by Nico Muhly, sets by Christopher Wool, costumes by Rodarte, L.A Dance Project ( 2012 )
“Neverwhere” commissioned score by Nico Muhly, costumes by Iris Van Herpen, the New York City Ballet ( 2013)
“Reflections” Sets and costumes Barbara Kruger, L.A Dance Project (2013)