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Angelenos Boo Merce!: L.A. Dance Project’s Dramatic Premiere

This past weekend marked the premiere of L.A. Dance Project at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. Of course this is the event – the full-evening debut of Benjamin Millepied’s new LA-based company – that all dance-going Angelenos … Continue reading

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L.A. Dance Project’s FRAMEWORK at MOCA

Thursday night marked the first of three “sneak peeks” of Benjamin Millepied’s new L.A. Dance Project at MOCA – the Museum of Contemporary Art – in downtown Los Angeles. Millepied danced with Amanda Wells in four different galleries in the … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky Premieres at ABT

Above: Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes in Christopher Wheeldon’s Thirteen Diversions, which premiered at American Ballet Theater two weeks ago. (Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.) Once again, I’m behind on posts. May was a crazy month, filled with family emergencies, last … Continue reading

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Kurt Froman on Training Natalie Portman to Dance

But his funniest, most interesting words are about Mila Kunis: “Mila, and I mean this in the best way, she is such a loud-mouthed kind of broad. You know exactly where you stand with her, if she’s not happy with … Continue reading

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More BLACK SWAN Controversy, and The Paris Opera Ballet’s COPPELIA

I’m still crazy busy but just wanted to point out two things. First, if you haven’t already heard, there’s now a storm of controversy over how much dancing Natalie Portman actually did in Black Swan. Dance Magazine EIC Wendy Perron … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Acceptance Speech at the Oscars

So what did you guys think of it? I tried to find a YouTube video but couldn’t find a free one. Interesting that companies are going to start charging for subscriptions for that kind of thing… Anyway, I love that … Continue reading

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Moonlight on the Beach

Happy President’s Day everyone! I’m spending the week in South Carolina at my cousin’s timeshare – I needed a few days away from New York and the ocean is  my favorite place. (If I ever have money, I’m definitely buying … Continue reading

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Is Benjamin Millepied a Better Fund-Raiser Than Choreographer?

Thank you to Jeff, who comments frequently here, for pointing me to this article in the NY Times, which most of you have probably already seen. The first page is all gloss and generalities and isn’t of much interest to … Continue reading

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For the Love of Duke

On Friday night Susan Stroman’s For the Love of Duke premiered at NYCB. Photos above by Paul Kolnik. Top: Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, and Amar Ramasar; bottom: Mearns and Ramasar. Stroman is primarily a Broadway choreographer (I think her most … Continue reading

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Last Week at New York City Ballet

Last week I went to two performances of NYCB – opening night and Thursday night’s “See the Music” program – and to two of the free all-day Balanchine events on Saturday. First, I’ll talk about the last two since I … Continue reading

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Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Golden Globe Acceptance Speech

Did you guys watch last night? I thought she looked radiant, and her speech was really sweet. She seemed genuinely happy about both the film and her personal life. She still seemed to be in a state of blissful shock … Continue reading

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Is Millepied a K-Fed or a Baryshnikov?

I’ve seen a good number of articles like this one popping up on various celebrity gossip blogs, contending that Benjamin Millepied poked holes in his condoms and is basically just after Natalie Portman for fame and money – I guess … Continue reading

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Is Ballet A Dying Art?

I must confess I haven’t yet read Jennifer Homans’ acclaimed but controversial history of ballet, Apollo’s Angels. I’m working hard on my second novel and have been knee deep in prison and cop memoirs and haven’t had time for much … Continue reading

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Millepied To Be a Daddy

Oh dear lord. Via TheBalletBag.

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Benjamin Millepied in TIME DOESN’T STAND STILL

According to Filmmaker Magazine, Benjamin Millepied will be starring with French actress Lea Seydoux in a short film called Time Doesn’t Stand Still, directed by Asa Mader. It’s to premiere in its entirety in 2011, but go here to see … Continue reading

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My Take on BLACK SWAN

I saw it over the weekend. Overall, I thought it was hilarious. Totally campy and just plain funny. Way too silly to be scary though. And I think Aronofksy was going for both. So, to me, it failed to that … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied Interviewed at Black Swan Premiere

This is actually a pretty interesting interview, by Amy Kaufman, of the Los Angeles Times, at the Black Swan premiere in LA. Millepied talks about the differences between working with trained and untrained dancers, and how he trained the untrained … Continue reading

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More Photos of Millepied’s “Plainspoken”

Here are a couple more photos of Benjamin Millepied’s Plainspoken, which premiered last week at New York City Ballet and which I wrote about here.  Top is, from left: Amar Ramasar, Sterling Hyltin and Tyler Angle; below, from left: Jennie … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied’s “Plainspoken”

Last Thursday was NYCB’s Fall gala, during which they presented the New York City premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s Plainspoken (photo at left, of Teresa Reichlen and Sebastien Marcovici, by Paul Kolnik; the ballet originally premiered in Wyoming this August), along … Continue reading

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Benjamin Millepied Interview in “The Daily Beast”

“’I will never be a star,’” said Millepied, who claims to spend his down time reading and “’working a lot by myself at home. When I see the attention movie stars get, it doesn’t make me want to be in … Continue reading

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Janie Taylor Debuts in Millepied’s “Why Am I Not Where You Are” Etc.

I’ve been remiss in my New York City Ballet posts! Last week I saw two programs: one featuring three dances to three different violin concertos – Peter Martins’s Barber Violin Concerto, Robbins’ Opus 19 / The Dreamer, and Balanchine’s Stravinsky … Continue reading

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New York City Ballet Fall Gala Upcoming October 7

To celebrate its first fall season, NYCB will have a fall gala on October 7th. It will feature the premiere of a new ballet by Benjamin Millepied set to a score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. The program will … Continue reading

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New York City Ballet’s First Fall Season Opening Night

Tuesday night, New York City Ballet opened its very first fall season with performances of Balanchine’s Serenade, Peter Martins’s Grazioso, and Jerome Robbins’s The Four Seasons. First, before the performance began, Peter Martins came out and introduced each of the … Continue reading

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TWO MORE NYCB PREMIERES: "LUCE NASCOSTA" AND "CALL ME BEN"

It’s been a season of new ballets and principal dancer farewells at New York City Ballet, and, between that and all the goings-on at ABT, it’s hard to keep up! I realized when meeting a blog reader yesterday at Philip … Continue reading

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YVONNE BORREE'S FAREWELL PERFORMANCE

On Sunday afternoon, principal ballerina Yvonne Borree gave her farewell performance at New York City Ballet. I always find farewell performances so sad, especially for the ballerinas, for some reason. And Yvonne just doesn’t seem old enough to retire! At … Continue reading

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BENJAMIN MILLEPIED IN DETAILS MAGAZINE

Says writer Katherine Wheelock: “…Millepied, 32, has the potential to become rarer still—that once-in-a-generation crossover star and actress-courting boldface name previously embodied by Mikhail Baryshnikov.” Read the rest of the article here. Above photo taken from Details, by Eric Ray … Continue reading

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CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON'S ESTANCIA

Last Saturday night was the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s new ballet, Estancia, at New York City Ballet. Everyone in the audience seemed to go wild over it. When it ended, I overheard people saying they didn’t want it to end, … Continue reading

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BARYSHNIKOV RETURNS TO THE STAGE

Here’s an interesting preview by Joel Lobenthal of Baryshnikov’s return to the stage, which happened at BAC this Wednesday. He danced three solos, along with two other men — Steve Paxton and David Neumann. Program was called, aptly, “Unrelated Solos.” … Continue reading

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET OPENING NIGHT GALA: NAMOUNA AND WHY AM I NOT WHERE YOU ARE

All photos by Paul Kolnik. Top two are of Benjamin Millepied’s new Why am I not where you are, and bottom two are from Alexei Ratmansky’s new Namouna: A Grand Divertissement. Sorry I’m late with this post — I had … Continue reading

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NEW YORK CITY BALLET OPENS ITS SUMMER SEASON TONIGHT

And expect Natalie Portman to be at the gala. Well, of course she would be: her boyfriend’s new ballet will premiere tonight, along with a Ratmansky premiere. And, by the way, Kathryn Morgan is to replace Janie Taylor in Millepied’s. … Continue reading

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