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L.A. Dance Project

24 - 26 August
  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

A brilliant programme of modern masterworks from one of the hottest names in dance. Benjamin Millepied brings his new company to the UK for the first time, following his huge success as choreographer and star of Darren Aronofsky's award-winning film Black Swan.

L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded by Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius and film producer Dimitri Chamblas. At the peak of his career, after starring with New York City Ballet, Millepied embarks on a new adventure.


Forsythe's seminal work, set to Gavin Bryars's emotional and elegiac Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, is a moving final love letter to his wife before she died. - 'A celebration of human existence, friendship and love, it also shows off the true worth of these excellent dancers' - The Scotsman


This dramatic work features costumes by Robert Rauschenberg and a score, 2 Sounds, by La Monte Young. Merce Cunningham talked about two 'facts' of dancing – the act of falling, and unless one stays on the ground, the subsequent act of rising. The dancers engage in a series of falls, in both slow and fast motion, eventually clustering together to fall and rise united as a cohesive group.

Moving Parts

A new work by the group's founding choreographer. 'Cleverly constructed, easily digested, and performed with real technical prowess, it's the kind of large-scale contemporary dance that just works, for everyone.' - The Scotsman

Praise for L.A Dance Project

'The eclecticism is admirable. All three works look remarkably "now". The dancers tackle their diverse challenges with skill.'
The New York Times

Benjamin Millepied: 'The biggest dancer to cross over into pop culture since Mikhail Baryshnikov.'
The New York Times

'an exquisite witness to the calibre of Millepied's dancers'

The Herald

'Magnificently danced by the young members of L.A dance project, together they make an engrossing evening... almost unbearably moving'

The Daily Telegraph

'Sharp and urbane... satisfyingly sophisticated'

The Guardian

5 Stars - Evening News

4 Stars- The Times

4 Stars - The Herald

4 Stars - The Scotsman

The Edinburgh Playhouse

18-22 Greenside Place

Supported by
Dunard Fund

With additional support from
Embassy of the United States of America, London

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  • Touch tour
  • Audio described
  • L.A. Dance Project

    Benjamin Millepied
    Founding Director


    William Forsythe Choreography (in collaboration with Dana Caspersen, Stephen Galloway, Jacopo Godani, Thomas McManus and Jone San Martin)
    Stephen Galloway Costume designer
    William Forsythe Lighting designer


    Merce Cunningham Choreographer
    La Monte Young Music (2 Sounds)
    Robert Rauschenberg Décor and costume designer
    Beverly Emmons Lighting designer (based on concepts by Robert Rauschenberg)
    Jennifer Goggans Staging (assisted by Robert Swinston)

    Moving Parts

    Benjamin Millepied Choreography
    Nico Muhly Music composition
    Christopher Wool Visual installation
    Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte) Costume designers
    Roderick Murray Lighting designer

    Photo: Frances Chiaverini

    This event was part of a previous Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

    The Festival 2014 programme is now live. Visit the events block to find out more. Public bookings will open on Saturday 29 March.