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.
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'
'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'
5 Stars - Evening News
4 Stars- The Times
4 Stars -The Herald
4 Stars - The Scotsman
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)
Benjamin Millepied Choreography
Nico Muhly Music composition
Christopher Wool Visual installation
Kate and Laura Mulleavy (of Rodarte) Costume designers
Roderick Murray Lighting designer