Benjamin Millepied cofounded L.A. Dance Project in 2012 as a challenge: The onetime principal dancer for New York City Ballet, who choreographed the thriller Black Swan, was determined to give his chosen art form a higher profile here by staging productions with composers and visual artists. The company’s residency at the Theatre at Ace Hotel continues October 24 to 26, when Millepied previews a still-untitled piece he created for eight dancers and set to the music of Philip Glass.
“Each movement evokes a simple narrative, an emotion, while focusing on a specific dancer,” he says. The program also includes William Forsythe’s Quintett and Emanuel Gat’s Morgan’s Last Chug. Though Millepied, who is married to actress Natalie Portman, becomes director of the Paris Opera Ballet in November, he insists he’s committed to L.A. Let’s hope so.