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Benjamin Millepied and L.A. Dance Project return to Los Angeles this December

Written by
Kate Wertheimer

The news we've been waiting for! The lauded L.A. Dance Project, helmed by founding artistic director Benjamin Millepied, will return to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA on December 9 and 10 to perform four unique pieces, all collaborative efforts across artistic disciplines (see the complete details for each of the four below). The performances will be accompanied by visual concepts by mixed-media artist Mark Bradford and a special performance by composer and singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (swoon!). Tickets are $30, $60 and $80 and are on sale now for both December 9 and December 10. (Hot tip: The theater offers in-person ticket sales under the marquee Thursday through Saturday from 10am-5pm, for lower fees than online!)

The Theatre at Ace Hotel first hosted L.A. Dance Project in 2014 for its opening program. "I chose Los Angeles as a home base for the company simply because the city is inspiring to me," explains Millepied. "L.A.'s rich cultural heritage, from the silent film era to classical music to visual arts, has been the inspiration and home of many important artists—a place where each felt great freedom and creativity in the pursuit of their art." Since then, L.A. Dance Project has toured across the globe, and has performed everywhere from the Schindler House to the Hammer Museum.

L.A. Dance Project will host their annual gala at the Theatre prior to the December 10 performance, and that evening will conclude with an invite-only after party inside the theater, hosted by Swedish artist André Saraiva and designer and art director Willo Perron. To reserve a table or tickets, email or call 213-293-9534. More information can be found on the L.A. Dance Project website.

Program for L.A. Dance Project at the Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA, December 9 and 10

"II Acts for the Blind"

Commissioned by L.A. Dance Project and created in Los Angeles, this piece by choreographer Roy Assaf premiered September 25, 2014 at the Opéra Theatre de St. Etienne in Saint- Etienne, France, in co-production with Lyon Biennale de la Danse.

"After the Rain" pas de deux

Christopher Wheeldon's "After the Rain," a ballet in two parts set to music by Arvo Pärt, premiered in 2005 at the New York City Ballet. L.A. Dance Project's first performances of the pas de deux from "After the Rain" will be danced by former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and associate director of L.A. Dance Project, Carla Körbes.


"Homecoming" is a world premiere choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, with music composed by Rufus Wainwright, who will make a special live appearance for L.A. Dance Project's presentation of the piece at the Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. Homecoming will be danced by former New York City Ballet principal dancer and new member of L.A. Dance Project Janie Taylor, along with Benjamin Millepied.  

"On The Other Side"

Benjamin Millepied's "On The Other Side" premiered on June 24 at Sadler's Wells in London. The dance is set to a suite of piano etudes by Philip Glass, with costumes by designer Alessandro Sartori and art by Los Angeles-based Mark Bradford.

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