LA Dance Project
Benjamin Millepied, Founding Director
Wednesday September 26, 2012 - 7:30pm
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""Closer," Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, Music by Philip Glass (Premiere 2006)
"Winterbranch," Choreographed by Merce Cunningham, Lighting, Decor, and Costumes by Robert Rauschenberg, Music by La Monte Yong (Premiere 1964)**
Moving Parts," Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, Music by Nico Muhly (Premiere Sept. 2012)
**SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THE SOUND SCORE FOR "WINTERBRANCH"
Merce Cunningham created this work in 1964, often interpreted as his response to war--and the lighting is dark and ominous--as is the score, which can be uncomfortably loud for some audience members. We will provide ear plugs in the front lobby for anyone who would like a pair.
White Bird is thrilled to launch its 15th season with an important new dance collective founded by celebrated choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, Millepied gained worldwide acclaim in Black Swan as featured actor and choreographer. After L.A Dance Project has its world premiere at Walt Disney Concert Hall next September 2012, they will come to us with a remarkable program that includes Merce Cunningham’s legendary Winterbranch (1964) and a new work by Benjamin Millepied.
Commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Los Angeles
Note on Video: Since the LA Dance Project will have its first program in September at Disney Concert Hall, no video of the new company is yet available. The video shown here is of Benjamin Millepied's Le Spectre de la Rose, performed by Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve.
SPONSORED BY DARCI H. SWINDELLS