French dancer Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer of the film “Black Swan”, was Thursday appointed director of dance at the Paris Opera, one of the world’s leading dance the oldest and most prestigious.
Millepied, 35, who last year’s Oscar-winning star of “Black Swan”, Natalie Portman, married with whom he has a son, will assume his new duties in October 2014. The announcement by the Director of the Opera of Paris, Nicolas Joel, ended months of speculation about the successor of Brigitte Lefèvre, director of dance at the Paris Opera since 1995, which provides for retirement at the end of the 2013-14 season. The same position was held for several years by Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, died in 1993. An explanation of the Paris Opera said Millepied was born in Bordeaux and studied at the Conservatory of Lyon. He joined the American Ballet School as a teenager before New York City Ballet, where he was one of the principal dancer in 2002. It was both choreographer and dancer in the 2010 movie “Black Swan”, a psychological thriller in which five Oscar nominations received and won the award for best actress Portman. Millepied retired in 2011 to concentrate on choreography and moved to Los Angeles, where he founded the LA Dance Project, which debuted in September last year. Millepied is the new face of men’s fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent for children “free man” – French for “free man” – and also in commercials for Air France
Almost all dancers, more than 150 in the Parisian society are trained in the school of the Paris Opera admission to the corps de ballet decided by an annual competition.
Lefevre at the Paris Opera Ballet School when she was 8 years old and entered the corps de ballet of 16 years, while Millepied appointment came as a surprise to many.