Benjamin Millepied: ballet’s black swan bows out in Paris

Last week Benjamin Millepied resigned as head of dance at the prestigious Paris Opera Ballet, criticising the company’s rigid ways. Luke Jennings, who spoke to the choreographer twice in recent weeks, reports

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On Thursday afternoon, at the Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris Opera Ballet since 1875, it was announced that Benjamin Millepied had resigned as the company’s director of dance, and that he was to be replaced by Aurélie Dupont, a former company ballerina.

I have no power over the company’s ballet school, and I have to ask permission to promote dancers. It’s very frustrating

Perhaps it’s because he’s wholly uncalibrated for compromise that there’s been such an ugly clashing of gears in Paris

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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