Benjamin Millepied and Alexandre Tharaud - Unstill life

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Benjamin Millepied returns to dance for a duet with pianist Alexandre Tharaud (Bach, Rameau, Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel…).

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED Choreographer and dancer

Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer, filmmaker and former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. He was born in Bordeaux, France. Mr. Millepied grew up in Senegal until the age of 5, when he started dancing. At eleven, he began ballet with Vladimir Skouratoff at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. From 1990 to 1993, he attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, where he studied with Marie-France Dieulevin and Michel Rahn. In 1993, he moved to New York to attend the School of American Ballet, where he studied with Stanley Williams and Adam Luders. In 1994, Mr. Millepied took part in a new ballet by Jerome Robbins entitled “2 and 3 part inventions”. In 1995, Mr. Millepied joined the New York Ballet. He became a Principal Dancer in 2001. While at NYCB, he performed an extensive repertoire of works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. While at the New York City Ballet, he created roles in ballets by Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Mauro Bigonzetti, Angelin Preljoçaj and Peter Martins. Mr. Millepied began choreographing in 2001. While at the New York City Ballet, he founded a pick-up troupe, Danses Concertantes, in 2002. In 2006, he was choreographer-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center . That year he created the solo "Years Later" for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Since 2005, Mr. Millepied has choreographed for numerous dance companies, including New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Berlin Staatsoper, Mariinsky, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet. Over the years, Mr. Millepied has personally collaborated with artists such as Mark Bradford, Christopher Wool, Barbara Kruger, Liam Gillick, Rodarte, Nico Muhly and U.V.A. In 2010, Millepied starred in and choreographed Darren Aronofsky's award-winning film Black Swan, in which he also starred. Mr. Millepied moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and co-founded the L.A. Dance Project. Since its inception, the company has given hundreds of performances in prestigious venues around the world and site-specific performances in non-traditional venues. In 2018, Mr. Millepied opened 2245, a new rehearsal and performance home for LADP in Los Angeles. In January 2013, the Paris Opera Ballet appointed Millepied as its new director. Mr. Millepied then created a dance medicine program at the Paris Opera, launched a digital stage, commissioned new works from William Forsythe, Jerome Bel, Wayne McGregor, Justin Peck, Crystal Pite, Tino Seghal, took over works by Anna T. Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin, and invites Batscheva to the Opera for the first time. Mr. Millepied resigned in 2016 to pursue his career as a choreographer and filmmaker. A documentary on his tenure at the Paris Opera titled “Reset” is available on Amazon. Over the years, Mr. Millepied has also made dance films. He recently wrapped production on his first feature film, “Carmen,” which will be released in the fall of 2022 through Sony Pictures Classics. Mr. Millepied is a former recipient of the prestigious “Bourse Lavoisier” scholarship from the French government, winner of the Prix de Lausanne, recipient of the Mae du SAB. L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, and a United States Artists Wynn Fellow in Dance. In 2010, he was decorated Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.


With more than 25 years of career, Alexandre Tharaud is today a unique figure in the world of classical music, and a real ambassador of the French piano. His large discography (more than 25 solo albums), rewarded and acclaimed by the press, presents a repertoire ranging from baroque music to contemporary creation. The breadth of his artistic activities is also reflected in his collaborations with directors, dancers, choreographers, writers and filmmakers, as well as with singer-songwriters and musicians outside the realm of classical music. . Alexandre Tharaud is a sought-after soloist, invited by many great international orchestras: the Orchester de Paris, the Orchester National de France, the NAC Orchestra Ottawa, Les Violons du Roy, the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Zurich Kammerorchester and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt , the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia... In recital, Alexandre Tharaud is a regular guest of the most prestigious halls in the world. This season, he is in recital at the Philharmonie de Paris, at King's Place in London, at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, in Bayreuth, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Casa da Música in Porto, and at Zankel Hall in particular. He will also be on tour in Japan, China and Korea. Alexandre Tharaud records exclusively for Erato/Warner Classics. In September 2020, her album “Chansons d'Amour” with Sabine Devieilhe was released – and followed by a tour at Wigmore Hall, La Monnaie, the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Teatro alla Scala between others. In October 2020, his triple album “Le Poète du Piano” was released, which includes some of his best-known recordings and offers many unreleased ones. His discography reflects his affinity for eclectic musical styles: Versailles, which pays homage to composers associated with the courts of French kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI; her Barbara tribute album; but also a duo album with Jean-Guihen Queyras (a stage partner for twenty years) dedicated to Brahms, or the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff. During his career he has made critically acclaimed recordings of Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach's Goldberg Variations and Italian Concerto, Beethoven's last sonata trios, Chopin's 24 Preludes, and the complete works for piano by Ravel. In 2017, Alexandre published Show Me Your Hands, an introspective and engaging account of the daily lives of pianists. He had previously co-written Piano Intime with journalist Nicolas Southon. He is also the main subject of a film directed by the Swiss filmmaker Raphaëlle Aellig-Régnier: Alexandre Tharaud, Le Temps Dérobé, and appeared in the role of the pianist “Alexandre” in the famous film by Michael Hanneke, Amour, in 2012 .


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  • 2nd series: 34€*
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