one project,” says former NYCB principal Janie
Taylor, who has joined LADP as a dancer. Her
husband, Sebastien Marcovici, is ballet master.
“That’s one of the things Benjamin will be able to
do more of, being here.”
BUILDING THE BRAND
Millepied is expanding LADP’s digital presence,
too, transforming its website into what he describes
as a “portal for dance” (similar to his 3e Scène
project at POB). The ;rst component is a series
of workout videos created by Millepied and the
dancers, ;lmed at outdoor locations around L.A.
“There’s a personal approach to each workout be-
cause of the dancer who designed it,” he says.
A magazine-style journalism component will
evolve over time to encompass current topics, interviews, and essays on dance history. And the existing
online store will expand well beyond dancewear. “If
we do it right, LADP can also be a lifestyle brand,”
says Millepied, “where the company can actually
make money through licensing of the name.”
A GLOBAL PRESENCE
In the meantime, the company’s already far-
reaching endeavors will continue at full speed.
This year’s schedule includes performances in
Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, New York and be-
yond, plus an annual residency in Arles, France.
Company rep continues to include classic and
commissioned works, like Merce Cunningham’s
1964 Winterbranch, William Forsythe’s 1993
Quintett and Justin Peck’s 2013 Murder Ballades.
Millepied’s new duet for Taylor and associate artist
Carla Körbes, a former Paci;c Northwest Bal-
let principal, premieres this month at The Joyce
Millepied loves ;lmmaking and has created and
commissioned dance ;lms that are archived on
the LADP website (including Academy Award–
winning director Alejandro Iñárritu’s 2012 Naran
Ja). He is currently in development on his own
feature-;lm debut, and seems to have found a
new niche. “Film gathers all the things that I love.
It’s narration, it’s emotion, it’s photography, it’s
lighting—it’s all the arts in one,” he says. Shoot-
ing is planned for 2018.
L.A.’s open-mindedness and contemporary
point of view, not to mention its movie industry, suit Millepied and accommodate the scope
of his vision. “I want to make an impact in my
lifetime,” Millepied says. L.A. feels like the right
place for him to do that. “We’re being embraced
by the community,” he says. “I feel like there is
more room here to really do something new.” ■
Claudia Bauer is a dancer writer based in
Millepied hopes to build
LADP into a lifestyle brand,
so the company can make
money by licensing its name.
LADP will soon move into
new headquarters in a
contemporary art gallery in
L.A.’s art district.