Jacob’s Pillow Welcomes L.A. Dance Project [Berkshire On Stage]
By Larry Murray
L.A. Dance Project, an exuberant California contemporary dance collective, makes a rare east coast appearance in its Jacob’s Pillow debut at the Ted Shawn Theatre opening tonight (Wednesday, August 19) and running through Saturday (August 22). Benjamin Millepied – former New York City Ballet principal dancer, choreographer for the film “Black Swan” and current director of the Paris Opera Ballet – founded L.A. Dance Project in 2012. These impressively daring, classically trained dancers perform “Murder Ballades” by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck, the U.S. premiere of Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf’s “II acts for the blind” and Millepied’s new ballet “Hearts & Arrows.”
L.A. Dance Project, noted by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times as “attractive, personable, skilled, individual” has a contemporary vision and stylistically diverse repertory. The young artist collective “has depth far beyond its years” (Robert Greskovic, Wall Street Journal) and is devoted to creating and presenting high quality work in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Renowned choreographer Millepied has selected a group of classically trained dancers to perform new works by both established and emerging choreographers using creative commissions.
Together with an acclaimed leadership team of visual and musical artists including founding producer Charles Fabius, composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, and art consultant Matthieu Humery, the company incorporates multimedia elements into their live performances and fuses art forms in stimulating dance films. Former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes takes the reins as L.A. Dance Project’s Associate Artistic Director in this Pillow engagement; dancer and Rehearsal Director Charlie Hodges will give his last performance with the company at Jacob’s Pillow before his retirement from the stage.