Last Sunday stumbling upon Instagram I discovered something very interesting: the French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied (yes, he’s not just only Natalie Portman’s husband! He’s actually a very talented choreographer) has a new dance project at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. It’s Daphnis et Chloé, which debuted for the first time in 2014 in Paris, and the amazing thing is that the décor has been made by French artist Daniel Buren.

Why amazing? Because it’s a joy to the eyes when one of the most “classic” and established art, the ballet, accept to meet contemporary, often conceptual, art.

Who is who?

Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother, a former modern dancer. After many years of school and training, in the spring of 2001 Benjamin Millepied (b. 1977) was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer at NYCB, where he remained until his retirement as a dancer in 2011.

In 2010, Mr. Millepied choreographed and starred in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (in which occasion Millepied met Natalie Portman).

In 2012, Mr. Millepied moved to Los Angeles, where he conceived of and founded the new dance company L.A. Dance Project. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to promote new collaborative work by emerging and established artists, and to revisit influential multidisciplinary dance collaborations from the past.

After three years as Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, he’s now back to the US. (via benjaminmillepied.com)

Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1938. He has punctuated the past 50 years of art with unforgettable interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations.

All of Buren’s interventions are created ‘in situ’, appropriating and coloring the spaces in which they are presented. They are critical tools addressing questions of how we look and perceive, and the way space can be used, appropriated, and revealed in its social and physical nature. In his work life finds its way into art, while autonomous art is able to reconnect with life. (via lissongallery.com)

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