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February 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Benjamin Millepied: LA Dance Project (Credit: Stefanie Keenan; Photos: Wire Image)

Benjamin Millepied: LA Dance Project (Credit: Stefanie Keenan; Photos: Wire Image)

  - THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 2/20/14 – “For me, moving to music is a source of joy.” A quote from Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and dancer (Black Swan), who has a new home, the Theatre at Ace, part of the beautifully restored Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Broadway Avenue . 

L.A. Dance Project performed three new dance routines, two of them U.S. premieres, the first performance Reflections, a number put together by Millepied himself.   Reflections premiered on May 23, 2013 at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.  It was set to music by David Lang of the pop group The National.  It was commissioned by Van Cleef and Arpels.  The background paintings used for Reflections, featured work from Barbara Kruger, one with white letters on red with the words “stay” and the other “go.”  The backdrops sure were complimentary to the dancers.    

Also on the bill is Murder Ballades with choreography by Justin Peck, backdrop scenery by L.A. artist Sterling Ruby and music by Bryce Dessner.  This one started off with eight pairs of shoes on the stage with a wonderful backdrop, then comes the six dancers to put on their shoes and what a performance they gavel.

3td act Murder Ballades (photo credit: Hollywood Today)

3td act Murder Ballades (photo credit: Hollywood Today)

(photo credit: Hollywood Today)

(photo credit: Hollywood Today)

There was also a sneak-peek of a new piece by Hiroaki Umeda in preparation for its upcoming premiere in Paris in March 2014.  This performance had some great visual backgrounds, which made the dancers appear to be moving in slow motion and then moving faster. The music was more like sound effects, white noise or flat lining sounds, an LP record that was scratched.  It was quite different, unique.

The L.A. Dance Project will offer programs at the Theatre at Ace Hotel from February 20th through the 22nd at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $20. Tickets for the ground breaking performances are on sale now.  For purchase information and details, visit www.ladanceproject.com

The Theatre is located at 929 S. Broadway Avenue, adjacent to the newly renovated Ace Hotel.  Additional information about the Ace Hotel and United Artists Theatre can be found at www.acehotel.com/theatre.

 About L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humer, Founding Producer Charles Fabius and Nicholas Britell.

L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as various modular performances in non-traditional environments. 

In addition to Los Angeles, in 2014 New York, Paris, the Dance Biennial in Lyon and the Golden Mask Festival Moscow.  LAPD will also be touring to a number of cities in France, China and Japan.

About the Theatre at the Ace Hotel

A 1927 Spanish gothic-style auditorium, that is at the base of a newly-opened boutique hotel (opened on January 6, 2014).  The 1,600-seat auditorium is located at 929 Broadway Avenue, a movie house during the building’s initial incarnation as the headquarters of United Artists.  The original opening of this historic theatre was December 26, 1927 with My Best Girl,  a silent film starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.  C. Howard Crane designed the theatre, Walker and Eisen were the building architects.  The UA principals, other actors and board members of the company are depicted in various murals and paintings around the building.  The Gothic style was evidently chosen because of Mary Pickford’s love of European castles.  

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