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Benjamin Millepied Steps Down from Paris Opera Ballet

Benjamin Millepied Steps Down from Paris Opera Ballet

Benjamin Millepied attends a press conference to announce he is stepping down as the director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet on Thursday (February 4) in Paris, France.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to end my position as director of dance at the Paris Opera,” the 38-year-old French dancer and choreographer said in a statement. He added that his departure is because of “personal reasons.”

“My duties as director of dance today take up so much space that they have reduced that reserve for creation and artistic expression, which in my view is essential,” he added.

Benjamin rose to prominence with his work on the film Black Swan, where he met his wife Natalie Portman. The couple has a four-year-old son named Aleph.

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  • FrenchGirl

    No,he had some problems with the dancers and the administratives.The Opera of Paris is a huge administration who dislikes the changement and he had many ideas.For the dancers,they disliked how he criticized the classic dancing sessions.
    I think that the fact that Paris is a terrorist target is also involved in his departure

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  • Little Paper Stars

    He never seemed very comfortable there. It always seemed like an odd choice, given his work and POB’s tendancy to the classical

  • Delores Pauldo

    He Should have took the job anyway. He messed up his job here to follow Natalie. No one told him to do that. What he thought by talking about those people there? He couldn’t sleep with some are the people to help his career like he did Natalie? It didn’t help his career by sleeping with Natalie. Just like Rachel bilson did. It didn’t help her by getting a baby by Hayden or dumping adam for him. All those pictures are them together now you can’t get a picture from the both are them. Ben should have left Natalie alone. Its didn’t do any good by dating her. His career still didn’t get anywhere. You can’t control other people and what they feel about things. You can’t make people like you. Are try and use other people for your benefit. If he dump his job after fifteen months what you he will do to Natalie. Natalie shouldn’t left la for him if he was going to quit the ballet in paris. She knew better.

  • Ariana

    He only was able to get this gig because he was married to Natalie Portman. He was lucky to have knocked her up and hit the lottery with her. I always thought he seemed shady and scuzzy. Portman really deserves better then him.
    Not surprised he ‘left’. He didn’t seem to be doing much either, hence why he looks fat. He must have been fired for being lazy and rude. Even during Black Swan, people said he was rude and terrible to work with. He dumped his long-time girlfriend to pursue Natalie.

  • Ariana

    I think they will break up. Natalie should have married a better man this this POS named Ben. Its obvious he wasn’t doing much of a good job since he was already fired after 1 year.

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