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Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project Makes Debut

Van Cleef & Arpels sponsored the inaugural performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday.

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DANCE CARD: The Emmys weren’t the only game in town in Los Angeles over the weekend. Fine jewelry purveyor Van Cleef & Arpels marked its fourth decade of supporting the art of dance by sponsoring L.A. Dance Project’s inaugural performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday. Founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, videographer Dimitri Chamblas and artistic producer Charles Fabius, L.A. Dance Project held its world debut of “Moving Parts” with costumes designed by Rodarte, sandwiched between an intimate three-course dinner hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels chief executive officer and creative director Nicolas Bos in the hall’s Founders Room and an after party attended by the likes of Rashida Jones and Jeffrey Deitch.


“Collaboration, I find, in history has delivered some very unique works that are important in the culture of art,” said Millepied, who now lives in L.A. with wife Natalie Portman. The newly blonde Portman happily assumed wifely duties for Millepied’s big night by greeting guests like Mindy Kaling, who arrived right before the miso-glazed black cod entrees were served to sit next to Portman’s father, Avner Hershlag. “He’s an ob/gyn and I’m getting free research for my role [in ‘The Mindy Project’],” Kaling said of her tablemate.


The performance allowed Jaime King and Dita Von Teese to reminisce about their childhood dance lessons. “I ended up being a burlesque star after being a failed ballerina,” said Von Teese. Robert Pattinson, who’s following up his reign as “Twilight” heartthrob with an upcoming role in “The Rover,” a futuristic Western from director David Michôd, preferred to leave the dancing to the pros. “I like watching it,” he said, “but I’m a terrible dancer.

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