EIF Preview: LA Dance, Playhouse

Benjamin Millepied. Photo: Comp
Benjamin Millepied. Photo: Comp
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HE starred in the Oscar-winning movie Black Swan, which he also choreographed, and from next year Benjamin Millepied will be the new director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet. Before that, however, there’s a last chance tonight to see a programme of three ‘modern masterworks’ at the Playhouse, including Millepied’s Moving Parts.

One of the hottest names in dance, Millepied’s LA Dance Project is an artist collective he co-founded with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius and film producer Dimitri Chamblas.

Tonight’s programme is completed by Quintett and Winterbranch.

Quintett is choreographer William Forsythe’s seminal work, set to Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet - a moving final love letter to his wife before she died.

The second piece, Winterbranch, features a score by La Monte Young. Choreographed by Merce Cunningham, the dancers engage in a series of falls, in both slow and fast motion, eventually clustering together to fall and rise united as a cohesive group.

Bringing the evening to a close will be a new work by the group’s founding choreographer, Millepied.

LA Dance Project, Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £10-£30, 0131-473 2000