A genuinely poetic and complex character.
Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer and the Director of the Opéra de Paris; as such, his life spans several time zones. Nor should we forget that he founded the dance troupe L.A. Dance Project, which now tours the planet performing ballet shows that he created, wrote and directed, or that this genuine ‘dancer 2.0’ has launched his own clothing line with Colette. All this is part of the charm appreciated by Richard Mille. Indeed, the choreographer loves watches as much as he does precious stones. A genuinely poetic and complex character. It is easy to find the parallels between his world and watchmaking. In creating a ballet, there are many constraints linked to form and tradition. As Benjamin Millepied, phrased it writing for ballet ‘plays on trajectories and highly structured, geometric writing.’ However, the dancer and the watchmaker are even more strongly linked by their artistic viewpoint. Benjamin has a strong, expert and clearly articulated creative process. He knows what it means to move an audience, to link one relationship to another.
The notion of time, the time that he imposes on himself to work on every detail, despite his hectic daily schedule, is essential in his eyes. Being a choreographer is like being a craftsman, like a watchmaker. ‘I love being able to talk about choreography in these terms,’ says Benjamin, ‘Because it is a job which demands a lot of technical skill. In dance, you always work with rhythm at the front of your mind, the question of rhythm is sometimes very complex.
As with watchmaking, you have to serve your apprenticeship.’ One day, this led him to wear a Richard Mille on his wrist. Energetic, charming and warm, Benjamin Millepied perfectly embodies a new generation, at the crossroads between classical ballet and modern dance. He is at ease in both environments, since he fully appreciates and understands both worlds.