Aurélie Dupont in Paris Opéra Ballet’s Manon

The world’s oldest ballet company, Paris Opéra Ballet, will have a new leader in July: former POB ballerina Aurélie Dupont, who spent 32 years dancing with the company, 17 as an étoile (POB’s highest rank). She retired last year at age 42 and has served as a ballet mistress ever since.

Benjamin Millepied, POB artistic director since November 2014, resigns with plans to return to L.A. He will focus on his choreography and the contemporary troupe he established in 2012, L.A. Dance Project.

Photo by Marianne Bouzonie, courtesy of Paris Opéra Ballet

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Benjamin Millepied is bringing the 355-year-old Paris Opéra Ballet into the modern age with a new venture called 3e Scène (meaning “third stage”). Designed to reach a younger and more technologically savvy audience, 3e Scène is a virtual arts hub that offers original dance films, photographs and choreographic works. Nearly all of the works, including Millepied’s own contributions, feature company dancers or the Palais Garnier opera house. Additionally, the plan is to commission 30 original works of art each year. Millepied, a former New York City Ballet principal, became artistic director of Paris Opéra Ballet in 2014. To access 3e Scène, visit: operadeparis.fr/en/3e-scene.

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Körbes with Karel Cruz in one of her final rehearsals at PNB

The Los Angeles dance scene’s meteoric rise continues, with another major gain for the Golden Coast: the superlative Carla Körbes. We hadn’t finished drying our eyes following her retirement from Pacific Northwest Ballet earlier this month, when the announcement came she’d been appointed associate artistic director of L.A. Dance Project. While founding artistic director Benjamin Millepied is overseas running Paris Opéra Ballet, Körbes will be on-site, overseeing programming, casting and rehearsals.

She joins LADP managing director James Fayette, also associate director of the freshly launched Colburn Dance Academy, which trains pre-professional ballet students under the leadership of Fayette's wife, retired New York City Ballet principal Jenifer Ringer. (More on this in our July issue.)

And Körbes’ news comes on the heels of the announcement that American Ballet Theatre’s executive director Rachel S. Moore is also heading west as the new president and CEO of L.A.’s Music Center.

The migration continues! We can’t wait to see what Körbes achieves in her new role.

Photo by Lindsay Thomas, courtesy of photographer

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