L.A. Dance Project, the new collective founded by Benjamin Millepied, has found a home in downtown. The fledgling group has established a full-time residence at Los Angeles Theatre Center, on Spring Street near 5th Street.
The dance collective will present new works throughout the city. Millepied, a former principal at New York City Ballet and the fiancé of actress Natalie Portman, has partnered with composer Nico Muhly, producer Charles Fabius and others to launch the group, with financial help from the Los Angeles Music Center.
L.A. Dance Project will present a new, site-specific piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art later this month. It also will perform as part of Dance at the Music Center's new season, Sept. 22-23 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The L.A. Theatre Center is owned by the city and is operated by the Latino Theater Company. In January, the City Council voted to terminate the theater company's lease, as well as the lease for the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture. Both organizations had been leasing from the city since 2006.