News | NYCB - world premiere by benjamin millepied costumes designed by iris van herpen

The French choreographer and founder of the L.A. Dance Project, Benjamin Millepied, who danced with the New York City Ballet from 1995 to 2011, and will become the Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet in September 2014, will premiere his fifth work for NYCB as part of the Fall Gala evening. For the new ballet, Millepied will use a score called Drones and Viola, which was written for viola and piano by the prolific American composer Nico Muhly, who is a frequent collaborator with Millepied. The two artists previously worked with NYCB on the ballet Two Hearts, which premiered in 2012.
The costumes for Millepied's premiere will be designed by Iris van Herpen, the Dutch fashion designer who launched her eponymous fashion label in 2007 after graduating from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands and then interning with Alexander McQueen in London. ][Van Herpen, whose first passion is dance, frequently collaborates with artists from various disciplines, including the Dutch director and choreographer Nanine Linning, the London- based architect Daniel Widrig, and the Dutch architect Rem D. Koolhaas on his United Nude shoe brand. She has also designed for Lady Gaga, and collaborated with the Icelandic performer and artist Björk, who has worn van Herpen's designs for videos, photo shoots, and concert appearances. Van Herpen is a guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and was the first designer to introduce 3D printing technology to the world of fashion, with Time Magazine naming her 3D printed dresses as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011.

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