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Benjamin Millepied resigns as Paris Opera Ballet dance director, will return to Southern California

Benjamin Millepied resigns as Paris Opera Ballet dance director, will return to Southern California

In a surprise shake-up at one of the world's most revered dance institutions, Benjamin Millepied said Thursday that he will resign his position as the director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet after a little more than a year, citing personal reasons and his desire to devote himself entirely to artistic creation.

France's loss will be Los Angeles' gain: The star dancer and choreographer is planning to move back to Southern California, where he had lived with his wife, actress Natalie Portman, prior to joining the Paris company in 2014.

Millepied is a co-founder of L.A. Dance Project, an artist collective created four years ago that has...

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