Receiving overwhelming critical acclaim, as well as screening in the official selection at the Tribeca Festival 2016, Reset retraces Benjamin Millepied’s experiences as ballet director of the Paris Opera.
Thirty-three minutes. That was the duration of the first ballet created for the new season by Benjamin Millepied as director of dance at the Opéra National de Paris (Paris Opera Ballet). Thanks to his experience in America—as well as his youth, reputation, and sense of communication—Millepied is shaking up this prestigious institution. His intentions are clear: ballet as a tradition is in need of renewal, and this change should take place at each stage of the creative process.
It all starts with a simple, perfectly square gray box. This will form the set for his first show, with just a bank of lights picking out the space for the dancers. Millepied selected his dancers from the corps de ballet. There are no stars or lead dancers on stage. Through his headphones, Millepied listens to the music written by his friend, the young American composer Nico Muhly. He films his quest for movements in the mirror with his phone, then writes down the steps in a notebook.
This is how “Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward” was conceived of, sketched out, and ultimately, performed. Benjamin Millepied allowed Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai to follow his every step during the creative process, from his initial ideas through rehearsals and up to the gala premiere. This immersion provides an insight into his creativity, modernity, and abundant energy. We discover his approach to choreography but also witness his relationship with the dancers and how he takes on the administration of such a venerable institution.
Director: Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
Cast: Benjamin Millepied