Documenting the collaboration between Benjamin Millepied, found of the L.A. Dance Project, and L.A.-based artist Mark Bradford, Framework is a live performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art exploring the unique stories, tones and impulses that give life to their work.
Bradford and Millepied collaborated in two 30-minute site-specific duets held in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s galleries. L.A. Dance Project member Amanda Wells danced with Millepied as Bradford narrated and had two of his large paintings included in MOCA’s “The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, “one goal of his L.A. Dance Project, formed earlier this year, is to present dance outside the traditional confines of theater walls.” Millepied believes MOCA is a perfect place to start. Millepied, who is married to actress Natalie Portman said, “I like the idea of really engaging people in different ways, so by not necessarily just performing in theaters – that’s been the goal all along in what I’m trying to do here.”
Thinking back to where he grew his appreciation for movement and dancing to music, Millepied says growing in in Senegal, he had neighbors who were drummers and his mother taught dance and he was always a very physical child in the first place.
Bradford says in MOCAtv’s new video about the collaboration Framework, “I know that there’s some type of energy, a tone, that my work has that is just inherent in the work. I don’t know where that comes from. I think every artist has a tone to their work, a tone to their dancing. … I’m not really trying to make sense of the world. I don’t really care to make sense of the world because I think it’s more interesting when you don’t try to make sense of things.”
Bringing together Bradford’s paintings and Millepied’s choreography, Framework “illustrates the beauty and power of movement as it resonates within both figure and frame,” according to MOCAtv, the museums YouTube channel.