The Los Angeles Times
Here Millepied soloed, wearing white pants and T-shirt. He'd danced with New York City Ballet, and in "Black Swan," but not since, and not like this: wildly, compulsively, furiously, all about the Benjamin. Wells eventually joined him and they led everyone into the largest hall for a series of flashy, uneventful duets (no real connection or inspiration). At one point, they soloed on opposite sides of an enormous partition, and you couldn't see both of them unless you stood along the edge of it — not an ideal vantage point.
A crush of several hundred spectators tried to position themselves on the white carpet (itself an abstract artwork by Rudolf Stingel) for the best view of Millepied and partner Amanda Wells, who until recently was a leading dancer with Stephen Petronio Company. How not to get in the way or kicked in the head? It was dicey. A videographer trailed the action. A forest of raised cell phones made it hard to find good sightlines. Millepied's romantic partner Natalie Portman was there, but no big deal. Also spotted, and a bigger deal, perhaps, was embattled museum director Jeffrey Deitch, the center of a recent firestorm over the firing of chief curator Paul Schimmel, who was also there, receiving many greetings.