Benjamin Millepied became something of a household name when he choreographed the Oscar winning Natalie Portman / Mila Kunis movie, Black Swan. It was there that he first met Portman, and three years later they are married with a child. Life continues to move quickly for the talented couple as, in what has been described as a 'surprising move' been given the job of 'Director of the Paris Opera Ballet', meaning he and the family are relocating to the the most romantic city in the world, Paris, in 2014.
As Sarah Crompton, from the Telegraph, says, it was expected that someone already working at the company would fulfil the role. However, clearly no one is as good as Millepied so the role has been offered to him instead. The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the oldest and most esteemed of its kind in the world.
Speaking to the New York Times he was clearly as surprised (if not more so) as the rest of us: "I certainly knew about the position, but I also knew that there were candidates from within the company," he said. "I was surprised, but I felt very quickly that the artistic dialogue between us was an exciting one. After a while I did feel there was a really good chance I might get the position. Which made my head spin."
And if getting the job didn't really make his head spin, now having the daunting task of choreographing 150 dancers and maintaining the impeccable reputation of the theatre certainly will. If Black Swan is anything to go by, he may not be the most obvious choice, but he is the best one.