L.A. Dance Project. Photo by Benjamin Millepied.


The Chinati Foundation is pleased to announce a series of performances by L.A. Dance Project, with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, that have been conceived in response to Chinati’s collection and that will be performed in situ at the museum and streamed live on the web. Beginning on May 22, 2017, L.A. Dance Project will be in residence in Marfa, Texas for several days of rehearsal, culminating in three days of performances on Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29. Each day’s performance will begin at 2:00 PM (Central Time) / 9:00 PM (CEST, GMT +2) and be streamed live on the video platform Periscope.

L.A. Dance Project was co-founded in 2012 by the dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied to create new work in collaboration with visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers. Regarding the works the company will perform at Chinati, Millepied states: “A few years ago I had the opportunity of visiting the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, founded by Donald Judd. While I was accustomed to the work of Judd, seeing it up close in Marfa was a revelation. His work and vision made sense in a way I couldn’t have anticipated and it was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life. I quickly began to imagine creating site-specific dances in the museum’s spaces. With the recent arrival of live public platforms like Periscope comes the opportunity to broadcast worldwide. We have created eight dances in eight locations at Chinati, all set to scores by American composers including John Adams, Michael Galasso, Charles Ives, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, and Steve Reich. The movements of the dancers will be filmed by a moving camera acting as an additional dancer, and will give the opportunity for many people to encounter the work of Judd and the artists in the Chinati Foundation collection.”

Donald Judd had a long-time interest in modern dance and designed the costumes and sets for Trisha Brown’s 1987 piece Newark (NIWEWEORCE). In recent years Chinati has hosted residencies and performances for choreographers and dance companies such as Armitage Gone!, Entreflamenco, and Jen Rosenblit. Chinati’s engagement with artists working in a variety of mediums reflects and extends Judd’s vision for Marfa as a place where artists have time and space to create.

At Chinati, L.A. Dance Project will create pieces in response to installations in the museum’s permanent collection. An open rehearsal will be held in the Arena for members of the Marfa community on Friday, May 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The live stream of the performances on Saturday, May 27 (5:00 PM CST), Sunday, May 28 (6:00 PM CST), and Monday, May 29  (7:00 PM CST) will be hosted on Periscope and may be viewed by accessing or by following a link on the Chinati website.

L.A. Dance Project’s performances at Chinati are supported by a partnership with Periscope and with the generous support of Van Cleef & Arpels.

Donald Judd, untitled works in concrete, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX. Photo by Douglas Tuck.
© Judd Foundation / Licensed by ARS, NYC.


The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati was created by the artist Donald Judd (1928-1994) as a unique art museum where large-scale works of art or large groups of work by a limited number of artists are installed on a permanent basis according to each artist’s specifications. It was Judd’s goal to bring art, architecture, and the land together to form a coherent whole. Judd believed in the purity of art and its intrinsic value for humans. He situated his museum in Marfa, Texas, believing that the remoteness and vast open spaces of the locale enhanced viewers’ experience of the artworks. In addition to installations by Judd, Dan Flavin, and John Chamberlain, the collection includes works by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Roni Horn, Robert Irwin, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch, and John Wesley. Chinati’s mission is to preserve Judd’s vision by conserving the collection and making it available to the public, while maintaining the educational programs Judd initiated, including symposia, temporary exhibitions, artist residencies, internships, and publications.
L.A. Dance Project was founded in 2012 by choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, along with composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, art consultant Matthieu Humery, and founding producer Charles Fabius. L.A. Dance Project’s mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues as well as site-specific performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers. L.A. Dance Project also promotes the work of emerging and established creators, contributing to new platforms for dance.
Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1906 in Paris at 22 Place Vendôme. The High Jewelry Maison has a long history of supporting dance, including George Balanchine’s ballet Jewels, which was performed by the New York City Ballet in 1967. Its previous collaboration with Benjamin Millepied and L.A. Dance Project, the Gems trilogy, debuted in 2013 with Reflections at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with a score by David Lang and a set and costumes by Barbara Kruger. In 2014, the second chapter, Hearts & Arrows, was first performed at the Olympia Theater in Miami in collaboration with the artist Liam Gillick and composer Philip Glass. The final installment, On the other side, was premiered in 2016 at Sadler’s Wells in London with a score by Philip Glass, costumes by Mark Bradford, and scenery by Alessandro Sartori.

Location and Contact
The Chinati Foundation
1 Cavalry Row, PO Box 1135, Marfa, Texas 79843

Hours and Admission
The museum is open every Wednesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm with a selection of docent-led tours or self-guided viewing options available. Admission prices vary. For more information visit our website at or call Visitor Services at 432-729-4362.

Press Contact
The Chinati Foundation
Jessica Lutz, Communications Coordinator, or 432-729-4362.

L.A. Dance Project
Rebecca Misselwitz

Van Cleef & Arpels
Sibylle Gallardo-Jammes / Azza Ben Yahmed


L.A. Dance Project’s residency at Chinati was made possible with generous support from Van Cleef and Arpels, Matt and Mikelle Kruger, Matthew Goudeau, Jenny and Trey Laird, Periscope, and the Chinati Contemporary Council.