Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied, who choreograph the Oscar-winning movie ‘Black Swan,’ has been named the Director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Millepied is a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet who left in 2011 to create his own dance company in Los Angeles, L.A. Dance Project, after the success of ‘Black Swan.’ He’ll start at the Paris company in October 2014, when the current dance director, Brigitte Lefevre, retires.

“I will keep the things that seem strong and solid and I have the chance to rethink certain other things,” Millepied stated to the Figaro newspaper on Thursday.

The Paris Opera Ballet, founded in the days of Louis XIV, is the oldest ballet company in the world and known for its respect, bordering on reverence, for traditional repertory.