MUTANT STAGE 8
Between the outstretched arms of a basket crane, Marie-Agnès Gillot and Dimitri Chamblas dance gently in front of Xavier Veilhan's low-tech camera. The eighth episode of the Mutant Stage series sets free from the initial choreography revealing itself through a low definition image and crystal-clear music by Jonathan Fitoussi.
“This project began with a meeting, a choreography staged and performed by Marie-Agnès and Dimitri in my studio less than a year ago. For the first time I worked from an existing piece, a situation that I had not completely created myself. So I had to integrate a form of lyricism and sensuality, which differ from my normal tone. The quality of the image and the music differs from the live version by Bertrand Bonnello and echoes the distance between my vision as a film director and a film in which the movements do not belong to me.”
French artist Xavier Veilhan (born in 1963, lives and works in Paris) has been developing since the mid-1980s, an extensive work defined by his interest in both the vocabulary of modernity and classical statuary, to which he has given his own contemporary interpretation.
His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, notably in 2009 at the Château de Versailles (Veilhan Versailles). Between 2012 and 2014 he developed Architectones, a series of interventions that highlights a continuing dialogue between art and architecture in seven modernist buildings around the world. In 2015, this architectural investigation was followed by two films Vent Moderne (La Villette) and Matching Numbers (La 3e Scène - Opéra national de Paris).
His last performance SYSTEMA OCCAM (2013) for a musical composition by Eliane Radigue was shown in New York, Marseille, Nantes and Paris. Xavier Veilhan has been selected to represent France at the 57th Venice Biennale (May - November 2017) with his project Studio Venezia, curated by Lionel Bovier and Christian Marclay and supported by Groupe Galeries Lafayette.
AMÉLIE COUILLAUD ET DIMITRI CHAMBLAS
Dimitri Chamblas and Amélie Couillaud initiate and produce projects in cooperation with artists from various fields, particularly from the field of choreography, to displace dance’s usual spaces and bring together multiple partners, not just at the conception stage, but also during production and distribution.
Dimitri Chamblas joined The Paris Opera School at the age of ten, and then continued, studying contemporary dance at the Conservatoire National de Lyon.He danced with many choreographers such as Emmanuelle Huynh, Boris Charmatz, Le Ballet Atlantique Régine Chopinot and Mathilde Monnier. He worked with Jean-Paul Gaultier, Andy Goldsworthy, Jean le Gac and composer Heiner Goebbels.
In 1992, he co-founded EDNA with the choreographer Boris Charmatz. Together, they organized events, performances and exhibitions. Their duo À bras-le-corps has been performed in world-renowned theaters and festivals all over the world, and has just entered the repertoire of Opéra national de Paris. They also choreographed Les Disparates, a solo for Boris Charmatz. In 1996, together with Mathilde Monnier, Dimitri Chamblas created the "research and writing residence", an opportunity for artists to establish personal creative space outside of the traditional production process.
In 2011, he was also consulted by Millepied to elaborate the Los Angeles Dance Project. In 2013 Dimitri Chamblas was nominated artistic director of the 3e Scène - Opéra national de Paris. He founded this creative digital platform by inviting artists to commissioning to conceive original artworks as Alex Prager, Glen Keane, Mathieu Amalric, Xavier Veilhan, Bret Easton Ellis, Julien Prévieux, Guillaume Forsythe, Rubber Legz, United Artists, Bertrand Bonello.
In 2016, he launched Studio Dimitri Chamblas, an umbrella organisation which includes his projects and collaborations, of which the duo with Marie-Agnès Gillot, a principal dancer, is a part. Included also his participation in Boris Charmatz’s new creation for the Volksbühne in Berlin and a project with the architect François Perrin for the Performa Biennial in New York.
On 18 March 2004, Marie-Agnès Gillot became the first Principal Dancer to be nominated for dancing a contemporary ballet at the Opéra national de Paris, following her performance of Signes by Carolyn Carlson.
Marie-Agnès Gillot, a faithful interpreter of the great classical ballets, is highly sought after by contemporary choreographers. She blends power and fragility, alternating between the femme fatale and characters that are romantic, cruel and impertinent. She has contributed her virtuoso technique to works by Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, Edouard Lock, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet. For Sophie Calle, who represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2007, she performed Prenez Soin De Vous, and danced with real swans in Luc Petton’s ballet Swan at the Chaillot Theatre in 2012.
Marie-Agnès Gillot exhibits similarly eclectic tastes in her choreography. In 2007, her choreography Rares Différences gained attention and was performed at the Suresnes Cités Danse festival.
In 2009, she created ART ÈRE, to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque, for the Junior Ballet at the Paris Conservatory. Two of her works were exhibited at Palais de Tokyo. In 2011 she appeared on stage alongside Alice Renavand at the Un Violon sur le Sable festival in Royan, France, in two pieces: Blanche Marine, which she choreographed to the music of Aquarium from Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, and Black Back, to the music of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. In October 2012 she presented Sous Apparence, her first original work for the Opera Ballet Paris.
In November 2009 she organised a flash mob under the Louvre pyramid in aid of children’s charity La Chaîne de l’Espoir. She also works with an AIDS charity, ICCARRE, for which she choreographed a duet performed with Blanca Li at a fundraiser held at Maison Jean-Paul Gaultier in December 2014.
She is a Dame of the Legion of Honour, the Order of Merit, and the Order of Arts and Letter.
THE MUTANT STAGE PROJECT
Mutant Stage is a series of choreographed short films produced by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette during the renovation of its building between 2015 to 2017.
Seven films have already been produced; they were directed respectively by Wendy Morgan, Elen Usdin, Benjamin Millepied and Olga Dukhovnaya & Konstantin Lipatov, Louise Hémon, Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron, (LA)HORDE (Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer & Arthur Harel). Volmir Cordeiro, Pauline Simon, Jung-Ae Kim, Amalia Alba, Florence Casanave, Lisa Miramond, Annabelle Pirlot, Olga Dukhovnaya, Benjamin Millepied, Alix Eynaudi, Matthieu Barbin, Manuela Carneiro and Keem-S Martinez, Jakub Moravec, Jakub Sonnek, Michal Zdražil have already danced in the Fondation’s future site.
Throughout the renovation conducted by OMA and Rem Koolhaas, and until the public opening of the Fondation in 2018, the building located 9 rue du Plâtre is the object of an investigation into its own mutation as the evolving architecture is measured over the months by in situ encounters between directors and performers. Initiated by the Fondation with the curators Amélie Couillaud and Dimitri Chamblas, each shoot is the opportunity for a different encounter that sets bodies and matter into motion, animating the changing building.
Mutant Stage stems from Lafayette Anticipations’ pre-launch programme, open to emerging performance art and contemporary dance scenes. Thus Mutant Stage pulses both within the building and beyond into the centre of the city. The title of the project is inspired by a Rem Koolhaas expression that encapsulates the essence of Lafayette Anticipations’ building performative architecture and the commitment of the institution to the hybridisation of art and life. Each film in the collection, shaped by the visual vocabulary of dance, cinema and architecture, is a singular object, existing in multiple fields at once. As such, 9 rue du Plâtre remains a space for invitation and experimentation, a building in motion.
A series curated and produced by Amélie Couillaud et Dimitri Chamblas
A film series by Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette
Shot on location as part of its building renovation project.
Mutant Stage 7
A film by Xavier Veilhan
With Marie-Agnès Gillot and Dimitri Chamblas
"Silences" de Jonathan Fitoussi
Editing & Post-production
Atelier Xavier Veilhan
Production Casoar + Fondation d’entreprises Galeries Lafayette
Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, DATA, Citynove, Artelia