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 in the 9 rue du Plâtre construction site, still void of its future glass tower. Exclusively filmed on the site’s patio, this eighth episode of the Mutant Stage series sets free from the piece’s original choreography, this time revealing itself through a low definition image and crystal-clear music composed by Jonathan Fitoussi.
“This project began less than a year ago with a meeting - a choreography staged and performed by Marie-Agnès and Dimitri in my studio. 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 music differs from the live version performed by Bertrand Bonnello, echoing the distance between my vision as a film director and a film in which the movements do not belong to me.” - Xavier Veilhan
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.
Dimitri Chamblas joined the Paris Opéra school of dance 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 organise 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 Opéra national de Paris repertoire. 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 spaces outside traditional production processes.
In 2011, he was also consulted by Benjamin 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 such as Alex Prager, Glen Keane, Mathieu Amalric, Xavier Veilhan, Bret Easton Ellis, Julien Prévieux, Guillaume Forsythe, Rubber Legz, United Artists, Bertrand Bonello to conceive original artworks.
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.
In 2017, Dimitri Chamblas was named Dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts in California.
On 18 March 2004, Marie-Agnès Gillot became the first Principal Dancer to be nominated for performing in a contemporary choreography 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 and Damien Jalet. In 2007, when Sophie Calle, represented France at the Venice Biennale, Marie-Agnès Gillot performed Prenez Soin De Vous. She also danced with live 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 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 Opéra de Paris.
In November 2009, she organised a flash mob under the Louvre pyramid for a 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.
Marie-Agnès Gillot 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 initiated by Amélie Couillard and Dimitri Chamblas, and produced by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette during the renovation of its 9 rue du Plâtre building between 2015 to 2018.
Throughout the renovation conducted by OMA and Rem Koolhaas, and until the public opening of the Fondation at the beginning of 2018, the 9 rue du Plâtre building is the object of an investigation into its own mutation. The evolving architecture is measured over the months by in situ encounters between directors and performers. Each shoot serves the opportunity for a different encounter that sets bodies and matter into motion, breathing life into the changing building.
AMéLIE COUILLAUD ET DIMITRI CHAMBLAS
Amélie Couillaud and Dimitri Chamblas initiate and produce projects in cooperation with artists from various fields, particularly from the field of choreography, to displace the usual spaces of dance and bring together multiple partners, not just at the conception stage, but also during production and distribution.
A series curated and produced by Amélie Couillaud et Dimitri Chamblas
A film series by Lafayette Anticipations – 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" by Jonathan Fitoussi
Editing and post-production:
Atelier Xavier Veilhan
Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, DATA, Citynove, Artelia
🎞 Mutant Stage 5, "Cavern", by Louise Hémon with Alix Eynaudi and Matthieu Barbin
🎞 Mutant Stage 4, Korovod, by Olga Dukhovnaya et Konstantin Lipatov, with Amalia Alba, Florence Casanave, Olga Dukhovnaya, Lisa Miramond, Annabelle Pirlot
🎞 Mutant Stage 3, by and with Benjamin Millepied
🎞 Mutant Stage 2, by Elen Usdin with Jung-Ae Kim