MUTANT STAGE 6
On the second floor of the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, two dancers move on poles fixed amongst spars, concrete beams and scaffolding. Their silhouettes are reflected on the bright glass windows – fluid and agile shadows performing choreographed gestures and poses. Co-directed by Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron, the sixth Mutant Stage film gives life to the construction site located 9 rue du Plâtre, revealing its dark, metallic and graphic beauty.
AMÉLIE COUILLAUD ET DIMITRI CHAMBLAS
Amélie Couillaud and Dimitri Chamblas initiate and produce films in collaboration with artists from various fields, particularly from the field of choreography. Wishing for each film to be a performance, they develop projects that displace dance’s usual spaces and bring together multiple partners, not just at the conception stage, but also during production and distribution.
FRÉDÉRIC LEBAIN & GRÉGOIRE PÉDRON
Frédéric Lebain, photographer and director, and Grégoire Pédron, co-director and editor, have been collaborating for years for commercial and fashion films (Hermès, Lacoste, Faliero Sarti, John Galliano...) in a handcrafted and off-the-wall spirit.
Manuela Carneiro, a self-taught dancer, rapidly gained recognition in pole dancing: in 2008 she placed second in European Championships, third in the 2010 European Pole Dance Championship (Champion of Champion category), and fifth at the Pole Art 2011 competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in this field. Furthermore, in 2011 and 2013, she was named runner-up champion of France. She has collaborated with various artists such as Florence Foresti, Bruno Marignan, or Joseph Bouglione. She participated in several TV documentaries to promote pole dancing. In 2014, she launched her own agency, In da house, dedicated to pole dance choreography and pedagogy.
Keem S-Martinez studied dance at the Conservatoire national de danse d'Avignon and integrated its Junior Ballet. A few years later, he participated in several musicals and then became a member of the Pal Frenak dance company. He discovered pole dancing in 2006 and started practicing competitively. He became the French Champion in 2008 and 2014, and World Champion in 2012. He stopped competing in 2014 and has since become a coach and artistic director for performances and shows.
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 Anticipation – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette
Shot on location as part of its building renovation project.
Mutant Stage 6
A ﬁlm by Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron, with Manuela Carneiro and Keem S-Martinez
Director of photography:
Editing and post-production:
Caroline Chaspoul and Eduardo Henriquez
Production Casoar + Fondation d’entreprises Galeries Lafayette
Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, Data, Citynove, Artelia
With special thanks to: Florence Bourgès-Maunoury, Barbara Soyer, Valérie et Jean
🎞 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