MUTANT STAGE 7, "Cloud Chasers"
Throughout this exploration of smoke sculptures created by cloud chasers, (LA)HORDE seeks to give shape to a latent moment within the Foundation’s transition.
The smoke occupies the space with a volatile and magical aesthetic, exploring its potential to welcome artworks and artistic projects in development. It bears witness to a space in mutation, whose shapes are not yet defined.
The cloud chaser’s posture, a new generation smoker, embodies an active expectation which gives rise to an artistic exploration and emphasizes that the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette already exists, and that pieces are created within it.
This film wishes to be a surprising and unexpected response to Lafayette Anticipation’s commission, offering a radical gesture stemming from a different kind of dance and questioning of spaces for creation.
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.
(LA)HORDE is composed of three artist-directors:
Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer and Arthur Harel.
A heterarchical structure, in which interrelation and cooperation between members is favoured akin to bottom-up structures.
Its field of action is directed toward exchange and questioning the codes of various artistic disciplines, namely in the realms of performance and contemporary art. As such, (LA)HORDE’s repertoire is multiform and, since 2011, has developed choreographic pieces, installations, films and performances.
THE MUTANT STAGE PROJECT
Mutant Stage is a series of choreographed short films produced by Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette during the renovation of its building between 2015 to 2017. Six films have already been produced; they were directed respectively by Wendy Morgan, Elen Usdin, Benjamin Millepied, Olga Dukhovnaya & Konstantin Lipatov, Louise Hémon, Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron with dancers such as Amalia Alba, Florence Casanave, Lisa Miramond, Annabelle Pirlot, Jung-Ae Kim, Volmir Cordeiro, Pauline Simon, Alix Eynoudi, Matthieu Barbin, Keem-S Martinez and Manuela Carneiro.
Throughout the renovation conducted by OMA and Rem Koolhaas, and until the public opening of the Fondation in 2017, the building at 9 rue du Plâtre will be the object of an investigation into its own mutation as the evolving architecture is measured over the months by in situ encounters of 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" is in conjunction with a program of emerging performance scenes in contemporary dance by Lafayette Anticipation.
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 Anticipation’s 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. In this way, 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 (LA)HORDE, Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel
With Jakub Moravec, Jakub Sonnek, Michal Zdražil and Aymeric Barraban, Patrick Bedué, Julien Berrebi, Elodie Clairin, Céline Fantino, Tristan Gac, Gabriel Keslassy, Adrian Mabileau, Julian Saint-Hilaire
First assistant director: Héloïse Lesimple Second assistant director: Louis Kiock Stylism : Lily Sato, "Bleu de costume", design by Jean-Luc Moulène, produced by BHV Director of photography:
First assistant camera:
Jodie Arnoux Second assistant camera:
Antoine Vie, Sylvain Chaux Steadicamer: Guillaume Quilichini Gaffer: Perrine Lauras Grip: Paul Ghafoorian Sound recording: Silvino Guarda Becerra
Firm Studio / Manual Béard Post-production manager: Lisa Barbier Editing: Edouard Mailaender
Arthur Boisseau Color-grading: Bertrand Duval
"Defeat", de OKLou Sound mixing: Pierre Aviat Sound mix: Studio 64
Production Casoar + Fondation d’entreprises Galeries Lafayette
Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, Data, Citynove, Artelia
Acknowledgments: Jean-Luc Moulène, Le Plombier Volant, VANTAGE, TSF, Transpalux, Flam&co, la MPAA Broussais, Euro Costumes, John Kôôl, Quentin Kôôl