Mutant Stage 9

Photos: © Stéphane Perche © Casoar / Lafayette Anticipations


“This movie stems from the impression we had during our first site visit in February
2017: the building was incomplete, rugged, brutal, but also seductive and gasping, with
a repetitive architecture. By extrapolation, these first associations gave birth to our
desire to work on rhythm, and to include live and percussive music in the film. We
collaborated in a very impulsive and organic manner; improvisation became our modus
operandi. The film is the result of this physical and dynamic interaction between a
construction site, a dancer, a drummer and a camera.” - Lukas Dhont and Jan Martens


Lukas Dhont was born in Ghent, Belgium. He graduated with a diploma in audio-visual arts from the KASK Academy in Ghent. His short films, Corps Perdu and L’Infini, received numerous prizes, namely from the Ghent Film Festival and the Louvain International Short Film Festival. L’Infini also qualified for the Oscars in
2015. Throughout his studies, he focused on fiction but also explored the possibilities offered by the documentary genre. His short film, Skin of Glass, was selected in 2012 for the Your Film Festival in Venice. In 2016, Lukas Dhont was the winner of the Cinéfondation residency in Cannes, recognised for writing his first feature
film Another Skin, currently in production. This piece combines themes the filmmaker has already explored, including: dance, transformation and identity. Lukas Dhont
collaborates regularly with choreographer and dancer Jan Martens with whom he co-signed a performance titled The Common People.


Jan Martens (Belgium, 1984) studied at the Fontys Dance Academy in Tilburg and is a dance graduate of the Artesis Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. He has performed with Mor Shani, Tuur Marinus, Ann Van den Broek, amongst other artists. In 2009, he began his own choreographic work. He has been hosted in this capacity by Frascati, ICKamsterdam, CAMPO and DansBrabant. In 2014, together with business leader Klaartje Oerlemans, he founded GRIP in Antwerp/Rotterdam, where his work is currently organised and distributed. Throughout the years, he has created numerous and diverse pieces such as SWEAT BABY SWEAT (2011), VICTOR (2013), THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER (2014) ,THE COMMON PEOPLE (2016) and RULE OF THREE (2017). His work is regularly performed in Flanders, the Netherlands, France and Germany, and can also be seen at festivals and theaters, including the Dampfzentrale Bern, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Dance Umbrella London, Tanz Im August, Tanzquartier Vienna, Usine-C Montréal,
Dansenshus Stockholm and Dansehallerne Copenhagen. Between the summers of 2016 and 2018, Jan Martens is an Associate Artist at Le Gymnase CDC in Roubaix, Nord Pas de Calais. He is also Creative Associate at deSingel International Arts Campus until 2021. Jan Martens was awarded the Dance award from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds North Brabant in 2013 and the prestigious Charlotte Köhler prize in 2015 for his artistic work.

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 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 by Amélie Couillaud et Dimitri Chamblas

A film series produced by Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette
Shot on location as part of its building renovation project.

Mutant Stage 9 by Lukas Dhont with Jan Martens
Music by NAH

Alexandre Jamin

First assistant camera:
Vincent Flornoy

Second assistant camera:
Fabien Domingues

Victor Abadia

Guillian Verstiggel

Sound recording:
Silvino Guarda Becerra

Jean-Baptiste Muffat

Production manager:
Sandra Orain

Set photographer:  
Stéphane Perche

Sound design:
Pierre Aviat

Firm Studio / Manuel Béard, Julie Perrono

Edouard Mailaender

Colour grading:
Nicolas Gautier

Sound mixing:
Studio 64

With special thanks to
Klaartje Oerlemans / GRIP, Kinou, Matthieu Plessis, Vantage, Panalux, Loca Images, Easy Backline, Full Motion

Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, DATA, Citynove, Artelia

🎞 Mutant Stage 8, by Xavier Veilhan with Marie-Agnès Gillot and Dimitri Chamblas

🎞 Mutant Stage 7, "Cloud Chasers", by (LA)HORDE [Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel] with Jakub Moravec, Jakub Sonnek and Michal Zdražil

🎞 Mutant Stage 6, "Cavern", by Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron with Manuela Carneiro and Keem S-Martinez 

🎞 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

🎞 Mutant Stage 1, by Wendy Morgan with Volmir Cordeiro and Pauline Simon