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. 


Brazilian-born, Paris-based choreographer Volmir Cordeiro (b. 1987, lives and works in Paris) trained at Centre National de Danse Contemporaine-Angers is currently working on a PhD thesis on figures of marginality in contemporary dance at Paris VIII University. Cordeiro’s studies and time spent in the favelas of Rio with Lia Rodrigues’ company inspired a desire to bring to life those who are “condemned to weaken, disappear, derail.”

In previous works Cordeiro has shown a strong interest in exploring the physicality of marginal and underprivileged figures such precarious workers, displaced intellectuals, disengaged and immigrants. Cordeiro took part in Xavier Le Roy’s live exhibition Retrospective in Rio de Janeiro (Panorama festival, 2013) and Paris (Centre Pompidou, 2014). 

the mutant stage project

“Mutant Stage” is a series of choreographed short films produced by the Fondation Galeries Lafayette during the renovation of its building between September 2014 and March 2016. The curation and production of the films has been entrusted to Same Art.

Throughout the works, and until the public opening of the Foundation, 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 through the in situ encounters of directors and performers.

“Mutant Stage” is part of the Lafayette Anticipation programme, which is open, more than ever before, to emerging scenes in performance and contemporary dance. Each shoot is the opportunity for a different encounter, initiated by the Foundation and Same Art, for setting bodies and matter in motion.

Thus, “Mutant Stage” pulses both within the building and beyond, into the centre of the city. The title of the project is inspired by an expression of Rem Koolhaas’ which encapsulates both the essence of 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 at once a unique and multiple object. 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 1
A film by Wendy Morgan
With Volmir Cordeiro and Pauline Simon

Director of photography: 
Sylvestre Dedise
Camera assistant: 
Maëlle Lavillaureix
Sound recording:
Silvino Guarda Becerra
Louise Coutin
Nassim Gouaini
Maxime Pozzi-Garcia
Music and sound design:
Pierre Avia
Colour grading: 
Nicolas Gautier 

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