mutant stage 3
For the third episode of the series, Benjamin Millepied adopts simultaneously the roles of choreographer, dancer and director. By personifying the building’s ubiquitous nature, he reveals in black and white the state of transition of certain emptied spaces. The 9 rue du Plâtre, currently immersed in an architectural, chromatic and choreographic in-between, is exposed delicately to the audience.
The two previous Mutant Stage episodes carried the traces of the building’s former uses: a hat repair store, a school. Benjamin Millepied's lens and rhythm offer a new perspective on the bare space, now resembling a skeleton composed of dust and steel. As such, the third Mutant Stage episode distills the structure to its simplest form, where only lines, material and light remain.
Introduced to dance by his mother, a teacher of African and contemporary dance, Benjamin Millepied entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon where he studied with Michel Rahn. After having followed a course at the School of American Ballet, he joined the New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet in 1995. Promoted to soloist in 1998 and principal dancer in 2002, Benjamin Millepied has performed the principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and appeared in new works by Angelin Preljocaj, Mauro Bigonzetti, Alexei Ratmanski, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2010, he was choreographer and advisor for the Oscar-winning film Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky. In 2011, he left New York City Ballet and made five short dance films to cello pieces by Philip Glass and founded his own company in Los Angeles, “L.A. Dance Project”, a creative collective seeking to present dance in all its forms. Between 2014 and 2016 Benjamin Millepied is Director of Paris Opera Ballet.
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 3
A film by and with Benjamin Millepied
Creative assistant director:
Director of Photography:
Firm / Manuel Béard
Suite en la n°7 by Rameau
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
© harmonia mundi s.a., 2015
Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise 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 2, by Elen Usdin with Jung-Ae Kim