A FILM BY AND WITH BENJAMIN MILLEPIED
For the third film in the series, Benjamin Millepied occupies the Fondation Galeries Lafayette’s restoration site.
Director of Paris Opera Ballet since 2014, Benjamin Millepied responded to this invitation by simultaneously taking on the roles of choreographer, dancer and director. Personifying the building’s ubiquity, in black and white he reveals the state of transition of the spaces being cleaned up at 9 rue du Plâtre. The building site, steeped in an architectural, chromatic and choreographic interim, is gently exhibited to the public.
Whereas the previous films, respectively directed by Wendy Morgan and Elen Usdin, still carried traces of the building’s previous uses, in the third film, the building under Benjamin Millepied’s eyes and steps is revealed as a skeleton of dust and steel. Initially used as a warehouse for BHV, then becoming a dispensary, a girls’ school and more recently a further education prep school, 9 rue du Plâtre finally appears naked. Thus this Mutant Stage brings the architecture back to its simplest posture, with nothing remaining but lines, material and light.
AMELIE 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.
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 produced by the Fondation Galeries Lafayette during the renovation of its building.
Throughout the works, and until the public opening of the Foundation 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 through the in situ encounters of directors and performers.
Mutant Stage is part of the Lafayette Anticipation programme, which is open to emerging scenes in performance and contemporary dance.
Each shoot is the opportunity for a different encounter, initiated by the Foundation with the curators Amélie Couillaud and Dimitri Chamblas, 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 3
A film by and with Benjamin Millepied
Creative Assistant Director:
Director of Photography:
Suite en la n°7 by Rameau
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
© harmonia mundi s.a., 2015
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