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.
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. Four films have already been produced; they were directed respectively by Wendy Morgan, Elen Usdin, Benjamin Millepied and Olga Dukhovnaya & Konstantin Lipatov, with dancers such as Amalia Alba, Florence Casanave, Lisa Miramond, Annabelle Pirlot, Jung-Ae Kim, Volmir Cordeiro and Pauline Simon.
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.
A film by Olga Dukhovnaya and Konstantin Lipatov from the performance Korowod
With Amalia Alba, Florence Casanave, Olga Dukhovnaya, Lisa Miramond, Annabelle Pirlot
Director of photography:
Make-up and hair:
Gaffer Harry Arnaud
Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, Data, Citynove, Artelia