"For the fifth film in the series, I chose to treat the construction site as a character, as a place of expedition. Landforms, gaps, contours and holes, reveal in snatches, an organic, ever changing space. The exploring-dancers roam through it, saying nothing of their purpose. Their bodies become one with it, outlined by the rustle of their plastic capes. Breaths overlap, footsteps fit together, clatters ring out, shapes echo. This breakthrough towards a mysterious initiation is accompanied by percussion that seems to answer the roaring rubble. At the end of the journey, everything remains suspended on the edge of the future building to come. The images evaporate between cold and heat; sound vanishes with a last breath.

Because it is both the fifth link in the "Mutant Stage" collection and a work in itself, I subtitled the film Cavern, highlighting the evocative power of its ephemeral setting that will have disappeared by the next episode."

Louise Hémon


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. 


Louise Hémon is a film director born in 1983. She studied at the Bologna Art University and at the Femis. The body in trance, caught between rituals and obsessions, and which could be anorexic, bodybuilt or marble-made , is central to her work, with a special attachment to the mythology and contemporary dance. After a first short fiction: Onze repas (2010) which was awarded at Festival of Aguilar (Spain) , she made experimental films and music videos. In 2014 , she produced a "documentary epic ," L’homme le plus fort, produced by Legato Films and Arte . In 2015, she co-wrote with Emilie Rousset a new short film Ritual 1: Anniversaire, produced by the Centre Pompidou. Her films are shown at international festivals such as Hot Docs Toronto, DokumentART , Côté Court , Off Piste or FIFIB in Bordeaux. 


Alix Eynaudi lives and works in Vienna. She was trained as a ballet dancer in the Opéra of Paris. She danced in various ballet companies before entering PARTS when the school first opened. In 1996, Alix joined Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker’s company Rosas where she worked for 7 years. Since 2005 Alix has been creating her own pieces: Crystall, in collaboration with Alice Chauchat (2005), Supernaturel (2007), Long Long Short Long
Short (2009), in collaboration with Agata Maszkiewicz. In 2011, she leads, together with Kris Verdonck, a research on the benefits of sleep and rest, which will turn into Exit (2011), a solo in which she puts the audience to sleep. In 2012, she makes Monique, a dance duet with Mark Lorimer, which finds its inspiration in bondage. In 2015 she premieres a group piece, Edelweiss, a danced rebus that oscilliates between abstract and figurative art. She is currently developing 2 projects for 2017. Besides creating her own work, Alix makes a point of continuing to develop projects with other artists, both as a collaborator and a performer. She took part in pieces by a.e.: Superamas, Kris Verdonck, Anne Juren, Boris Charmatz, Jennifer Lacey, Noé Soulier. Alix’s artistic practice also involves teaching workshops PARTS, Brussels, ImPulsTanz, Vienna, Reykjavik, Panetta Movement Centre, New York, Skolen for Moderne Dans / The Danish National School of Contemporary Dance and SEAD, Salzburg. 


After various formations, Matthieu Barbin works for Gallotta for two years and on projects In Situ and outside the walls with Christian Bourigault. Invited by Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller, he participated in KADMOS research group in the Avignon Festival 2013. He then collaborated with choreographer Boris Charmatz, interpreting different parts like Levée des conflits ou Enfant, or for creating the room performative Manger, presented for the first time Ruhrtriennale 2014. He also participates in two retrospective of the artist at MoMA in New York, Three collective gestures, and at the TATE Modern in London if TATE Modern was Musée de la danse. Matthew is currently working on various projects, including a collaboration with artist Dorothy Smith around the transdisciplinary project TRAUM notably composed of a film, and a performance which, using multiple nested writing concepts, address the possible figures metamorphosis, through the trauma of concepts of survival and catasterisation. 


"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 Louise Hémon, with Alix Eynaudi and Matthieu Barbin, choreography Alix Eynaudi

Cavern has been selected to be part of the next edition of Braga International Video Dance Festival to be held from 23 to 30 April 2016 . 

Director of photography:
Marine Atlan
Camera assistant:
Joséphine Drouin Viallard
Sound recording:
Thibaut Dufait
Line producer:
Céline Guillerm
Jean-Baptiste Muffat
Jean Thevenin, recorded by Guillaume Jaoul at Tropicalia Studio
Sound Editing and Mixing:
Margot Testemale
Carole Borne, assisted by Aymeric Schoens
Color grading:
Nicolas Gautier
Bathysphere and Firm

Production Casoar + Fondation d’entreprises Galeries Lafayette

Fondation Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, Data, Citynove, Artelia

🎞 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