Photos © Stéphane Perche. Casoar /Lafayette Anticipations

mutant stage 5, CAVERN

“For the fifth episode in the Mutant Stage series, I decided to view the construction site as a field of exploration and as a fully-fledged protagonist. The shapes, gaps, outlines and holes progressively reveal an organic and changing space. Wreathed in the rustling of their plastic ponchos, the dancer-explorers pace the space, becoming one with it though saying nothing of their purpose. Breaths intertwine, steps fit together, a rattling resonates and shapes reflect each other. This sneak peek into a mysterious initiation is accompanied by the sound of percussion instruments echoing the rubble’s rumbling. At the end of the journey, we remain at the edge of our seats, anxiously awaiting the building’s upcoming opening. The film’s images evaporate in the warmth and cold of the building, sounds dim with the episode’s final breath. As it is both the fifth episode of the Mutant Stage series and a piece in its own right, I chose to subhead the film Cavern. I thus underline the strength of this provocative setting, which will not be exactly the same in the following episode.”  - Louise Hémon


Born in 1983, Louise Hémon is a film director born. She studied at the Bologna Art University and at the Femis. She is fascinated by the body in trance, caught between rituals and obsessions, which could also be anorexic, body-built or marble-made. The film director also has a special attachment to mythology and contemporary dance. After a first short fiction, Onze repas (2010) which was awarded at the Festival of Aguilar (Spain), she turned to 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 and FIFIB in Bordeaux. 


Alix Eynaudi lives and works in Vienna. She trained as a ballet dancer at the Paris Opéra school of dance. She danced in various ballet companies before entering PARTS upon its opening. 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: namely, Crystall, in collaboration with Alice Chauchat (2005), Supernaturel (2007), Long Long Short Long Short (2009), in collaboration with Agata Maszkiewicz. In 2011, she conducted research with Kris Verdonck, on the benefits of sleep and rest, which gave birth to Exit (2011), a solo in which she puts the audience to sleep. In 2012, she choreographed Monique, a duo with Mark Lorimer, which finds its inspiration in bondage. In 2015, she premiered a group piece, Edelweiss, a danced rebus that oscillates between abstract and figurative art. She is currently developing two projects in 2017. In addition to 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 and 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 following numerous trainings, Matthieu Barbin worked two years for Gallotta while also contributing to in situ and off projects with Christian Bourigault. On the invitation of Hortense Archambault and Vincent Baudriller, he participated in the KADMOS research group at the Avignon Festival in 2013. He then collaborated with choreographer Boris Charmatz, performing in different pieces such as Levée des conflitsEnfant or Manger, presented for the first time at the Ruhrtriennale 2014. He also participated in Charmatz's retrospectives at MoMA in New York and at the TATE Modern in London. Matthieu is currently working on various projects, including a collaboration with artist Dorothy Smith around the transdisciplinary project TRAUM, composed of a film and a performance.

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 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 Anticipations – 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 / Manuel Béard

Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette wishes to thank: OMA, Data, Citynove, Artelia

With special thanks to Nicolas Anthomé, Cécile Tonizzo, Jean Mallet, Commission Supérieure Technique de l’image et du son, Pâte à films,PhotoCineRent

🎞 Mutant Stage 9, by Lukas Dhont with Jan Martens

🎞 Mutant Stage 8, by Xavier Veilhan with Marie-Agnès Gillot and Dimitri Chamblas

🎞 Mutant Stage 7, "Cloud Chasers", by (LA)HORDE [Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel] with Jakub Moravec, Jakub Sonnek and Michal Zdražil

🎞 Mutant Stage 6, "Cavern", by Frédéric Lebain and Grégoire Pédron with Manuela Carneiro and Keem S-Martinez 

🎞 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