Sequencing Time and Space

From September 15–23, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette presents the first edition of its dance festival titled Échelle Humaine (human scale).

OMA/Rem Koolhaas’s design for Lafayette Anticipations’ building allows more than fifty different configurations of its spaces and volumes thanks to a system of four mobile platforms. Échelle Humaine embraces the performative nature of this architecture through the medium of dance by exploring the possible uses of the newly renovated building. This festival builds upon the Fondation’s commitment to movement, initiated in 2014 with Emanticipation (Emmanuelle Huynh/ Compagnie Mùa) and followed by its Mutant Stage video series (2014-2018).

For this first edition, Échelle Humaine partners with Festival d’Automne à Paris’ Portrait of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. For one week, the Belgian choreographer, followed by Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer, and Radouan Mriziga, three international choreographers who trained at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels, will inhabit the different spaces of the Fondation. Each performance will be associated with a different configuration of the mobile platforms ; Lafayette Anticipations’ “architectural machine” is dedicated fully to dance.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker inaugurates Échelle Humaine with Violin Phase, her seminal solo created in 1981 to the music of Steve Reich. Then, over the course of three days, Andros Zins-Browne, accompanied by Jaime Llopis and Sandy Williams, will perform Already Unmade, inviting the audience to witness the deconstruction of their personal histories of choreography. Eleanor Bauer will follow with the premiere of her new solo A lot of moving parts, that focuses on poetry. Finally, Radouan Mriziga concludes this first edition of Échelle Humaine with 7, an epic performance for seven dancers and musicians, embracing the totality of the Fondation’s space in which the choreographer confronts bodies to architecture.

The program is curated by Charles Aubin as part of the Lafayette Anticipations curatorial platform.

Presented with the Festival d’Automne à Paris.

The Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès is the sponsor of the Festival d’Automne à Paris’ Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Portrait.

Dance festival
Sep 2018
In 62 day(s)
Radouan Mriziga, 7, Rehearsal at Lafayette Anticipations, 2018
Radouan Mriziga, 7, Rehearsal at Lafayette Anticipations, 2018 © Martin Argyroglo