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 allows more than 50 different configurations of the building’s spaces and volumes, thanks to an ingenious system of four mobile platforms. Four choreographers — Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer, and Radouan Mriziga — have been given free rein to operate the building’s rack-and-pinion platforms and create new configurations for site-specific live works. With Échelle Humaine, Lafayette Anticipations’ “architectural machine” is fully at the service of dance.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker inaugurates Échelle Humaine with Violin Phase, her seminal solo created in 1981 to the music of Steve Reich. Then Andros Zins-Browne, accompanied by Jaime Llopis and Sandy Williams, will perform Already Unmade, inviting the audience to witness the deconstruction of the dancers’ personal choreographic histories and memories. Eleanor Bauer will follow with the world premiere of her solo A lot of moving parts, which focuses on the frictions, collisions, and impossible translations between dance and language. Finally, Radouan Mriziga concludes Échelle Humaine's first edition with 7, an epic performance for seven dancers and musicians that confronts the moving bodies of both performers and audience members with the symbolic power of architecture.

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

It is presented in collaboration 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.

Special thanks: Theo Van Rompay.

Dance Festival
Sep 2018
1218 day(s) ago
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker,
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Violin Phase, Lafayette Anticipations, 2018 © Marc Domage
Andros Zins-Browne, <i>Already Unmade</i>, Sept. 17, 18 and 19 2018, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris
Andros Zins-Browne, Already Unmade, Sept. 17, 18 and 19 2018, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris © Marc Domage
Eleanor Bauer, <i>A lot of moving parts</i>, 2018
Eleanor Bauer, A lot of moving parts, 2018 © Martin Argyroglo
Radouan Mriziga, <i>7</i>, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2018
Radouan Mriziga, 7, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, 2018 © Marc Domage
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