The Studio des Acacias is a fabled place where legendary photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin worked.
Today this creative space has opened up to all forms of contemporary artistic expression (art installations, video art, photography, etc.) and welcomes the most well-known photographers and contemporary artists for unique exhibitions and productions.
As part of the 2017 FIAC international art fair, Studio des Acacias by Mazarine—a legendary venue devoted to interdisciplinary artistic creation—will be hosting an exhibition by French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied and celebrated American artist Barbara Kruger.
Founder of Studio des Acacias and CEO of Mazarine Group Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers wanted to offer Millepied—his friend and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet—an occasion to create an all-new kind of experience combining holographic projections, film and immersive scenography.
Benjamin Millepied, founder of the ensemble L.A. Dance Project and former director of the Paris Opera Ballet, will recreate the striking visual atmosphere imagined by artist Barbara Kruger for his ballet “Reflections” (2014). Millepied will offer visitors much more than a simple décor—an immersive experience on an unprecedented scale. Visitors will find themselves in the dancers’ shoes, at the very heart of Barbara Kruger’s scenography. The 3D reproduction of the ballet will be complete, with light, music and… holographic projections of four scenes from “Reflections”. The dancers of L.A. Dance Project will appear as holograms to perform highlights from the ballet.
“Reflections” is an original creation based on George Balanchine’s famous ballet “Jewels”. In the ballet, the dancers of L.A. Dance Project perform in the very heart of an enormous piece by Barbara Kruger: two huge canvases, one on the floor and the other in the background, featuring the American artist’s iconic colors (red, white and black) and slogans (“Stay” and “Think of me thinking of you”). “Reflections Redux” offers the public a chance to experience it themselves.
The exhibition will also introduce visitors to Millepied’s films, created with L.A. Dance Project and showcasing his choreographies and several artistic partnerships developed since 2012 (Mark Bradford, Liam Gillick, Sterling Ruby, etc.). A selection of films that played a crucial role in the choreographer’s creative process will also be screened.
Mazarine La Mode en Images and its creative director Olivier Massart will be responsible for the technical feat of creating the exhibition scenography. It will offer visitors an unprecedented, in-depth look at the world of Benjamin Millepied. The holograms of the dancers in action, created from recordings done with L.A. Dance Project in Los Angeles, will perfectly reproduce the difficulty, precision and emotion of the live choreographies. Visitors will have the opportunity not only to watch, but to experience for themselves the intense emotions of performing on stage, amid talented dancers.