La Grande Sortie, 2015

Miami Beach 2016
Lehmann Maupin
Video/Film
La Grande Sortie tells the story of a prima ballerina, played by French Étoile (star) dancer, Émilie Cozette. Shot in the iconic Ópera Bastille, the setting is opening night of Cozette’s return to the stage after an unexplained hiatus. The performance is fraught with the dancer’s stage fright and the indifferent and hostile reactions that escalate in the audience. Cozette’s fears manifest in a series of awkward dances, each accompanied by a boorish audience member who are magically transported from their seat to the stage. Culminating in a fantastical vanishing act, Cozette embodies a universal anxiety around performance and success that many people struggle with on a daily basis.