— Cecilia Bengolea + François Chaignaud

Saturday, 13 June 2015,
Sunday, 14 June 2015,
Stationers Hall, St. Paul’s

Transformed by the grotesque masks of George Condo, Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud and Erika Miyauchi dance and sing through the rotten and sublime beauties of history. From medieval polyphonies, to ballet, free dance and dancehall, Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud’s new commission represents a layering of cultural and historic references located in the body and activated through performance in the historic Stationer’s Hall.

Cecilia Bengolea

Born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) lives and works in Paris. Dance artist. Bengolea’s reflections on antropological dance are represented in paroxysmal performances, both modern and primitive, civilised and pre-civilised. Animals fascinate her as a force, a fear that also exist in dance and  sex.

Her piece Sylphides (2009), co-created with François Chaignaud (FR) performace for vacuumed bodies in latex fetish beds,  won the award de la critique de Paris  and the young artist prize at Gwangju Bienale in 2014. Bengolea collaborates with Jeremy Deller (UK) and Marinella Senatore (IT) for the opening of the Biennale de Lyon 2015.  She collaborates with artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Monika Gintersdorfer, Knut Klassen and with jamaican Dancehall artists  Joan Gringesho and  Damion Wallace. She recently showed at Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Kitchen, NY, Tokyo Spiral Hall, La Bienale de la Danse de Lyon,  Sadlers Wells London, Faena Art Centre Buenos Aires, Fig-2 ICA London

François Chaignaud

Born in Rennes, lives and works in Paris. Dance artist and historian. His practices combines choreography, music, singing, and history. His researches reflect in intense, virtuosic and hybrid performances, traveling from hulla hoop to ballet point shoes, from religious dances to club dances and embrace spiritual, sexual and abstract expressions of the body. He collaborates with visual artists Theo Mercier, Donatien Veismann, César Vayssié, and other artists such as Nosfell, Phia Ménard, Marie Caroline Hominal.
He has been commissioned to create a film installation for 24 FRAMES per second in CarriageWorks Sydney. he is currently researching on medieval, renaissance and traditional georgian polyphonies for a new piece to be premiered  in fall 2016.

Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud collaborate since 2005. They created Pâquerette (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et Pollux (2010), Danses Libres (based on choreographies from François Malkovsky et Suzanne Bodak, 2010), (M)IMOSA (with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK (2012), and DUB LOVE (2013). They have been commissioned by Opera de Lyon to create a piece for seven dancers on point shoes  HOW SLOW THE WIND (2014). The ballet de Lorraine commissioned them to created a piece for nine female dancers on point shoes, music by Philip Glass “Another look on Harmony” DEVOTED (2015). They will premiere in septembre 2015 a  polyphonic  ballet for Pina Bausch dance company. Bengolea and Chaignaud prepare an exhibition of old and new dances for Dia Art Centre Beacon and Chelsea for 2017.

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