Born in Buenos-Aires, Cecilia Bengolea studied urban dance forms, before to pursue studies in anthropological dances with Eugenio Barba, as well as Philosophy and Art History at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2001, she moved to Paris and followed the training Ex.e.r.c.e. directed by Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier. As a dancer, choreographer and performance artist, Cecilia Bengolea perceives dance and performance as animated sculpture and welcomes the fact that these forms allow her to become both object and subject at the same time. In dialogue with Levi-Strausss œuvre Tristes tropiques, Cecilia Bengolea co-directed two videos in 2011: La Beauté (tôt) vouée à se défaire with Donatien Veismann and Cri de Pilaga with Juliette Bineau.
In 2016, Bengolea was commissioned by the ICA for London Art Night 2016 to present a video installation into holographic mirrors at Covent Garden Market and perform an outdoor participatory dancehall practice in the historical West Piazza of Covent Garden with ballerina Erika Miyauchi and dancehall artist Damion BG Dancerz. Bengolea also works with artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Monika Gintersdorfer, Knut Klassen as well as Jamaican dancehall artists such as Joan Mendy and Damion BG Dancerz. In collaboration with Jeremy Deller (UK), she co-directed the film RythmAssPoetry (rap) commissioned by the Biennale de Lyon in 2015. Their second film, Bombom’s Dream, shot in Jamaica, was commissioned by Hayward Gallery London and Sao Paulo Biennal 2016.
During spring 2018, premieres in France and Belgium her new creation Insect Train a piece conceived for four female dancers in collaboration with Florentina Holzinger, exploring the world of insects and our relation between our bodies and nature.
Born in Rennes, François Chaignaud studied dance from the age of six. He earned a diploma in 2003 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris, collaborating soon after with several choreographers, notably Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Alain Buffard, and Gilles Jobin. From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to Думи мої (2013), he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect, in a wide variety of environments and at the meeting points of many inspirations. From this tension, the possibility of a body takes shape, inhabiting the space between the sensual rigour of movement, the evocative power of singing, and the convergence of heterogeneous historical references — from erotic literature (Aussi Bien Que Ton Cœur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to sacred art. Also historian, François Chaignaud published L’Affaire Berger-Levrault: le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905) with PUR. His curiosity for history has driven him to initiate various collaborations, notably with legendary drag queen Rumi Missabu of the Cockettes, cabaret performer Jérôme Marin (Sous l’ombrelle, 2011), artist Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses, 2009), fashion designers Romain Brau and Charlie Le Mindu, visual artist Théo Mercier, photographer Donatien Veismann and videast Cesar Vayssié. Chaignaud has been commissioned to create a film installation for 24 FRAMES per second in CarriageWorks Sydney.
In collaboration with artist Nino Laisné, he has created a piece entitled Romances inciertos: un autre Orlando, bringing together four instrumentalists around various ambiguous motifs of genre from the choreographic and vocal Iberian repertoire. The piece has been shown as part of the 2018 programme of the festival d’Avignon. In 2018 François Chaignaud also choreographed Soufflette, a piece for the Carte Blanche Ballet (Norway) in collaboration with Romain Brau premiered in May in Studio Bergen.
He is currently doing research on the Antique Christian song repertoire as well as Hildegard Von Bingen pieces in collaboration with Marie-Pierre Brébant in prevision for his next creation Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælesitum Revelationum to be premiered in May 2019.
Compagnie Vlovajob Pru – François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea
Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have been collaborating since 2005. Together, they created Pâquerette (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et Pollux (2010), Danses Libres (2010), (M)IMOSA (with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess –TWERK (2012), Dub Love (2013), DFS (2016). In 2014, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon commissioned them to create a ballet for seven dancers on pointe shoes, set to Toru Takemitsu music composition How slow the wind. In 2015, Bengolea and Chaignaud were commissioned by the Ballet de Lorraine to produce a new work set to Devoted, a music by Philip Glass. On the same year, they premiered a new piece, entitled The Lighters’ Dancehall Polyphony for Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. The performance Sylphides, written for vacuumed bodies in latex fetish envelopes won the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2009 and the Young Artist Prize at Gwangju Biennial, Korea in 2014. Over the past few years, they have presented work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Kitchen in New York, Tokyos Spiral in Japan, the Biennale de la danse de Lyon, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires, of fig-2 at ICA, London, at the Festival d’Avignon, the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Montpellier Danse, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, deSingel in Antwerp, the Teatro de la Ribera in Buenos Aires, at the Panorama Festival of Rio de Janeiro, at the Centre National de la danse in Pantin, SESC in Sao Paulo and most recently at the Dia Art Centre Beacon and Chelsea in 2017.