Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud
A leading duo from the global dance scene returns to Kyoto with a unique encounter between dub music and pointe shoes
With the frenzied performance of TWERK at Kyoto Experiment 2014, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud made a lasting and immediate impression on audiences in Japan.
The duo, whose background in conventional dance education evolved into a hunger for club culture and then a hybrid mix of the two, have now turned their attention to “music wall” sound systems which date back to the 1950s and are inextricably linked to the evolution of diverse Jamaican music. Dub is performed through powerful sound systems and goes far beyond mere entertainment. The intense vibrations of the music unify vast numbers of people and turn the gatherings into quasi-religious rituals.
For DUB LOVE they collaborate with HIGH ELEMENTS, a Dub plates DJ from Réunion Island. The tension between the deep bass sounds and bright melodies creates an upbeat solar music. Classical ballet techniques, which eventually transform the bodies of dancers after challenging gravity for so long, mark out precise lines in the vibrating space. The result is a stripped-down experience of unyielding music and bodies.
- North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Paris, France
Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud
Cecilia Bengolea studied dance and philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and François Chaignaud studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris. Since 2005, a sustained dialogue between these two dancers has produced an intelligent and vibrant body of work. Bengolea recently premiered her new creation Insect Train, which explores the world of insects and the relation between our bodies and nature, in Spring 2018. Chaignaud recently premiered a piece for the Carte Blanche Ballet (Norway) in May 2018. The pair received the Prix de la Révélation Chorégraphique from the Syndicat de la Critique in 2009 and were awarded the Emerging Artist Award at the Biennale de Gwangju for the entirety of their activities in 2014. Their work has been presented at international festivals including Festival d’Automne, Impulstanz Festival, and Festival d’Avignon. Following TWERK in 2014, this marks their second appearance at Kyoto Experiment.
Born in Buenos-Aires, Cecilia Bengolea first studied jazz and urban dance forms, before pursuing studies in Anthropological dances with Eugenio Barba, and Philosophy and Art History at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2001 she moved to Paris, initiating several choreographic practices. In 2004, she participated in E.X.E.R.C.E. in Montpellier, directed by Mathilde Monnier. As a performer and choreographer, she has worked with João Fiadeiro, Claudia Triozzi, Mark Tompkins, Yves-Noël Genod, Alain Buffard, Mathilde Monnier, Alice Chauchat, Monika Gintersdofer, and Knut Classen.
In 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Cecilia Bengolea co-directed two short films in dialogue with Levi Strauss’s The Sad Tropics: La Beauté (tôt) vouée à se défaire with Donatien Veisman and Cri de Pilaga with Juliette Bineau. She regularly collaborates in video and performance with artists, notably Jeremy Deller, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and, in Argentina, with Victoria Colmegna (Spa Urbano), Sebastian Bonet and Jackie Luduenia. Since a few years, Cecilia Bengolea regularly goes to Jamaica in order to study Dancehall Gangster and Dancehall Queen.
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 Coeur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to sacred art.
Also a 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 Theo Mercier, photographer Donatien Veismann and videast Cesar Vayssié. He is currently doing research on polyphonies (Georgian, pre-Christian and medieval).
|Conception||Cecilia Bengolea in collaboration with Ana Pi, François Chaignaud|
|Composition & performed by||Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud and Alex Mugler (in the role created by Ana Pi)|
|Hip Hop choreographic collaboration||Ange Koué|
|Dubplates player||MatDTSound (with musics of High Elements)|
|Technical manager||Dominique Palabaud|
|Administration / production||Barbara Coffy, Chloé Schmidt, Jeanne Lefèvre, Clémentine Rougier|
|Tour planning||Sarah de Ganck / Art Happens|
|VLOVAJOB PRU is funded by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and the Conseil Régional Auvergne Rhône-Alpes|
|Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud are associate artists at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy|
|Co-production||La Ménagerie de verre (Paris), Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Centre de création et de production, SZENE Salzburg, Direct Marketing|
|Special thanks to||ImPulsTanz (Vinna), Karl Regensburger and Vanja & Peter Fuchs|
|Supported by||Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon, European Commission|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|
|160th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between France, PARIS KYOTO 2018 60ème ANNIVERSAIRE|