Extensively experienced in clubs around the world, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud decided to turn dance clubs into anthropological research centers. Finding a unique way to highlight the organic nature of this dance and install it in a proper graphic layout was a challenge ahead for these curious dancers, surrounded for the occasion by another three artists (Alex Mugler, Ana Pi and Elisa Yvelin) and famous DJs from the London Grime scene (Elijah & Skilliam, London label Butterz). The stage becomes a melting-pot mixing current dance, ranging from Jamaican dancehall to House and Twerk, along with musical research by a DJ who transforms sounds. The expressive power of these extreme dances create an area for shared confraternity and contemporary poetry.
Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
Dancers and choreographers, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have been collaborating since 2005. Theirs are Pâquerette (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et Pollux (2010) Danses Libres (based on choreography by Malkovsky François and Suzanne Bodak, 2010), (M)IMOSA (with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011) and DUB LOVE (2013), Bengolea & Chaignaud. Following the idea of this edition of the festival, theirs is a unique quality of movement with which they have managed to always be seen acting from the outside and from excess. A total dance that does not separate the different parts of life, but integrates them and conceives them as a whole, uniting the popular and the sacred, the private and the public, leisure and art.
Created by: Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud | Cast: Élisa Yvelin, Alex Mugler, Pi Ana Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud | Music: DJ Elijah, DJ Skilliam (Butterz, London – UK) | Lighting: Dominique Palabaud, Jean-Marc Segalen, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud | Costumes: Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud | Production / Management: Cécile Vermorel | Broadcasting: Sarah Ganck / Art Happens | Assistant consulting: Alexandre Roccoli | Music consultant: Michael Cullen | Thanks to Elisabeth Schwartz, Warren, Mike, Sarah Chaumette, Alexandre Paulikevitch, Blazin Twins, Dance Boot Camp, Marie-Thérèse Allier, Frédéric Perouchine, Courtney Juicy Couture, Laurent Vinauger | Produced by: Vlovajob Pru | Co-produced by: Biennale de la Danse de Lyon; Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris); Festival d’Automne à Paris; Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrenees; Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort; Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble; Le Vivat d’Armentières – conventionnée Scène et danse théâtre; Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen / Basse-Normandie | Production created by: Arcadi, Chez Bushwick – NYC (development residence), FUSED: French US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) with funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation | With the support of The Menagerie de Verre (Paris).
September 2012 at the Lyon Dance Bienniale.
Premiere in Spain at the Festival Escenas do Cambio 2016.