Since 2005, a steady dialogue between Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud has given rise to miscellaneous works.
Since 2005 Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud create work together like 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), Dub Love (2013), DFS (2016).
Their collaborative works Pâquerette and Sylphides won the Award de la Critique de Paris and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennial in 2014. They have co-created dance pieces for their company as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal (2015).
Bengolea and Chaignaud currently prepare an exhibition of old and new dances as well as video and performance works for Dia Art Centre Beacon and Chelsea for 2017 and 2018.
Cecilia Bengolea’s practice is focused on anthropological and urban dance forms and their relation to nature, the elements and figuration. She 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.
She studied Philosophy and Art History at Buenos Aires University and followed the choreographic master Ex.e.r.c.e. by Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier.
Bengolea’s video installations and performances have been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennial (2014), Biennale de Lyon (2015), The Tanks and Tade Modern (2015), Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires (2015 and 2017) Fig-2 25/50 at ICA, London (2015), Dia Art Foundation (May 2017), Tokyo Spiral Hall, Biennale de Sao Paulo (2016), The Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery London (2016), Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2017), Palais de Tokyo (2015 and 2018), Art Night, ICA London (2015), Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, Dhaka Art Summit (2018), TBA21, Venice (2018), Art Basel Miami Beach (2018), E.A.T (2019), Centre Pompidou (2010 and 2016), Engadin Art Talks 2019, Desertx 2019.
François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are Associated Artists with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy in France.
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.
He creates 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 (Думи мої – Dumy Moyi, 2013) and Charlie Le Mindu, visual artist Théo Mercier (Radio Vinci Park, 2016), photographer Donatien Veismann and videast Cesar Vayssié.