Altered Natives' Say Yes to Another Excess - TWERK
Altered Natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess ⎯ TWERK
Since their teenage years, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have been going to discos and have turned it into a place where to practise. From London to NYC, they go from club to club: drum&bass, jungle, dubstep, reggae, bashement, house, voguing, hype as anthropological research centres. That is where they have become familiar with and learnt Jamaican dancehall, krump, house, split & jump… – dances which, regardless of their formal and spiritual differences, have a certain playfulness in common (with music, and between the technical principles and the ideals determining them).
As for altered Natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess ⎯ TWERK, they collectively and intuitively make their way through a specific impure writing process, enlightened by graphic and organic devoured dances – beyond references. Together with Alex Mugler, Ana Pi and Elisa Yvelin, they have set themselves the challenge to trust dance, its expressive, brotherly, poetic, preconscious and discursive powers.
This work and this playful writing process are achieved in close relation to a musical investigation around Grime music. As an electro music that comes from East London in the early 2000s, Grime combines, mixes and transforms sounds from dancehall, hip-hop and UK garage.
The syncretic ferociousness of this style, which seems to be hanging between two contradictory speeds, between the abstraction of synthetic sounds and MCs’ sensual emergency, interacts with the various influences which have inspired the dances. It is the first time that DJs from the Grime scene (Elijah and Skilliam of London label Butterz) play in a theatre and collaborate with contemporary dancers.
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.
In dialogue with Levi Strauss’s œuvre Tristes tropiques, Cecilia Bengolea co-directed two videos in 2011: La Beauté (tôt) vouée à se défaire with Donatien Veisman and Cri de Pilaga with Juliette Bineau. 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 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 Miyauichi 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 2015. Their second film, Bombom’s Dream, shot in Jamaica in 2016, commissioned by Hayward Gallery London and Sao Paulo Biennial 2016.
Source: The company Vlovajob Pru 's website
Born in Rennes, François Chaignaud studied dance from the age of 6. In 2003 he earned his degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse in Paris, working with, among others, the choreographers Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Alain Buffard and Dominique Brun. Ranging from He's One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to Думи мої (2013), he has created many performance pieces, using different forms of dance and voice, in a variety of venues, showing inspiration from many different inspirations. We see in his work the possibility of a body stretched between sensual demand and the power of the voice, as well as a convergence of multiple, heterogenous historical references – from erotic literature (Aussi Bien Que Ton Cœur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to the more sacred arts.
He is also a historian and has published at PUR L’Affaire Berger- Levrault : le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905). His historical curiosity has led him to initiate a number of interesting artistic collaborations, notably with the legendary drag queen Rumi Missabu, of the Cockettes, with the cabaret artist Jérôme Marin (Sous l'ombrelle, 2011, which resurrected some forgotten melodies from the early 20th century), with the artist Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses, 2009), with the fashion designers Romain Brau and Charlie Le Mindu, the plastician Theo Mercier, and the photographer Donatien Veismann …
He is currently doing research on polyphonic repertory (Georgian, pre-Christian, and medieval).
Source : CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
More information : http://vlovajobpru.com/
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Altered Natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess ⎯ TWERK
Artistic direction / Conception : Cecilia Bengolea et François Chaignaud
Interpretation : Élisa Yvelin, Ana Pi, Alex Mugler, François Chaignaud, Cecilia Bengolea - DJ Sylvère
Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Conseil musique Miguel Cullen - Regard Alexandre Roccoli
Lights : Dominique Palabaud, Jean-Marc Segalen, Cecilia Bengolea et François Chaignaud
Costumes : Cecilia Bengolea et François Chaignaud
Technical direction : Régie générale Juliette Besançon, Dominique Palabaud
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Spectacle créé en septembre 2012 pour la Biennale de la danse de Lyon
Duration : 64 minutes