Immaterial and imaginery sylphs are known as mediums between the worlds (between life and death, fantasy and real life, possible and impossible…)
XVIII C. Writers are fascinated by them.
XIX C. choreographers represent this myth for the first time in an extended way in their ballets. It troubles rationalist and dualistic western thought.
The Sylphs question our concepts of body materiality, life after death, our relation to dead corps and their body envelope.
"The suspension of our vital functions and sensations, might produce new understandings of our material destruction, re-birth."
Cecilia Bengolea, born in Argentina. Studied in the University of History of Art in Buenos Aires 1998-2001. Moved to Paris in 2001, since then, she has produced her work in European venues and festivals. In 2004, she followed Exer.ce., Mathilde Monnier’s research program in Montpellier. Bengolea has collaborated with Joao Fiadeiro, Claudia Triozzi, Edouard Levé, Marc Tompkins, Yves-Nöel Genod, Joris Lacoste, Alice Chauchat, Alain Buffard and Mathilde Monnier.
François Chaignaud, graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM) in Paris (2002). Since then he has collaborated as a dancer with various choreographers such as Boris Chamartz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gilles Jobin, Tiago Guedes, Alain Buffard. Since 2004 he has shown several performances and concerts on different stages in France and Europe: Pompè – procession urbaine (2004), He’s one that goes To sea for nothing but to make him sick (2005), La Culture des Individu.e.s (2006), Aussi bien que ton coeur, ouvre-moi les genoux (2008). He's involved in many collaborations, a.o. with swiss artist Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses (2009), minimal hulla hoop performance), with french model Benjamin Dukhan or with american legendary drag queen Rumi Missabu from the Cockettes... In addition, he has an historian activity in university and has recently published a book about french early feminism (L’Affaire Berger-Levrault – les féminismes à l’épreuve, PUR, Rennes, 2009).
Since 2005, François Chaignaud has collaborated with Cecilia Bengolea. They created together 3 pieces based on very intense disposal: Pâquerette (2008), Sylphides (2009) and Castor & Pollux (2010) currently touring in many festivals and venues. They are also reprising Free Dances from the 1920's repertory of François Malkovsky.
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