Devoted

Choreography : Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
Music : Philip Glass, Another Look at Harmony Part IV

Devoted © Arno Paul

Premiered on May 12, 2015, at the Opera National de Lorraine

Choreography : Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud
Music : Philip Glass, Another Look at Harmony Part IV
Lights : Jean-Marc Segalen 
Costumes : Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, with the costume shop of the CCN - Ballet de Lorraine
Dance hall teachers : Giddy Elite Team, Damion BG Dancerz
Dancer assisting with preparation : Erika Myauchi
Thanks to : Florence Abelin, Philippe Gladieux and Donatien Veismann 
Rehearsal director : Valérie Ferrando

25 MINUTES 
9 DANCERS

Piece for nine dancers en pointe,
Chorus and organ, 
Another Look at Harmony by Philip Glass.

“We composed a piece full of long lines, spins, using dance hall and ballet steps. We seek to create a continuity between the classical and modern past and today, drawing fleeting lines toward the past and speculation about the future.” Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud

Cecilia Bengolea

Born in Buenos Aires, the dancer and choreographer Cecilia Bengolea has been based in Paris since 2001. She has collaborated with, among others, the choreographers João Fiadeiro, Claudia Triozzi, Mark Tompkins, Yves-Nöel Genod, Alain Buffard, Mathilde Monnier, Alice Chauchat, Monika Gintersdofer and Knut Classen.
In 2011 Cecilia Bengolea directed two short films in Rio de Janeiro in dialogue with the book Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi Strauss : La Beauté (tôt) vouée à se défaire, with Donatien Veisman, and Cri de Pilaga

François Chaignaud

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a body stretched between sensual demand and the power of the voice, as well as a convergence of multiple, heterogenous historical references – from erotic literature (Aussi Bien Que Ton Cœur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to the more sacred arts.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).

In 2005, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud founded their company, Vlovajob Pru. They created Pâquerette (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et Pollux (2010), Danses Libres (after works by François Malkovsky and Suzanne Bodak, 2010), (M)IMOSA (with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), altered natives Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK (2012), and DUB LOVE (2013).
In 2009, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud were awarded the prize for choreographic revelation by the dance critics of Paris. They received the Young Artists prize at the Biennial of Gwangju in 2014 for Sylphides and DUB LOVE. They have presented their creations at the Autumn Festival in Paris, at the Centre Pompidou, at the Impulstanz Festival (Vienna), at The Kitchen (New York), at the Abrons Art Center (New York), at the Avignon Festival, at the Tate Modern Museum (London), at the Sadlers Wells Theatre (London), at the Tanz Im August Festival (Berlin), at the Quartz theatre (Brest), at the Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), at the Dance Biennial of Lyon, at the Festival Montpellier Danse, at the Spiral Hall Theatre (Tokyo), at the Kyoto Experiment, at the Kochi Art Museum (Japan), at the Theatro Colon (Buenos Aires), the Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro), among others. They are long-term artists in residence at the Echangeur - CDC Picardie (2014 - 2015 - 2016) and will be associated with Bonlieu, Scène Nationale d'Annecy beginning in 2016.