In DFS Bengolea and Chaignaud merge the ideologies of Jamaican Dancehall and Georgian vocal polyphony.
Buenos Aires born Bengolea trained as a jazz and urban dancer. Fascinated by the rhythmic complexity of Jamaican Dancehall, she travelled to Kingston to immerse herself in a musical and choreographic culture that was born in the 1960s.
Dancehall is more than a dance style - it is a lifestyle that resists oppressive power structures. Consequently, the movement is combative and defiant, technical and rhythmic.
Paris Dance Conservatory graduate Chaignaud has always been moved by a dream to sing and dance simultaneously.
For DFS he pursued the study of traditional medieval vocal polyphony repertory. Excited by the technical challenges of precision, synchronisation and vocal projection he discerned, Chaignaud now aims to create a balanced mode of expression that is at once musical, vocal, visual and kinetic.
Combining their research, the choreographers invited three ballerinas and two dancehall specialists to join them in an exploration of song and dance. Pointe shoes and trainers will share the dance floor with a rather aloof dog… audiences should expect an unusual performance that strives to be entertaining, enlightening, provocative and fun!
Free post-show talk on Monday 23 April : Sadler’s Wells artistic director Alistair Spalding in conversation with Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud (free to same day performance ticket holders).
|What||Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, DFS|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
23 Apr 18 – 24 Apr 18, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour approx.
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Well website|