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Born in Buenos Aires, Cecilia Bengolea studied urban dance forms before pursuing studies in anthropological dance with Eugenio Barba 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.

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’.

Cecilia Bengolea has been collaborating with François Chaignaud since 2005. Together, they created Pâquerette (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et Pollux (2010), Danses Libres (2010), (M)IMOSA (2011), altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK (2012), Dub Love (2013), How Slow the Wind for the dancers of Opéra de Lyon (2014), Devoted for the dancers of Ballet de Lorraine (2015), Dancehall Polyphony for the dancers of the company Tanztheater Wuppertal – Pina Bausch (2015) and DFS (2016).

Cecilia Bengolea is an associated artist with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy in France. 

Florentina Holzinger

Born in 1986 in Austria, Florentina Holzinger studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) at Amsterdam University of the Arts. Her solo graduation work Silk was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe at the lmPulsTanz Festival 2012.

Her collaboration with Vincent Riebeek resulted in the pieces Kein Applaus für Scheisse, Spirit, Wellness and Schönheitsabend. Holzinger’s solo work Agon and Recovery present her recovery from a traumatic stage accident and explore different modes of female representation and physicality. As a continuation, she developed training programs for dancers, proposing training for a fight as training for life as an artist.

She is currently artist in residence at the International Choreographic Arts Center ICK Amsterdam where she is also producing her ballet Apollon Musagète that intends to be an all-female contemporary adaption of Balanchine's neoclassical ballet quartet.