François Chaignaud lives and works in Paris. Dancer, performance artist, singer, he has been trained at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and has collaborated with many choreographers.
From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to Radio Vinci Park (2016 - in collaboration with Théo Mercier), he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect, in a wide variety of environments and at the meeting points of many inspirations. From this tension the possibility of a body takes shape, inhabiting the space between the sensual rigour of movement, the evocative power of singing, and the convergence of heterogeneous historical references - from erotic literature to sacred art (Dumy Moyi, 2013).
Since 2005, the artist has been focused on creating a steady dialogue with Cecilia Bengolea, through the company Vlovajob Pru, and the results have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Together, they created Pâquerette (2005- 2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor and Pollux (2010), Danses Libres, (M)IMOSA (co-written and performed with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess—TWERK (2012), Dublove (2013), DFS (2016). They have been commissioned to create works for major companies such the Lyon Opera Ballet, the Ballet de Lorraine, or recently the Tanztheater Wuppertal—Pina Bausch.
François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are associated artists with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy
Since her musical and ballet studies in Reims, and her early music studies in Boulogne-Billancourt’s Conservatoire National de Région (two degrees in harpsichord and basso-continuo -1995), Marie-Pierre Brébant’s practice of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire has taken many forms.
As a dancer, she has worked particularly with Béatrice Massin from 1997 to 2001. As a musician (harpsichord and organ) she was part of orchestral and chamber music ensembles. She was a ballet classes accompanist at Centre National de la Danse and a musical director for the baroque ensemble Sept Mesures de soie until 2012.
At the same time, her particular interest for music as a single artistic form beyond entertainment or background music led her to perform in shows directed by artists such as Richard Foreman (Don Giovanni, Mozart), François Hiffler and Pascale Murtin (cie Grand Magasin). Since 2005, she has been collaborating with Sophie Perez and Xavier Boussiron (amplified spinet in Laisse les gondoles à Venise; castanets in El coup du cric Andalou; Wurlitzer and piano in Gombroviczshow; celtic harp and clavichord in Oncle Gourdin; Nord stage keyboard in Prélude à l’agonie).
In Radio Vinci Park (2016) directed by Théo Mercier and François Chaignaud, she’s playing the harpsichord.