© Magali Pomier

For the past few years, Nino Laisné has been creating a unique universe in which the image plays an important role. Tinted with strangeness, his works take form and unfold in resonance with other mediums such as cinema and music, as well as historical and sociological elements: art, popular traditions, fashion, cabaret and opera.

These more or less visible porosities with other disciplines as well as the importance of Hispanic culture in his work make Nino Laisné’s artistic research a rich and deliciously original mix, which defies classification.

The artist, who is also a musician and cinema buff, builds his visual universe in this way with vocables drawn from the performing arts and film, creating dialogues with sound rather than with words. His recent work also plays with cross-pollination and develops this shifting from one genre to another, from everyday reality to fiction and vice versa. His projects have led to his being exhibited in different countries such as: Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt, China and Argentina. He is regularly invited to produce new pieces in the context of creative residencies (FRAC Franche-Comté, Park in Progress in Cyprus and Spain, Pollen in Monfianquin, etc). His recent videos projects have also been presented in different cinemas or festivals like FID Marseille and FIAC Paris. Actually, Nino Laisné is a member of the Académie de France in Madrid, in the Casa de Velázquez.

François Chaignaud
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 (Charmatz, Huynh, Brun, Buffard ...)

From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to Radio Vinci Park (2016 - in collaboration with Theo 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the space between the sensual rigour of movement, the evocative power of singing, and the convergence of heterogeneous historical references - from erotic literature (Aussi Bien Que Ton Cœur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to sacred art (Dumy Moyi, 2013). His last collaborations include works with visual artist Théo Mercier, Sophia Al Maria, with writer Anne james Chaton, artists Phia Ménard— Nosfell, Marie Caroline Hominal, Jérôme Marin, video maker César Vayssié ... His work is shown worldwide.

Since 2005, the artist has been focused on creating a steady dialogue with Cecila Bengolea, through the company Vlovajob Pru, and the results have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Together, they created Pâquerette (2005- 2008), Sylphides (2009), Castor et 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.

They prepare a large dance exhibition for Dia Art Fondation in 2017-2018. In 2009, they won the critique choreographic revelation award. They received the Noon Award for emerging artist at the Gwangju Biennale in 2014.

François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are artists associated with Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy from 2016.