François Chaignaud was born in Rennes. He earned a diploma in 2003 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and started collaborating soon after with several choreographers, such as Boris Charmatz and Emmanuelle Huynh. From “He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make Him Sick” (2004) to “Думи мої – Dumy Moyi” (2013), François Chaignaud 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the space between the sensual rigour of movement, the evocative power of singing, and the convergence of heterogeneous historical references – from erotic literature to sacred art. Also a historian, François Chaignaud published “L’Affaire Berger-Levrault : le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905)” (Renne, PUR, 2009). In collaboration with artist Nino Laisné, he has created a piece entitled “Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando”, bringing together four instrumentalists around various ambiguous motifs from the choreographic and vocal Iberian repertoire. In 2018, François Chaignaud also choreographed “Soufflette”, a piece for Carte Blanche – The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance in collaboration with Romain Brau. “Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum”, his new collaboration with musician Marie-Pierre Brébant, premiered in May 2019 during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. This piece is based on a research and a contemporary adaptation of the known song repertoire of Hildegard von Bingen, a German abbess and physician. His upcoming projects include collaborations with Akaji Maro, with music ensembles such as Les Cris de Paris and with the orchestra Les Siècles. Since 2005, François Chaignaud collaborates closely with Cecilia Bengolea. Together they created “Pâquerette” (2005-2008), “Sylphides” (2009), “Castor et Pollux” (2010), “Danses Libres” (2010), “(M)IMOSA” (with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), “altered natives’ Say Yes To Another Excess – TWERK” (2012), “Dub Love” (2013), and “DFS” (2016). François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are associate artists at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy.
As of March 2020