• Video

RETROSPECTIVA CECILIA BENGOLEA: LIGHTNING DANCE

By Cecilia Bengolea

Argentina

  • English
  • 6 minutes

Dancing for the rain - and in it - is as tribal as it is healing, according to Cecilia Bengolea, who conveys this in a beautiful piece of work in black and white.


Cecilia Bengolea collaborated with several young Jamaicans - dancing solos and group choreographies in the pouring rain - to research the influence of electric storms on the body’s collective imagination. In the play, the dancers go onto the main stage and begin to dance Jamaican dancehall, a highly sexualized kind of dance that Bengolea believes has healing powers.

The harshness of the environment combined with the black and white lighting highlights the dancers’ energy and captivates the audience. At the same time, the sounds of the storm are synchronized with the choreography’s beat. In that instant, the only thing that’s left from dancehall music is the low frequency bass in the background, amplified by the choreography’s intensity. Lightning Dance dissolves the frontiers between what is natural and what is human and manages to channel life through movement and light.

Cast and crew


Year: 2018 | Participants: Cecilia Bengolea, Craig Black Eagle, Oshane Overload-Skankaz.

Cecilia Bengolea

Creator

A multidisciplinary artist

Born in Buenos Aires and working with video, performance and sculpture, her practice is based on anthropological research into forms of community-based contemporary and old-fashioned dance. Her interests revolve around our relationship with nature, the elements, animist beliefs and choreographic configuration. Through collaboration, she’s constructed a wider body of work, perceiving dance and performance as an animated structure that allows her to become both a subject and an object within her own creations.

Her collaborations with French choreographer François Chaignaud have won her awards such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennale in 2014. She has also co-created dance pieces for her dance company, as well as for the Lyon Ballet, the Lorraine Ballet and the Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal. Her video installations and performances have been shown at the Gwangju Biennale (2014), the Lyon Biennale (2015), the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires (2015 and 2017), the Sao Paulo Biennale (2016), the Palais de Tokyo (2015 and 2018) and at Art Basel in Miami (2018), among others. As well as her studies in philosophy and history of art, she has an Ex.e.r.c.e Masters in Choreography under Mathilde Monnier from the Montpellier National Center for Choreography.

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