• Video

RETROSPECTIVA CECILIA BENGOLEA: ERIKA STITCHES

By Cecilia Bengolea

Argentina

  • 2 minutes, 52 seconds

This minimalist piece by Argentine artist Cecilia Bengolea combines ballet and dancehall performed in a refurbished industrial space.


This solo was choreographed by Cecilia Bengolea for Japanese dancer Erika Miyauchi, who puts on a consummate and moving performance in a crossover between ballet and dancehall. Dia Art Foundation asked artists Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud to develop a multi-part program for the basement of the Dia Beacon Museum, together with the green neon barrier built by minimalist artist Dan Flavin.

Cast and crew


Year: 2017 | Participant: Erika Miyauchi | For: Dia Art Foundation, Beacon

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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