• Video


By Cecilia Bengolea


  • English
  • 23 minutes

More than just a dance, dancehall is a way of life. Cecilia Bengolea goes to Jamaica looking for her roots.

Filmed in Jamaica between 2015 and 2019, this video is a collaboration between Cecilia Bengolea and the dancehall scene in Kingston and Bog Walk, exploring the influences of culture and nature on this Caribbean island’s artistic community. Narrated using movement and music, it follows this style from its intricate jungle rhythms to the choreography and steps of those who cultivate this culture. This piece gives us access to the characters whose vitality and influence have formed a vision of this movement and life, extending from its Jamaican founders to the rest of the world.

Cast and crew

Year: 2020 | Participants: Major Mission, Erika Miyauchi, Kissy McKoy, Craig, Nick, Jay, Shaky and Prince Blackeagle, Cecilia Bengolea, Shelly Belly, Overload Skankaz Oshane, Overload Skankaz Teroy, Giddy Elite Team, Alii and Lee Twinstarzz, Shanky, Winkyy and Larry Equanoxx.

Cecilia Bengolea


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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