Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud — DFS

23 & 24 April

The award-winning team Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have collaborated together since 2005, with companies including Lyon Opera Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch recruiting them to challenge their usual repertoires and style with their fresh and experimental edge.

For DFS, Cecilia Bengolea travelled to Jamaica to immerse herself in Kingston’s defiant dance scene, while François Chaignaud pursued the study of traditional medieval vocal polyphony repertory, stretching back hundreds of years.

Bringing their research together, the choreographers invited three ballerinas and two dancehall specialists to join them in this exploration of song and dance. The outcome is a truly unique clash of cultures, dance and music styles that entertains and enlightens. From vibrant dancehall rhythms to melodic vocal harmonies, with some rap thrown in for good measure, DFS plays with the combinations of these music styles and their dance counterparts to create something new and unusual.

Pointe shoes and trainers share the dancefloor (with a rather aloof dog) in a performance that is rare, provocative and lots of fun.