BoCA Summer School 2020
Workshop with CECILIA BENGOLEA (Argentine/France)

“Dance – Video – Ecosystem”

For the past ten years the practice of Cecilia Bengolea has been centered around social sculpture in street dance, as well as observing the influence of natural elements in bodily practices.
She had the opportunity to learn Utopic Dances from the 1930’s by the choreographer François Malkovsky (1889-1982), about which she developed pieces and other experiments alone or together with François Chaignaud. “Not a free dance but a free body” says Malkovsky about his poetic dance, made by brief choreographies based in the imagination of man in harmony within nature post agro-industrial revolution.
In this workshop, Cecilia Bengolea proposes to dance and to film inside (Casa da Dança de Almada) and outside the studio (Cais do Ginjal, in front of Tagus River).
Starting from the sharing of her immense video archive made around the world, she will then share her practice of dance and video making to reflect together how one action can  influence the other. Participants will practice exercises of Authentic Movement from post modern dances as well as a repertory of Jamaican dancehall concepts. With the smartphones, participants can witness film and compose in real time the experience lived during the workshop.

Cecilia Bengolea (Buenos Aires, 1979) translates her practice of anthropological community dance through video, sculpture and installation. She conceives performance as a form of  animated sculpture that allows her to become both object and subject simultaneously. Infused with the symbolic energies found within nature and empathic relationships, her compositions are formed around ideas of the body – both individually and collectively – as a medium.
She studied Philosophy and Art History at Buenos Aires University and followed the choreographic master Ex.e.r.c.e. by Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier.
Bengolea’s video installations and performances have been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennial (2014), Biennale de Lyon (2015), The Tanks and Tade Modern (2015), Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires (2015 and 2017) Fig-2 25/50 at ICA, London (2015), Dia Art Foundation (May 2017), Tokyo Spiral Hall, Biennale de Sao Paulo (2016), The Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery London (2016), Elevation 1049, Gstaad (2017), Palais de Tokyo (2015 and 2018), Art Night, ICA London (2015), Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, Dhaka Art Summit (2018), TBA21, Venice (2018), Art Basel Miami Beach (2018), E.A.T (2019), Centre Pompidou (2010 and 2016), Engadin Art Talks 2019, Desertx 2019.
Bengolea has collaborated with François Chaignaud since 2005. Their collaborative work Pâquertte (2005-2008), Sylphides (2009) won the Award de la Critique de Paris and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennal in 2014. They have co-created dance pieces for their company as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal (2015).
She collaborated with artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klassen, and the dancehall artists Damion BG Dancerz, Joan Mendy or Erika Miyauchi. In collaboration with Jeremy Deller, she co-directed the film RhythmAssPoetry to the Biennale de Lyon (2015) and the film Bombom’s Dream to the Bienal de São Paulo (2016).
At BoCA, in 2017, she presented the performance Buss Dem Head in collaboration with DJ Nigga Fox, at Lux/Frágil, and in 2020 she conceived a writing score for “Homework” serie.


+16, students and professionals of dance, theater, performance or any other artistic territory with a basic physical condition.
Maximum of 15 participants. Registrations are made in order of receipt.

You can register until July 14th, by filling in the form provided in this link.

Production: BoCA
Partnership: GDA Foundation
Support: Lisbon City Council, Millennium BCP Foundation, Casa da Dança de Almada
BoCA is a project financed by the Ministry of Culture / DG Artes

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