(M)imosa is a choreographic collaboration between Trajal Harrell, Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud and Marlene Monteiro Freitas. The average format of the series is undefined, something along the lines of choreography, karaoke and a game of masks. Inspired by Paris Is Burning, a documentary about voguing, and by creative collaboration, the co-creators experience and share the distance between them and their sources of inspiration.
Cecilia Bengolea studied Art History in Buenos Aires. In 2004, she attended Exerce, Mathilde Monnier’s research program, in Montpellier. Along with François Chaignaud, she created Paquerette (2005-08), Sylphides (2009), Castor & Pollux and Free Dance (2010).
François Chaignaud attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM), in Paris. Since his graduation as a dancer in 2002, he has worked with choreographers Boris Chamartz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gilles Jobin, Tiago Guedes and Alain Buffard. As a history researcher, he published L’affaire Berger-Levrault – Les féminismes à l’épreuve (2009), a book about feminism in France.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas co-founded the dance group Compass, in Cape Verde. She created solos and pieces, such as Uns e outros (2008), A seriedade do animal (2009-10) and Guintche (2010), with openness, impurity and intensity as common denominators. She’s a member of the collective Bomba Suicida, based in Lisbon, and regularly works with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz.
Concept and performance: Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Trajal Harrell Lighting design: Yannick Fouassier Production: Vlovajob Pru (Paris) Co-production: Le Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest; Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris); Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Toulouse); The Kitchen (New York); Bomba Suicida (Lisbon); MC-DGArtes (Portugal); FUSED, French US Exchange in Dance Support: Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Sponsorship: DRAC Poitou-Charentes and Institut Français
Tour Support: Institut Français and Consulate General of France
Partner in the tour: SESC SP