Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando
Song and dance join together in a dazzling performance by François Chaignaud. A sensual journey through Spanish folklore. A fascinating ode to multiple identities.
A journey through time that evokes the reincarnations of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Romances inciertos extols the beauty of the infinite metamorphoses of identity. Perched on stilts, barefoot or on pointe shoes, the virtuoso François Chaignaud incarnates three figures from Spanish folklore who are reborn in this dazzling choreographic concert.
A warrior maiden dressed as a man, a San Miguel torn between sorrow and devotion, an androgynous gypsy woman disappointed in love. Four musicians under the amiable direction of Nino Laisné interweave concertina, flamenco and baroque music with the base-baritone and countertenor voice of Chaignaud. With the body out of kilter and oozing the sensuality of the ages, the performer delivers a spellbinding interpretation that shifts between piety and eroticism. Combining ballads, cabaret and folk tales, this impure and fundamentally contemporary work strikes the heart by celebrating the eternal mutations of art and desire.
Produced by François Chaignaud + Nino Laisné
Concept, Choreography, Voice and Dance François Chaignaud
Concept, Stage and Musical Direction Nino Laisné
Music Jean-Baptiste Henry (bandoneon) + François Joubert-Caillet (viola da gamba) + Pere Olivé (historical and traditional percussion) + Pablo Zapico (theorbo and baroque guitar)
Lighting Technician and Stage Manager Anthony Merlaud
Sound Technician Charles-Alexandre Englebert
Dresser Cara Ben Assayag
Costume Design Carmen Anaya + Kevin Auger + Séverine Besson + María Ángel + Buesa Pueyo + Caroline Dumoutiers + Pedro García + Carmen Granell + Manuel Guzmán + Isabel López + María Martinez + Tania Morillo Fernández + Helena Petit + Elena Santiago
Set Head Painter Marie Maresca
Painter Fanny Gaudreau
Image Editing Remy Moulin + Marie B. Schneider
Carpenters Christophe Charamond + Emanuel Coelho
Administration and Production Barbara Coffy + Jeanne Lefèvre + Clémentine Rougier
Tour Planning Sarah De Ganck/ART HAPPENS
Executive Producers Vlovajob Pru + Chambre 415
Co-produced by Bonlieu Scène nationale (Annecy) + La Bâtie – Festival de Genève with the support of FEDER du programme INTERREG France-Suisse 2014-2020 + Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris) + deSingel (Anvers) + Maison de la musique de Nanterre + Arsenal / Cité musicale-Metz
With the support of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes + Spedidam + PACT Zollverein Essen + TANDEM Scène nationale (Douai) + Ayuntamiento de Anguiano (La Rioja) + Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes
Creative residencies Ayuntamiento de Huesca – Aragon (Park in Progress 12) + Teatros del canal (Madrid) + Centre national de la danse (Pantin)+ Ménagerie de verre – Studiolab (Paris) + El Garaje (Cadíz)
François Chaignaud is an associate artist at Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy. Nino Laisné is a member of the Académie de France in Madrid – Casa de Velázquez.
Presented with the support of Institut Français (Paris) + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec in association with Monument-National + salle Bourgie
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at Théâtre Saint-Gervais, Geneva, on Septembre 9, 2017
François Chaignaud (Paris)
A choreographer, dancer, historian and singer, the French artist François Chaignaud refuses the constraints of genres and categories.
A master of the art of cross-dressing, he is at ease with a wide variety of styles: hip-hop, classical ballet, opera, contemporary dance – from sophisticated to popular forms.
Since establishing his company Vlovajob Pru in 2005, he has been constantly redefining the frontiers of dance and of the body. Sporting a dildo in Pâquerette (2005), he swam through the air in Castor et Pollux (2010), slipped inside a vacuum latex bag for Sylphides (2009) and blurred the codes of identity in the extravagant (M)imosa (FTA, 2012) alongside Cecilia Bengolea, Trajal Harrel and Marlene Monteiro-Freitas. Chaignaud’s encounter with Nino Laisné marked the beginning of a fertile collaboration.
Nino Laisné (Madrid)
An unclassifiable young artist who is a director, dramaturge, arranger and composer, Laisné has developed a singular style that combines cinema, photography and music.
He lives and works in both Besançon and Madrid, and refuses to confine himself to a single language. Os convidados (2010) featured a mix of languages that became Laisné’s trademark signature.
His 2013 film En présence (piedad silenciosa) mingled the androgynous voice of one character with the ambiguous sexuality of another. It was followed by Folk Songs in 2014 and Marisol/Mariluz in 2015. His research on forgotten music and personalities led him to La Tarara, a gypsy woman of Spanish folk tradition who is at the very heart of Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando. This work by two dynamic artists evokes connections between ambiguity and cross-dressing, zones of uncertainty and vertigo that Chaignaud has been cultivating for some time.