Cecilia Bengolea

(b. Buenos Aires, 1979) was trained as a jazz and urban dancer and studied Eugenio Barba’s ancestral dances, also known as anthropological dances. In 2008, she co-founded the Vlovajob Pru dance company with François Chaignaud. Sylphi- des was created by Bengolea and Chaignaud for the stage and is re-imagined here by the artist within the context of performance art and the auto-definition of the female body. Unearthly beings caught between worlds (mainly between the dead and the living), sylphs have been referenced in literature and choreography since the 18th century. Somewhere between funeral rite and birth cele- bration, Sylphides attempts to access a new understanding of our bodies and their potential annihilations and rebirths. Among other institutions, Bengolea’s choreography has been featured in the Gwangju Biennial in Seoul, Korea, Sadler’s Wells in London and The Kitchen in New York.