François Chaignaud & Geoffroy Jourdain Paris
Since graduating from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in 2003, François Chaignaud has collaborated with several choreographers as a performer and created performances involving both dance and singing that are the product of different inspirations. Also a historian, he wrote L’Affaire Berger-Levrault : le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905). His curiosity has led him to embark on a wide variety of collaborations, including with Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses, 2009) and Théo Mercier (Radio Vinci Park, 2016). A dialogue between François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea has led to the creation of works that have been performed worldwide, including Pâquerette (2008), Sylphides (2009) and DubLove (2013-2016). In 2017, in collaboration with Nino Laisné, François Chaignaud created Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando, a show centred on androgynous figures in Spanish baroque folklore. In 2018 he created Soufflette, a piece for the 14 dancers of Norway’s Carte Blanche contemporary dance company, and in 2019 Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælesitum Revelationum in collaboration with Marie-Pierre Brébant based on the complete musical works of Hildegard of Bingen. In 2020, François Chaignaud co-created the duet GOLD SHOWER with the icon of butoh Akaji Maro, and choreographed Un Bolero with Dominique Brun and Les Siècles orchestra, based on the work of Bronislava Nijinska.
While studying musicology at the Sorbonne and researching the Italian music collections of several European libraries, very early on Geoffroy Jourdain became involved in running vocal ensembles and while still a student founded Les Cris de Paris. He soon became known for the boldness of his artistic project and for his contribution to contemporary creation. He is interested in establishing devices for creating innovative musical performances in the company of directors, actors, choreographers and visual artists. He has promoted and debuted the works of Beat Furrer, Mauro Lanza, Marco Stroppa, Francesco Filidei, Oscar Strasnoy (including the opera Cachafaz) and Ivan Fedele, but also has a passion for the 17th and 18th century repertoire and ethnomusicology.