Cecilia Bengolea at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain : Performance

22 April 2023 
TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes presents on April 22nd, at 6:30 p.m., the performance Sylphides (2009), by the dancer and multidisciplinary creator Cecilia Bengolea (Buenos Aires, 1979) and by the choreographer and dance historian Francois Chaignaud (Rennes, 1983). This action is linked to the exhibition This can be the place, perform the museum and is carried out with the coordination of the public program By Assault. In addition to this representation, on Saturday [the 22nd], at 12:00 noon, there will be a meeting with Cecilia Bengolea. The entrance to these activities is free.
The metaphorical power of Sylphides is activated from the paradoxical, since in this dance piece the performers appear sealed in black latex sacks and therefore their breathing and movements are reduced to vital minimums. Thus, on the verge of suffocation, they evoke the sylphs, female spirits of the air, immaterial beings that are suspended between life and death, between fantasy and reality, and that so energized the literary and choreographic creation of the centuries. XVIII and XIX.
The figure of the sylph continues to be a great enigma today when it raises the question of the materiality of the body, of life after death and of the relationship we maintain with the dead and their corporeal envelopes. The sylphs question some of the recurring themes of Western thought: dualism, linear time, rationalism. Sylphides straddles a blurred line between a funeral rite and a birth ceremony.