A dance session that breaks conventions and invites you to think collectivelly.
Cecilia Bengolea and Erika Miyauchi present Hakai Dub, a piece in which they show, in an open format, their compositional research in real time, inspired by sound system. The title comes from the term hakai, from the Japanese word for “destruction”, but is also understood as a chance to improve and rebuild things, and from dub, a technique in which the music is divided into more than 16 tracks, and recomposed live at every session.
Hakai Dub is a performance that tries to break with the theatrical conventions of the passive spectator. The public is invited to participate, both metaphorically and physically, and to reconnect with the ritual of moving together and creating a collective intelligence as a group.
Hakai Dub is made up of three parts: a video projection showing works by Cecilia Bengolea in collaboration with the Jamaican dancehall scene; a solo by Japanese dancer Erika Miyauchi, in which she continues her research on dancehall by dancing on pointe shoes; and a workshop in which the audience is invited to participate in a dance ensemble.
Cecilia Bengolea and Erika Miyauchi have been collaborating since 2015 and they are currently carrying out a thorough research on dub language, dancehall culture and sound system, all of which originate from Jamaica and which are seen as spaces of freedom and expression, creativity and social transformation. Their work has led to them to create several staged performances that have been shown in public spaces and museums around the world.
Cecilia Bengolea (Buenos Aires, 1979) works with a range of media, including performance, video and sculpture, using dance as a tool and a medium for radical empathy and emotional exchange. Bengolea develops a broad artistry where she sees movement, dance and performance as animated sculpture, where she herself is both the object and subject in her own work. Infused with the symbolic energies found within nature and empathic relationships, her compositions are formed around ideas of the body – both individually and collectively – being used as a medium.
Bengolea has collaborated with dancehall artists such as Craig Black Eagle, Bombom DHQ and Damion BG, and with artists Dominique Gonzalez Forster and Jeremy Deller. Her collaborative work with French choreographer François Chaignaud on Pâquerette (2005-2008) and Sylphides (2009) earned her several awards, such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist’s Prize at the Gwangju Biennial in 2014. They have also co-created performance pieces for their dance company, as well as for the Ballet de Lyon (2013), the Ballet de Lorraine (2014) and the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
Erika Miyauchi (Japan, 1990) began classical dance at the age of seven. She studied at the Rui Ballet Studio in Japan, and gave her first performances with the Yoe Ballet, K-Ballet, Royal Ballet and Jan Nuyts. She longed to turn her passion into her profession, so decided to go to London to perfect her skills, where she attended the Pineapple Dance Studio and Danceworks.
In 2011 she moved to Paris to start her career as a dancer, and in 2014 she joined the Vlovajobpru company. It was there that she also began a research project with choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. She made her debut as an associate performer in the choreographic research into How Slow the Wind for the Opéra de Lyon (2014) and Devoted for the Lorena ballet (2015). As a performer, she took part in the contemporary piece Sylphides, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014). Since 2016 she has been performing in DFS and takes part in numerous festivals such as the Block Universe Art Festival in London (2015), the FIG-2 Exhibition in London (2016), Art Night London (Delfina Foundation, 2016) and most recently with the Dia: Beacon Foundation in the United States (2017) in a unique performance that takes the most recognised pieces from the Vlovajobpru company, such as Sylphides, Dub Love and DFS.
As well as this, from June 2015 to June 2016, Erika was a member of the classical dance company Ballet 18.6, with which she performs Dans le rêve de Pygmalion and Hana. As an expatriate Japanese artist in France, Erika Miyauchi takes part in the artistic events held by Le Murmure association, a Franco-Japanese organisation that encourages cultural exchanges.