Dumy moyi

François Chaignaud


February 9 | 20.30 hours


Dumy moyi is a multilingual recital coloured with Ukrainian, Philippine and Sephardic melodies. Close to the public and with a garment that is almost like a sculpture, François Chaignaud performs dances and songs inspired by the Theyyam rituals from Malabar (India).

François Chaignaud explores the association of singing and dance and faces different sources and genealogies. This piece is like an antidote to the rituals of Western theatre, its frontality, its frequency, its balance of power. The dance of the early twentieth century was based on a vast repertoire of forms and expressions: exotic dances that came from colonial empires, popular cabaret scenes, which were absorbed in Western theatre.

Dumy Moyi embraces logic and blinding images. A dream show, halfway between ceremony, number, parade and recital. Chaignaud’s work has been habitually created next to Cecilia Bengolea and danced with numerous choreographers, such as Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh and Alain  Buffard. His work can be placed at a crossroads where various influences come together –erotic dance, operetta, hula-hop, drag shows and cabaret.

Chaignaud brings together in his work theory and practice, a great knowledge of the history of art, music and dance, and a wild scenic presence that refers to club dances and at the same time traditional dance.



Created by: François Chaignaud
Performed by: François Chaignaud
Music: Jérôme Marin
Lighting: Philippe Gladieux
Wardrobe: Romain Brau
Production: Anne Reungoat, Jeanne Lefèvre, Céline Peychet, Vlovajob Pru Vlovajob Pru is subsidized by DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and receives support from the Institut Français and the Institut Français/Ville de Lyon for their projects abroad. François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea are associate artists at  Bonlieu Scène National Annecy.
Co-production: Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Centre de Développement Chorégraphique Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées, Gessnerallee Zürich, deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus (Anvers), Ménagerie de Verre ( in the framework of Studiolab, research laboratory).
Acknowledgments: Viktor Ruban, Cecilia Bengolea, Christelle Hano, Philippe Laboual, Philippe Blanc, Pascal Quéneau

Premiere – Montpellier Festival 2013