"You can become something else through acting, voice, art. It motivates me a lot" - WORDROM.COM

“You can become something else through acting, voice, art. It motivates me a lot”

The dancer, choreographer, singer and writer François Chaignaud graduated in 2003 from the CNSM in Paris, he then collaborated with many choreographers (Alain Buffard, Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh or Gilles Jobin).

Since the creation of his first piece in 2004, he has led a multiple career as a dancer, choreographer, singer, actor, historian and cabaret artist. His work, which weaves for dance the dream of a global expression digging into the porosity and the potentialities of the body, is very early marked by the articulation of song and dance (Думи мої).
A graduate in history, he nourishes his art with in-depth research – historical depth that can be read both in his own plays and in the numerous collaborations he continues to lead, in particular with the cabarettist Jérôme Marin (under the umbrella), Marie-Caroline Hominal (Duchesses), or visual artist Théo Mercier (Radio Vinci Park).

From 2005 to 2016, François Chaignaud created with Cecilia Bengolea several outstanding pieces presented all over the world, among which Daisies (2005-2008), sylphs (2009), (MIMOSA (co-written and performed with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas, 2011), Dub Love (2013) and DFS (2016).
In 2021, he founded the structure Mandorle Productions, which affirms his desire to pursue an artistic approach marked by numerous collaborations. He creates with Nino Laisné ” Romances inciertos, another Orlando “, a danced and sung show based on figures of androgyny from Spanish Baroque folklore, presented at the 72nd edition of the Avignon Festival. Together, they are currently pursuing a new research around couple dances in South America. And with Geoffroy Jourdain Tumulus, on tour at the moment.


  • Tour of the show Tumulus by Francois Chaignaud and Geoffroy Jourdain:

November 16 in Cergy (Common Points)
November 18 in Saint Quentin en Yvelines (Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines)
from 24 to 27 November in Paris at the Grande halle de la Villette as part of the Festival d’Automne
November 30 in Bourges (House of Culture)
December 3 and 4 in Chambéry (Espace Malraux)
December 17 in Bruges (Concertgebouw)

  • Upcoming show dates Romances inciertos, another Orlando by Francois Chaignaud and Nino Laisné:

December 13 and 14 in Marseille (Le Zef)

  • The disc containing the music of the show incierto romances just published by Alborada editions

Useful links

Alborada Editions

Meeting with François Chaignaud and Elisabeth Schwartz for the recital “

François Chaignaud dances Isadora and the meaning of happiness” at the Musée de l’Orangerie September 2021.

Musical programming

Antonin Dvorak: Slavic dance in G min op.46 n°8
Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano
KML Recordings

Frédéric Chopin : Waltz in C sharp minor op.64 n°2
Yevgeny Kissin, piano

Reynaldo Hahn: Chive, “My name is Ciboulette” (Act I 2nd tableau), aria by Ciboulette
Régine Crespin, soprano
Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland
Alain Lombard, director

John Richafort: Requiem, Gradule “Si ambulem” – for 6-voice a cappella choir
Together Huelgas
Paul Van Nevel, director
Harmonia Mundi

Jose de Nebra / Jose de Cañizares: Love increases valor, “Ay amor!”, aria by Horacio
Francois Chaignaud, voice
François Joubert-Caillet, viola da gamba
Daniel Zapico, theorbo
Harmonia Mundi

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