Paris 1920s. Josephine Baker, lead dancer at the Folies Bergères, creates her famous Danse Sauvage, giving birth to the iconic banana skirt. Her unprecedented style, her erotic moves and her funny side shook up the old continent in its colonial vision of black culture. Joséphine, frowned-upon by puritan USA, propels on European scenes a great deal of glitz and glamour topped with her irresistible humor, which continues to inspire others to this day.

Her unprecedented style, her erotic moves and her funny side shook up the old continent in its colonial vision of black culture.

With Twerk, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea pursue their work on popular music, of which they accentuate the audacious, sensual and provocative sides with an outstanding physical performance. On DJ Sylvere’s overpowering blasting music, yellow lips suck on ice sticks whose colors match those of the outfits. Unbridled rhythms, freed bodies and an Ibiza-worthy light creation shine up to the last rows.

 

Anna Pi, Cecilia Bengolea and Alex Mugler in Twerk, illustration © Araso
Anna Pi, Cecilia Bengolea and Alex Mugler in Twerk, illustration © Araso

The backside muscles duo between a François Chaignaud in a nude thong crowned with a wig à la Afida Turner and an ultra-synchronized Alex Mugler in pink pants, both of them doing the splits, is the banana belt of the 21th century.


Performance seen within Répertoire, Carte Blanche to Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud at the CND, on March 31st 2017.