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Live Talk: François Chaignaud & Matthew Lyons

François Chaignaud ©Laurent Poleo Garnier & Matthew Lyons

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Festival Experiences and Festival d'Avignon present the last Live Talk of the program Classes d'Art du Festival d'Avignon

WHEN: Monday, November 16  - 1 PM (EST)

WITH: François Chaignaud, dancer, choregrapher, writer and co-founder of the Compagnie Vlovajob Pru and Matthew Lyons, curator at The Kitchen.

Location: Online

Duration: 75 minutes including Q&A

45 to 50 minutes for the conversation; 20 minutes for the Q&A. Questions will be collected prior to the talk, and in the live chat. 

Access via Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kT05ua8ATzaAryeuMQhDHQ

About The Speakers

François Chaignaud

François Chaignaud began studying dance at the age of six. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris in 2003, he worked with several choreographers such as Boris Charmatz, Emmanuelle Huynh, and Alain Buffard, as well as developing his own works. From He’s One that Goes to Sea for Nothing but to Make him sick (2004) to Думи мої (2013), he has created performances in which dance and singing intersect in a variety of environments. In the tension that he creates, the possibilities of a body take shape, inhabiting the space between the sensual rigor of movement, the evocative power of singing, and the convergence of heterogeneous historical references — from erotic literature (Aussi Bien Que Ton Cœur Ouvre Moi Les Genoux, 2008) to sacred art. Also a historian, François Chaignaud published L’Affaire Berger-Levrault: le féminisme à l’épreuve (1898-1905) with PUR.

Matthew Lyons

Matthew Lyons is Curator at The Kitchen where he has developed numerous projects in the visual and performing arts since 2005.   During these years at The Kitchen, Lyons has programmed French artists such as Jérôme Bel, François Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea, Bruno Latour and Frédérique Aït-Touati, Philippe Quesne, Eliane Radigue, and Christian Rizzo. 

About Festival Experiences 

Starting September 2020, Festival Experiences, a subsidiary company of the Festival d'Avignon, offers an online series of historical content from the archives of the past 20 years of the Festival d'Avignon through a program of master classes entitled “Classes d’Art du Festival d’Avignon". In each “Classe d’Art”, an artist speaks of their creative approach alongside the re-transmissions of their shows from the Festival d’Avignon. In addition to the Classe d’Art online, Live Talks (via zoom) moderated by an American expert will be organized during the fall.


The program of Classes d'Art du Festival d'Avignon in the United States is co-organized by Festival Experiences with Festival d'Avignon, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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