François Chaignaud, graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM) in Paris (2002). Since then he has collaborated as a dancer with various choreographers such as Boris Chamartz, Emmanuelle Huynh, Gilles Jobin, Tiago Guedes, Alain Buffard, and Dominique Brun.
Since 2004 he has shown several performances and concerts, among others: He’s one that goes To sea for nothing but to make him sick (2005), Aussi bien que ton coeur, ouvre-moi les genoux (2008). He’s involved in many collaborations, a.o. with swiss artist Marie Caroline Hominal (Duchesses (2009), with french model Benjamin Dukhan, with cabaret artist Jérôme Marin (Sous l’ombrelle (2011)) or with american legendary drag queen Rumi Missabu from the Cockettes (based in San Francisco).
Since 2005, he has collaborated with Cecilia Bengolea. Together they created Paquerette, Sylphides, Castor & Pollux, Danses Libres, (M)imosa (in collaboration with Trajal Harrell and Marlene Monteiro Freitas) and ‘altered natives Say Yes To another Excess – TWERK. Their pieces have received Critique Awards and are all curently touring internationally.
He is currently working on a solo that will be premiered at Montpellier Danse Festival. In addition, he is active as an academic historian and has recently published a book about French early feminism (L’Affaire Berger-Levrault – les féminismes à l’épreuve, PUR, Rennes, 2009).