In the frame of 8th Tanznacht Berlin 2014
Let’s imagine a futuristic social dance. A dance that could never crystallise into a shape. It would consist of the outcome of the physical dialogue between the dancers. It would be made of continuous negotiations between different individual choices made within the group. It would demand that each individual listens to the impulses of the others in the most sensitive way and evaluate the response, second by second. If one voice within the group was ignored, isolated or repressed, this would cause a tension that would jeapordize the whole process. Like the butterfly effect in chaos theory, every individual movement would have an effect on this whole dancing community. Let’s imagine that this dance was a political practice.
Concept and score: Frédéric Gies. Dancers: Asaf Ahronson, Evamaria Bakardjiev, Frédéric de Carlo, Frédéric Gies, Thiago Granato, Ligia Manuela Lewis, Antonija Livingstone, Guillem Mont de Palol, Sonja Pregrad, Odile Seitz. Lighting design: Ruth Waldeyer. Tights: Such a Sally. Production management: Christian Modersbach. A Frédéric Gies and Sophiensaele production, funded bythe Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Supported by a residency at Weld and the artist in residence programme at Fabrik Potsdam, (funded by Brandenburger Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft with Mitteln des Hauptstadtvertrages und Landeshauptstadt Potsdam)
Frédéric Gies is a dancer, choreographer and senior lecturer in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm, where he is head of programme of the Master in Choreography. He creates his works alone or in collaboration with other dancers and choreographers, or with artists from other fields. He currently develops a research project under the title “Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and choir”. www.fredericgies.com