Frederic Gies

Frédéric Gies is an artist in the field of experimental dance based in Sweden. His work is anchored in rigorous movement research processes, which are informed by his experience in the field of somatic practices as well as in specific forms of contemporary dance, his former training in ballet and his participation in techno clubs and raves. Recycling and perverting dance history, his pieces collapse in many ways the distinction between erudite and popular dance forms. His work also explores the ways dance can address politics outside of language, semiotics and theatricality. Besides his work, he has also worked as a dancer for choreographers such as Daniel Larrieu, Cristina Caprioli, Isabelle Schad, Olivia Grandville (…). He has also co-signed pieces with other choreographers (DD Dorvillier, Jefta Van Dinther, Alice Chauchat…). Since 2014, he collaborates for all his pieces with the dj Fiedel. Between 2012 and 2018, he has been the head of programme of the MA in choreography at DOCH-SKH. He has been invited as a guest teacher in places such as HZT, SNDO, TEAK, Ponderosa (…).

Photographer: Thomas Zamolo

 

Technosomatics is a practice developed by Frédéric Gies, which consists of a collective and individual exploration of the endocrine glands and chakras through
club dancing to techno music as wells as the opposite: an exploration of club dancing while embodying the endocrine glands and the chackras.
The endocrine glands constitute the main chemical system of the body and the chackras are energy centers.
The practice connects to both the field of somatics (movement education practices) and to club dance, approached as dance practice as sophisticated as any other dance form.
It emphasizes the experienced body rather than the body as an object of study, making use of alternative maps of the body, which both differ and connect to western scientific anatomy.
It considers club dance as a medium for developing further one’s bodily awareness and understanding in subtle ways.
Through its somatic approach, it also expands the span of our perceptions and gives valuable tools for other forms of dance and techniques.
The sessions can as well comprise explorations and exercises, which connects to other dance forms, including ballet.
It is suitable for both professional dancers and the general audience.