Frédéric Gies

Frédéric Gies is an artist in the field of experimental dance, based in Stockholm. He is also a senior lecturer in choreography at Stockholm University of the Arts.

After dancing in the works of various French choreographers in the 90′s (Daniel Larrieu, Olivia Grandville, Odile Duboc, Jean-François Duroure, Bernard Glandier and Christophe Haleb), he started to develop his own work, which focuses on the articulation between dance, choreography and politics, and more precisely on how dance and choreography can address politics in a non-representational way. His pieces originate from 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 club and rave cultures. The dances he creates collapse in various ways the hierarchies and distinctions between different dance forms.

He creates his pieces alone or in collaboration with other choreographers (Anna Pehrsson, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz) or with artists from other disciplines (Fiedel, Anton Stoianov, Daniel Jenatsch, Andrea Keiz, Gavin Young ). He has been one of the initiators of the collective praticable. He also danced in pieces of other choreographers such as Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch, Isabelle Schad and Cristina Caprioli. His piece Dance (Praticable), which premiered in Berlin in 2006, toured for ten years and was presented in fifteen countries.

Since 2012, he is head of the Master Programme in Choreography at DOCH–UNIARTS. There, between 2013 and 2017, he also developed a research project: Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the chorus.

In 2010 and 2011, he was one of the organizers and curators of the Living Room Festival, which took place in Berlin and Madrid.

His latest works are tightly connected to techno music and to his club and rave experiences. For all of them, he collaborates with Fiedel, Dj resident in Berghain as well as with the visual artist Anton Stoianov. They are conceived as durational social gatherings with dance and techno music at their center, in which the audience is implicated in various ways. In 2016, he created together with Fiedel, Anton Stoianov and Thomas Zamolo the seven to ten hours performance Dance is ancient, which has been presented in Gothenburg and Stockholm in the frame of a five weeks event he organized also called Dance is ancient. In this context, he presented all his latest works (Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere / At the bottom left corner + Ribbon dance / Ribbon dance – movie installation by Gavin Youngs / Cinco Cintas / Dad and Son / Dance is ancient). In this frame, he also facilitated several sessions of his practice Technosomatics and exhibited his recent drawings.

Published 1 January 2006