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technosomatics is a movement practice developed by Frédéric Gies who shares it in various workshop formats open to anyone who has an appetite for dancing to techno. It is a practice that 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 chakras. It is practiced mostly with closed eyes, and in a pitch-dark room. It approaches mainstream anatomy as a fiction, emphasising the experienced body. It is also proposing another kind of collective and social experience, different from a somatic/dance class and from the dance floor. It offers a safe and genuine space for going under the social, being alone together and indulging in altered states of consciousness.
The practice connects to both the field of somatics (movement eduction practices) and to techno club/rave dance cultures. It originates in Frédéric Gies’ encounters with diverse somatic practices, especially Body-Mind Centering ®, and in his dance floor experiences. It acknowledges the healing potential of the act of dancing.
So far, Frédéric Gies shared the practice in different dance BA and MA programmes at university and in different dance and public contexts: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), Art stations – Stary Browar (Poznan), Ponderosa (Germany), Weld (Stockholm), HZT (Berlin), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), DOCH-UNIARTS (Stockholm), Sunday run_up (Stockholm), Danscentrum (Gothenburg), Skogen (Gothenburg), Folk (Gothenburg), KTH-R1 (Stockholm), Stretch Festival (Berlin), Body IQ (Berlin).
ARTISTBIO: Frédéric Gies
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 clubs and raves. The dances he creates collapse in various ways the hierarchies and distinctions between different dance forms, recycling and perverting dance history.
Besides his own pieces, he also created works in collaboration with other choreographers (Anna Pehrsson, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz). 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.
Since 2014, his works are tightly connected to techno music and to his club and rave experiences. For all of them, he works in a close collaboration with the techno DJ Fiedel (Berghain/Ostgut ton) and the lighting designer Thomas Zamolo. For several works, he worked also in close collaboration with the visual artist Anton Stoianov. In 2018 he was commissioned to create the piece Tribute for Weld Company and beginning of 2019, the piece Uranus for the BA in dance and choreography at DDSKS.
Parallel to his latest works, he also developed the practice Technosomatics, which he transmits in various contexts.
He has been invited as guest teacher in various contexts (HZT, SNDO, TEAK, Ponderosa…). Between 2012 and 2018, he was a senior lecturer in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm, and was head of the Master Programme in Choreography.
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