The dancer as agent collection

The online version of The dancer as agent collection, for which I wrote the essay Living the tribe, leaving the tribe is published now on

This collection is an unwrapping of The Dancer as Agent conference (DOCH Stockholm, November 2013). Launched in December 2014, it creates a context in which the contours of agency that emerge from dancers’ artistic practices can be bounced off, wandered through, felt, fit and shared.

Editors: Chrysa Parkinson and Jeroen Peeters
Editorial assistance: Julien Bruneau
Lay-out: Julien Bruneau and Jeroen Peeters
Videos and stills: Mauri film
Drawings: Brynjar Abel Bandlien

Bad girls practices: the 0.00% seminar #1


22 NOV, Stockholm University of the Arts

Bad girls practices: the 0.00% seminar #1

Bad girls practices: the 0.00% seminar #1 is an invitation to spend seven hours together in the same place: Stockholm University of the Arts, Linnégatan 87, Stockholm. During these seven hours, Frédéric Gies will present the outcomes of his research project Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir. He will host the event together with Anna Efraimsson and Peter Mills. There will be dance, techno, talks, food and probably many other things. Of course, nobody is obliged to stay during the whole time, but coming at the beginning is good.

This event, conceived as a new step within the research project, will start at 11:00 with “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere”, a 3 hours 38 minutes experiment that Frédéric Gies prepared with the DJ Fiedel (resident in Berghain) and the visual artist Anton Stoianov.

Etymologically, choreography means writing the circle dance, the choir dance. If one understand the choir dance as the choir, as what we do together, as what we do as a community, then there is a political issue at the core of the task of choreographing. Interestingly enough, the word made its first appearance in 1700, during French absolutism, to name a dance notation system created by Raul Auger Feuillet, who made his career at the Royal Academy of Music in France. The research project Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir seeks for ways to address the issue at the core of the word choreography in relation to specific aspects of the current political context. It seeks for way to approach choreography as an un-writing practice.

During the one year process of this research, Frédéric Gies collaborated with:

– Carla Bottiglieri: dancer, BMC practitioner and phd student at the Dance Department of  Paris 8 University.

– Peter Mills: choreographer, former student in the MA in choreography at DOCH-SKH

– Anna Efraimsson: curator and producer, senior lecturer in choreography with a specialization in curatorial practices at DOCH-SKH



Today, Frédéric participates in Sunday run-up, an event organized by Cristian Caprioli, Ulrika Berg and Philip Berlin

16:00-22:00 at Svarta Huset, Stockholm, metro Telefonplan

Frédéric danses at 19:00, 40 minutes of what will be soon a new work.

Other artists participating in the event: Hanna Wildow, Tove Salmgren, Johan Jönsson, Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Lisen Ellard, Merzedes šturm-Lie, Katja Lindeberg, Clara Collman, Sanna Söderholm , LUNE~ Linnéa Martinsson Yoann Durant Hanna Strandberg Robert Malmborg Aron Blom Mikko Hyvönen Pontus Pettersson




bad girls pic 2




16+17 MAY at 19:00


GOOD GIRLS GO TO HEAVEN BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWEHRE is an experiment of 3 hours and 38 minutes. It is part of Frédéric Gies research project, which he currently develops at DOCH-UNIARTS.

Concept and dance: Frédéric Gies

DJ: Fiedel

Floor installation: Anton Stoianov

Produced by Weld

walk+talk at dans <3 stockholm




Dates: 6 dec kl 17.30
Length: Ca 90 min

Vienna-based Philipp Gehmacher grew tired of listening to theorists discussing choreographers’ work and movements. Instead, he took the initiative to create Walk + Talk, a sort of performance and lecture rolled into one. On stage, in front of the audience, the artists talk while moving-in other words choreographing themselves as they go, providing unique insight into their special way of working. Participating at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern are Phillipp Gehmacher, Anna Koch, Frédéric Gies and Tove Sahlin.

Seven Thirty In Tights

Premiere: 25 APRIL 2013
+ 26-27-28 APRIL 2013

Lecture by Sylvie Tissot: 27 APRIL 2013

Workshop: 28 APRIL 2013

Sophiensaele Berlin


Let’s imagine a futuristic social dance. The dance would be the outcome of the physical dialogue between the dancers. This physical dialogue would be made of continuous negotiations between different individual choices made within the group. It would demand that each individual listens to the others’ impulses in the most sensitive way and evaluates, second by second, how to respond to it. If one voice within the group would be ignored, isolated or repressed, this would cause a tension that would jeopardize the process of the whole. As in the butterfly effect in chaos theory, each singular move would have an effect on the whole community. Let’s imagine that this dance would be a political practice.

Seven Thirty in Thights is the outcome of several research residences and workshops, involving different groups of dancers, which took place in Zagreb, Stockholm, Alexandria and Berlin. Two previous versions of the piece were presented in Zagreb and in Alexandria in 2011.

In addition to the piece, the audience can attend a workshop in which some of the dances of the piece are transmitted and practiced together, as well as a lecture by Sylvie Tissot, professor of political sciences, on her book “De bons voisins” (“good neighboors”), which examines strategies of social distinction in urban elites.

The score of the piece will be published on this website.


Concept and score: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Sandro Amaral, 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 production of Frédéric Gies and Sophiensaele
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds / Residence at Weld and at Fabrik Potsdam, Artists-in- residence (the programme Artists-in-residence is funded by Brandenburger Ministerium für Infrastruktur und Landwirtschaft with Mitteln des Hauptstadtvertrages and Landeshauptstadt Potsdam)

Zagreb version: production ekscena 2010-2011 / Realized in collaboration with Zagreb Dance Centre and HIPP – Croatian institute for movement and dance / Supported by Zagreb City Council for Culture, Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Alexandria version: supported by Goethe Institute