Premiere: 25 APRIL 2013
+ 26-27-28 APRIL 2013
Lecture by Sylvie Tissot: 27 APRIL 2013
Workshop: 28 APRIL 2013
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