DANCE IS ANCIENT – performance
Frédéric Gies + Fiedel + Anton Stoianov – 2016
DANCE IS ANCIENT is a durational performance that is a club night and a club night that is a performance, for which the dancer and choreographer Frédéric Gies collaborates with the dj Fiedel, the visual artist Anton Stoianov and the lighting designer Thomas Zamolo. To the infectious techno beats of Fiedel, Frédéric Gies inhabits the dance floor and all adjacent spaces as a faunlike, panic figure. Dancing non-stop during the whole performance, he acts as a catalyst for the audience’s dance and trance. Eliciting and unleashing the fathomless and primal forces that traverse the depths of dancing bodies, Frédéric Gies also serves a whole history of dance, summoning up ghosts of dancers, from Nijinski, to Isadora Duncan and Dominique Bagouet, and collapsing the difference between ballet, club dance and folk dances. Intensifying all together the bodily, perceptual, sensual, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of the experience of dancing, DANCE IS ANCIENT brings the magic of the dance floor to its highest levels.
DANCE IS ANCIENT has been presented in different contexts from electronic music festival to contemporary art museum, club, dance and performance venue and festival:
Inkonst (Malmö, Sweden); Norbergfestival (Norberg, Sweden); Serralves – museum of contemporary art (Poro, Portugal); Weld (Stockholm, Sweden); Röda Sten- in cooperation with Skogen (Gothenburg, Sweden); Malta festival (Poznan, Poland); Zürich Moves Festival (Zürich, Switzerland).
The performance is 7 hours long (possible variation son request, from 4 hours up to 10 hours).
Dance: Frédéric Gies / DJ: Fiedel / Sculpture: Anton Stoianov / Lights: Thomas Zamolo
Funded by the Swedish Arts Council, coproduced by Weld and Skogen, with the support of Röda Sten
Administration: The Artist Cooperative Interim Kultur
Pictures in the gallery: Thomas Zamolo
Video documentation (password on request)