Technosomatics is a movement practice developed by Frédéric Gies who shares it in various workshop formats. It consists of a collective and individual exploration of the endocrine glands (the major chemical system of our body) and the chakras (energy centers) 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 eyes closed, in a pitch-dark room. It emphasizes the experiential body and explores alternative maps, which both match and deviate from the mainstream scientific map of the body. 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, and in their dance floor experiences. As a form of meditation in movement, it explores trancelike states of consciousness and acknowledges the healing potential of the act of dancing. It also approaches club dance as a tool for self-discovery and for expanding the range of our perceptions. The practice doesn’t require any specific background in dance.
So far, Frédéric Gies shared the practice in different dance BA and MA programmes at university and in different dance and public contexts: Impulstanz (Vienna), Tanzkongress (Dresden), 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 and Malmö), Skogen (Gothenburg), Folk (Gothenburg), KTH-R1 (Stockholm), Stretch Festival (Berlin), Body IQ (Berlin), DDSKS (Copenhagen). He also transmitted the practice in the frame of c-along, a research project initiated by Hanna Wildow in collaboration with various artists at CCAP (Stockholm).
Drawing by Frédéric Gies