dance is ancient (faun drawing)

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 chackras. It is practiced mostly with closed eyes, and in a pitch-dark room. It approaches mainstream anatomy as a fiction, emphasizing 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:  HZT (Berlin), Tanzfabrik (Berlin), DOCH-UNIARTS (Stockholm), Sunday run_up (Stockholm), Danscentrum (Gothenburg), Folk (Gothenburg), KTH-R1 (Stockholm), Stretch Festival (Berlin), Body IQ (Berlin), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), Art stations – Stary Browar (Poznan).

In the frame of the context Dance is ancient, Frédéric Gies invited several Djs to play for the sessions he organized: Fiedel, Dj City, Johanna Schneider and Nadja Chatti.

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