(2019) Premiere October 10-11 at The Hall in the frame of Pass.hall by CCAP
picture: Malin Stattin
Seven Extravaganzas recycles Frédéric Gies solo Ribbon Dance, created at Weld in 2015. It brings together on stage seven accomplished dancers and choreographers between age 37 and 59 (Frédéric Gies, Anna Koch, Hokuto Kodama, Anne Juren, Benoît Lachambre, Andrea Svensson, Elizabeth Ward) who raise high the flag of a voluptuous, lavish dance, to the techno beats of a set by Fiedel. Shamelessly exposing their bodies barely covered by the flamboyant costumes by the fashion designer Grzegorz Matlag, they engage in a collective dance that never becomes a policed chorus, in which each singular dance constitutes both a call for and a response to another dance. Blurring the boundaries between erudite and popular forms of dance and doing away with the fetishization of dance history, each dance and each body reveals the histories that permeate them. For about 75 minutes, this uncanny troupe reveals the never ending ebbs and flows that traverses their bodies, show us all the tricks they can do with a gymnastic ribbon and remember together the hidden and forgotten origins of raving. They generously bring into form an extravaganza, an utopic and poetic world.
Concept: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Andrea Svensson, Benoît Lachambre, Anne Koch, Hokuto Kodama, Anne Juren, Elizabeth Ward, Frédéric Gies
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
Costumes: Grzegorz Matlag / Maldoror
With the support of Kulturrådet, Konstnärnsnämnden, Stockholm City and CCAP