Dad & Son #2 (Ribbon Dance)
(2019) Premiere April 18-21 at DOCK 11, Berlin
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Dad & Son #2 (Ribbon Dance) elaborates on two previous works: the solo Ribbon Dance by Frédéric Gies and the duet Dad & Son by Frédéric Gies and Samuel Draper. To the infectious techno set by Fiedel (Berghain-Ostgut Ton), The two dancers sensually and joyfully surrender to these currents and forces in a celebratory dance that exposes and celebrates an unorthodox form of kinship rather than a normative, biological relationship. If the title of the performance can be interpreted as a wink to a gay form of sexual relationship, it exceeds this specific association, as it actually refers to another form of relationship the two dancers have agreed upon and live in the frame of their created surrogate family. The performance neither represents nor comments on the nature of this relationship, but simply puts it on stage as a ready-made. As the two dancers engage in a voluptuous dance (based on the original material of Ribbon dance, which was a tribute to Watermotor by Trisha Brown) or when they bring the techno dance floor to the stage, they give to see what can circulates between two bodies – a younger and an older one, what is transmitted from one to another and the unutterable bounds betweens them.
Concept and score: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Samuel Draper, Frédéric Gies
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo