Frédéric Gies & Weld Company
Performance by Frédéric Gies (FR/SE) + Weld Company (SE)
In the fall of 2018 Weld Company (SE) invited dancer/choreographer Frédéric Gies to create a choreography. The result is Tribute a full evening choreography for 9 dancers of the company to a techno set by Fiedel.
In Tribute, Frédéric Gies has opened up his library of dances to the dancers of Weld Company, to make dances that summon up the poetic, delicate and raw textures of past dances, utterly present as the promise of dances to come.
“As I started to imagine what could be the dance piece I would make for a dance company that is “aiming to rediscover and revaluate the old institution of Dance Company”, personal memories of dances I witnessed came flooding back. Each of them is closely tied to a dancer whom I saw in the darkness of the dance floor or from my seat at the theatre. These memories, more than mere images, reappear as an imprint in my body. They are also constitutive of my dances. They are my library.” / Frédéric Gies
Saturday October12th Dansehallerne will invite you to join us for a drink and DJ Karin Bergman after the performance.
Choreography / Frédéric Gies
Light design / Thomas Zamolo
DJ / Fiedel
Dance / Anna Westberg, Robin Dingemans, Marie Fahlin, Sybrig Dokter, Per Sacklén, Disa Krosness, Andreas Haglund, Frédéric Gies and Andrea Svensson
Produced by / Weld, dance- and art platform in Stockholm
Premiere / December 7th, 2018, Stockholm
Duration / 80 minutes
Weld Company is initiated- and conceptualised by Anna Koch/Weld in 2013 and produced by the platform Weld in Stockholm. Weld Company is furthering the idea of a dance company and what it can be and do today and could be seen as an enabling structure where new constellations and ideas become. The main focus is on the space freed to practice the art form. To become the dancing body, the dancing community and through this pose questions about dance and choreography today.
Weld Company works with choreographers and dancers representing different generations, working methods and expressions. The Company work with invited choreographers, self made works and instigate the Swedish dance history. The members contribute with and are involved in selecting the content.
Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm.
Frédéric Gies is an artist in the field of experimental dance, based in Sweden. His work originates from rigorous movement research processes, which are informed by his experience in the field of somatic practices as well as in specific forms of contemporary dance, his former training in ballet and his participation in techno clubs and raves. The dances he creates collapse in various ways the hierarchies and distinctions between different dance forms. He presents his work and teaches internationally.
Fiedels first DJ gigs in Berlin can be traced back to the early 90’s when he started spinning records at Subversiv’s weekly Monday events. MMM, a collaboration with his friend Errorsmith, was initiated shortly after he moved to Berlin. Fiedel’s residency at OstGut began in 2000 and was carried on to his current home base – Berghain. Further projects include an ongoing collaboration with choreographer Frederic Gies.