Jan 31 – Feb 3. Queens Of The Fauns / Frédéric Gies (FR/SE)

Queens Of The Fauns is a pangender duet danced by Frédéric Gies and Elizabeth Ward, which dialogues with a keystone in dance history: The Afternoon Of A Faun by Nijinsky. To the techno beats of a live set by the dj Fiedel, the two dancers develop a dance conceived as an incantation in which the mythological figures of the faun and of the nymph merge.

While leaving the tradition of ballet to create an experimental dance form was central to Nijinsky’s project, their voluptuous dance collapses the distinction between erudite and popular, traditional and experimental forms of dance, creating a poetics of movement and embodiment in which various opposites coexists, dissolve, unite or merge into one another.

Queens Of The Fauns also echoes the sexual load of The Afternoon Of A Faun, as the dance and the dancer’s bodies are saturated with sensuality. Nevertheless, this dance escapes the paradigm of the hunter and the hunted present in Nijinsky’s piece and proposes another economy of relationships.

Concept and score: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Frédéric Gies and Elizabeth Ward
Music: Fiedel
Set design: Anton Stoianov
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
Costumes: Grzegorz Matlag/Maldoror
Makeup (prints for set design): Mario Mendez
Pictures (prints for set design): Yusuf Etiman
Production: Mira Mutka and Frédéric Gies

Coproduction: Weld and Skogen
Administration: the artists cooperative Interim Kultur
With the support of Kulturrådet, Konstnärsnämnden and Inkonst

Frédéric Gies (FR/SE)
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. He has been head of theMA programme in choreography at DOCH-SKH (2012-2018). He has collaborated in various formats with artists such as Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Manuel Pelmus, DD Dorvillier, Jefta van Dinther, Anna Pehrsson a.o. For his most recent works, he collaborates with the DJ Fiedel (Berghain/Ostgut ton) and the visual artist Anton Stoianov.

Elizabeth Ward (US/AT)
is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Vienna. She uses ballet as an active language to relate and expose performance spaces, whether they be traditional theaters or re-purposed industrial venues. For the last several years, she worked with electronic dance music as accompaniments to these ballets. As a performer she has performed and collaborated with DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Cathy Weis, Andrea Mauer, Yvonne Meier, Claudia Bosse, The bureau for Future of Choreography, JMY Leary, Vanessa Anspaugh, Mårten Spångberg, Jennifer Lacey, Liz Santoro, Anne Juren, Linda Austin, Heather Kravas, and Antonija Livingstone amongst others. She has taught workshops combining ballet and improvisation at Tnaquartier, Impulstanz, DOCH, Classclassclass, Dance New Amsterdam, Waybe State University, Danscentrum, SNDO, Iceland Academy of Arts.