Feb 16+17. Weld Extended at Dansens Hus
Weld Extended is an extension of the Weld Company project. It brings together dancers and choreographers of different ages and experiences in a joint exploration. The premiere of Chiron in Aries, Recital #4 at Dansens Hus is the continuation of a series of dances previously presented at Weld with Frédéric Gies’ own ensemble. This time, instead, a new constellation of dance artists, both new and familiar and within the framework of Weld Extended, form the ensemble.
February 16 at 7pm
February 17 at 7pm
Tickets via Dansens Hus
Premiere party with DJ Fiedel in the foyer after the performance on February 16.
Conversation with the audience in the foyer on February 17.
Ask your questions to the group!
Participants: Frédéric Gies, Anna Koch, Elise Brewer, Brittanie Brown, Gergo D.Farkas, Nefeli Gioti, Andreas Haglund, Maria Naidu, Anna Pehrsson
The choreography Constellations and alliances: Chiron in Aries, Recital #4 invites you into a world where dance could come from an imaginary past or an imaginary future. The dances have been composed as if they were folk, ritual dances and play with different constellations in transformation. The wild unruly and the soft are intertwined. The piece invents its own mythology. What constellations and alliances bring us together today? Can alliances and constellations change, give us hope and build bridges? Gie’s choreographies lie right on the edge where old and new rub against each other. What emerges in this friction?
The piece is the fourth chapter in the Chiron in Aries dance cycle, which refers to Greek mythology and its absorption of astrology following Warriors: Chiron in Aries, Recital #1 (2020) and Hope: Chiron in Aries, Recital #2 (2021) and Barricades and Legacies: Chiron in Aries, Recital #3 (2022)
In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur raised by Apollo, who initiated him into the arts of healing, music and prophecy, making him different from the other violent and unruly centaurs. When he was hit by a poisoned arrow, he received a wound that never healed. In astrology, the minor planet Chiron is called the ”wounded healer” and represents our deepest wounds and our ability to heal.
Choreography: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Elise Brewer, Brittanie Brown, Gergo D.Farkas, Nefeli Gioti, Andreas Haglund, Maria Naidu, Anna Pehrsson.
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
Costume design: Grzegorz Matlag
Production: Weld in collaboration with Dance is ancient
Co-production: Dansens Hus
Supported by the Swedish Arts Council, Stockholms stad and Region Stockholm
is an extension of Weld’s Weld Company project, which started in 2013 as an institutional critique to find new ways for a dance company to operate and develop together. The experimental project has been working on what shapes dance and choreography as a field; knowledge transfer, traditions, history and development. Young and established choreographers have been invited to create new choreographic works, in close collaboration with the company’s dancers. Dancers of a wide age range have explored what a dance company can be today, in the encounter with materials, aesthetics, concepts, choreographers and contexts, but also how to negotiate the respective differences of all, while supporting and developing the individual dancer/choreographer to strengthen a community and respective professional role. With both short and longer choreographic processes to finished performances in smaller and larger formats, a number of dancers of different ages, knowledge and experience have worked together with Swedish and international choreographers on Swedish and international stages. After 10 years of operation, the project is now under review. At the moment it is Weld Extended that is taking the project forward.
Frédéric Gies (SE/FR)
is a dancer and choreographer based in Sweden. Alternating between clockwork composition and the intense chaos generated by dancing bodies surrendering to the desires and forces that permeate them, Frédéric Gies’ pieces give dance the ability to speak without needing to demonstrate or represent. Drawing on his previous training in ballet, encounters with specific trends in contemporary dance in the 1990s, dance floor experiences at techno clubs and raves, and their study of somatic practices, Gies approaches form as possibilities rather than constraints. Thier work addresses politics in a non-representational way; bodies as instigators of movement do not reinforce identities but instead excavate layers of complexity. Frédéric Gies’ work is also closely linked to techno music. He has developed the practice Technosomatics, which proposes a somatic approach to club dancing.
Frédéric Gies has been working as a choreographer since 1996, first based in France then Germany and in recent years; Sweden. Their work is presented locally, nationally and internationally in traditional venues, as well as in clubs, music festivals and museums. During their career, their work has been shown in 19 different countries. Gies began her career as a dancer in the early 90s in France. They danced for choreographers such as Daniel Larrieu, Olivia Grandville, Jean-François Duroure, Odile Duboc, Bernard Glandier and Christophe Haleb. It was also in France that they began to create own choreographic works, first in collaboration with others and then as a solo artist. They has also danced in works by, for example. Cristina Caprioli, Jefta van Dinther, Alice Chauchat, Isabelle Schad and Antonija Livingstone. Throughout their career they has also choreographed works for others such as. Weld and DDSKS. And in 2021, Gies has created an original work for Corpus.