The durational performance Dance is Ancient (6-10 hours long) is conceived as a dance rite, performed and facilitated by Frédéric Gies, who dances to the infectious techno beats of Fiedel who is behind the turntables, around a totemic sculpture created by visual artist Anton Stoianov and under the lights, reminiscent of the dance floor. The space in which it takes place is thought neither as a club, nor as a theatre/performance space, if not thought as both or as a space from another kind. The audience is invited to experience, spend time and engage with Fiedel’s compound of sounds, beats and intensities, and with Gies’ dance. This dance, which addresses all together the bodily, perceptual, sensual, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the experience of dancing, summons up ghosts of other dancers and dances. It elicits and unleashes fathomless and primal forces that traverse the depths of dancing bodies and invokes faunlike, panic figures. It engenders forms that shape-shift into each other. Dance is Ancient opens up a space for a multiplicity of individual and collective movements yet to be written and un-written. It brings the focus back to the dance floor and to the magical powers of the act of dancing. Light design by Fabian Nyman.
Frédéric Gies (FR) is an artist in the field of experimental dance, based in Stockholm. Active in the international dance scene since the nineties, he is today one of the leading figures of contemporary dance in Sweden, as head of the Master Programme in Choreography at Stockholm University of Arts.
Fiedel (DE) is one of the forerunners of Berlin techno, and an Ostgut and later Berghain resident DJ since 2000. His idiosyncratic and striking productions, in the duo of MMM or as a solo artist, have infected dance floors since the nineties.
Anton Stoianov (BG) is a Bulgarian visual artist based in Berlin. Favouring the spiritual and personal over the intellectual, his reductive works evokes the past in the present.