Frédéric Gies is a dancer and choreographer. Between clockwork composition and the intensities and chaos generated by dancing bodies surrendering to the desires and forces that traverse them, their dance pieces bring to the forefront the capacity of dance to speak without having to demonstrate or represent. Drawing from their former training in ballet, their encounter with specific trends of contemporary dance at the beginning of the 90s, their dance floor experiences in techno clubs and raves and their study of somatic practices, they approach forms as possibilities rather than constraints. They present their work internationally in various contexts (dance venues, music festivals, museums). They were head of programme of the master in choreography at DOCH-SKH for six years. They taught in various contexts such as HZT, SNDO, DDSKS, Ponderosa, Danscentrum and were mentor for DanceWEB in 2021.
In this classes, I propose to navigate between somatic explorations and existing forms and exercises originating in western forms of dance (ballet, modern and post-modern dance). The aim is both to approach these forms in a more embodied way and to use them for fostering an integrated, corporeal understanding of the anatomical structures we mobilize when we dance. At the end of the class, we apply these explorations to fragments of dance materials from my pieces.