Frédéric Gies

Bad girls' practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir

Researcher: Frederic Gies

Frédéric Gies grant funded project projekt ”Bad girls’ practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir” discusses political resistance in relation to the body, dance and choreography. Frédéric is assistant professor in choreography.

A project about political resistance in relation to the body, dance and choreography.

Frédéric Gies describes his grant funded project:

As the etymology and the genealogy of the word choreography suggests, choreography is about writing how we move together, according to given social and political constructions or as a way to represent, establish or reinforce such constructions and modalities of relation. Turning it inside out, it also holds the potential for a change, for creating other forms and modalities of relation.

In this research project, I propose to explore choreography as an un-writing practice, assuming that such a displacement holds potential for opening up to a space that allows the emergence of alternative modalities of relation, political practices, forms of embodiment and ways of moving singularly and collectively, instead of prescribing a new writing for moving and for political and social organization to be embodied. In order to develop choreography as an un-writing practice, I propose to explore specific articulations between dance, somatic practices and techno club subcultural elements alongside with gestures that affect the environment and the dispositif in which bodies move and enter in relation.

This research is also an answer to the possible violence of choreography and its inscriptions in bodies. As the research addresses the issue of writing the choir, the research process is significantly based on public experimentations, which facilitate both singular and collective experiences.