In Tribute – the library version, made especially for Moving in November festival 2020, you had the chance to see the choreographer Frédéric Gies himself dancing the piece originally conceived for a group of nine dancers, as a solo. The original version we present as part of Traces from November in June 2021.
Frédéric Gies & Weld Company: Tribute
In Tribute, Frédéric Gies has opened up his library of dances to the dancers of Weld Company. Making dances that summon up the poetic, delicate and raw textures of past dances, utterly present as the promise of dances to come. In the fall of 2018, the company invited Gies to create a choreography for them. The result of this invitation is Tribute; a full evening choreography for nine dancers, accompanied by a techno set by DJ Fiedel. Weld Company works with choreographers and dancers representing different generations, working methods and expressions and was initiated in 2013 by dance and art platform Weld in Stockholm, Sweden. Weld Company is furthering the idea of a dance company and what it can be today, creating an enabling structure where new constellations and ideas come into being. The main focus of the company is in creating a free space to practice the art form. To become the dancing body, the dancing community and through this, to pose questions about dance and choreography today.
Frédéric Gies is an artist in the field of experimental dance. 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 is currently based in Sweden.
Fiedel’s first DJ gigs in Berlin can be traced back to the early 90’s when he started spinning records at Subversiv’s weekly Monday events. MMM, a collaboration with his friend Errorsmith, was initiated shortly after he moved to Berlin. Fiedel’s residency at OstGut began in 2000 and was carried on to his current home base – Berghain. Further projects include an ongoing collaboration with choreographer Frédéric Gies.
Choreography: Frédéric Gies
Light design: Thomas Zamolo
Costume: Dress by Grzegorz Matlag / Maldoror
Dancers: Anna Westberg, Elias Girod, Marie Fahlin, Sybrig Dokter, Per Sacklén, Samuel Draper, Disa Krosness, Andreas Haglund and Andrea Svensson
Weld Company is initiated and conceptualised by Anna Koch / Weld and produced by Weld.
Supported by: Stockholms stad, the Swedish ArtsCouncil and Region Stockholm
Visit supported by: Institut français de Finlande
Visit in collaboration: Stoa
Photo: Thomas Zamolo
Traces from November is supported by Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council