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Recording: 2022-04-28 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Frédéric Gies

(Black) Ribbon Dance


Production Details / Press Releases

(Black) Ribbon Dance is a dance or resistance, in dialogue with a text that uncompromisingly points at the core issues of neoliberal representative governance in Covid-19 times.

(Black) Ribbon Dance is a version of Frédéric Gies Ribbon dance. The original piece consisted in a celebratory dance to techno music. For this new version, which was created in April 2021, after a year of pandemic, the original techno soundtrack is replaced by a recording of The manufacture of our dressage – a text written by Gies during the spring 2021, which reflects on political issues revealed by the current health crisis. The celebratory and voluptuous dance of the original piece becomes a dance of resistance, as it clashes and dialogues with the text that uncompromisingly points at the core issues of neoliberal representative governance in Covid-19 times. Doing away with the great divide between the essential and the non-essential which has defined our lives during the last two years, it claims back the spaces in which we collectively make sense with our lives and where democratic debate can take place.

Frédéric Gies is a dancer and choreographer based in Sweden. Oscillating 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 anything. 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 approaches form as possibilities rather than constraints. Their dances playfully collapse the distinction and hierarchies between erudite and popular forms of dance. In their pieces, bodies as the instigators of movement don’t reinforce identities but excavate the complexity of their layers. They present their works nationally and internationally in various contexts, including dance venues, music festivals and museums.


TFB Nr. 1638

Cast & Credits

Dance / Choreography / Text: Frédéric Gies
Produced by Dance is ancient. Dance is ancient is supported by The Swedish Arts council and the city of Malmö.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Frédéric Gies / Trailers and Video Documentations

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