concept and dance
© Frédéderic Gies
duration 3h 38min
The performance as a part of LET'S DANCE exhibition.
Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere is an invitation to spend 3 hours and 38 minutes in the same space - an experiment created by the dancer and choreographer Frédéric Gies in collaboration with the dj Fiedel, whose contagious techno beats infuse the space, and the visual artist Anton Stoinaov.
Frédéric Gies fell in love with Fiedel’s work (link), dancing many times on his sets in Berlin at Berghain, where Fiedel is resident. Fiedel started to dj publicly in the mid 90’s on Mondays at a club called Subversiv, which then has been a constant in Berlin’s underground techno scene. He is also part of MMM, a collaboration between him and Errorsmith. Their track “Donna” is considered a much played techno classic. In fall 2012 Fiedel started his own label called ‘Fiedelone’ to release his solo productions.
Berlin was also the meeting point for Frédéric and Anton Stoianov, when the two of them were regulars at the mythical Basso, a place where many artists were mingling, working and partying together. They also shared many nights and days on Berghain’s dance floor. Frédéric proposed Anton to collaborate on this project after seeing his large-scale abstract paintings, made without paint or pigment, but of worn cotton socks. His new body of work is currently presented at xavierlaboulbenne, Berlin.
The experiment “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere” is part of Frédéric Gies’ research project Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir, currently developed at DOCH – SKH
Frédéric Gies is a dancer and a choreographer, based in Stockholm and Berlin. After having danced in the works of various French choreographers in the 90′s, he started to develop his own work, which focuses on the articulation between dance, choreography and politics, and more precisely on how dance and choreography can address politics in a non-representational way. His pieces originate from rigorous movement research processes, which crystallize in practices that are often hybrids between somatics and other dance forms. Techno music and the experience of clubbing became a central element in his current work. He creates his pieces alone or in collaboration with other choreographers (Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz) or with artists from other disciplines (Fiedel, Anton Stoianov, Daniel Jenatsch, Ruth Waldeyer, Andrea Keiz). He has been one of the initiators of the collective praticable. He also danced in pieces of other choreographers (Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch, Isabelle Schad). Since 2012, he is a senior lecturer in choreography and head of the Master Programme in Choreography at DOCH, School of Dance and Circus – SKH. He is currently developing a research project at DOCH: Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir. In this frame, he started to develop practices that he labels as technosomatics and created the experiment Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere, a collaboration with the DJ Fiedel and the visual artist Anton Stoianov.