Inspired by mythology and astrology, four dancers perform intense solos to the sound of DJ and Berghain resident Fiedel! In their rebellious, almost sacrificial dances, they channel otherworldly forces and invoke the figure of a Sacred Warrior – from Chiron, the centaur, to other rebellious, warrior and guardian goddesses. But as much as the dancers exude a sheer force of will and uncompromising boldness, they also uncover unutterable wounds. In Greek mythology, Chiron was half-man and half-horse, injured by a poisoned arrow that left a never-healing wound. In astrology, Chiron is therefore also known as "the wounded healer" and represents both our deepest wounds and our ability to heal, individually and collectively. Until 2027, Chiron is in the astrological sign Aries, which also represents the warrior in us. These mythical images and stories form the symbolic and poetic framework of WARRIORS: CHIRON IN ARIES, RECITAL #1, which also makes the contradictions artistically visible on stage, in which choreographer Frédéric Gies lets the precisely choreographed solos meet almost expressionistic group dances.
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.
CHOREOGRAPHY Frédéric Gies DANCE Frédéric Gies, Disa Krosness, Julia Plawgo, Adam Seid Tahir MUSIC Fiedel Lighting DESIGN Thomas Zamolo COSTUMES Grzegorz Matlag Artistic assistance Elizabeth Ward
A production by Frédéric Gies in co-production with Inkonst, Weld and Skogen/Residence. Funded by the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Malmö and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Supported by MARC / Residence at Site. The guest performance as part of Queer Darlings is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partners: Siegessäule, PW-Magazine, taz, die Tageszeitung.