2016.11.19 - 2016.11.20


25 years ago the former heating plant at Röda Sten were an abandoned room, used as a space for raves and self-organized parties. Now we awaken the ghosts, and invite you to the performance/club Dance is Ancient by Frederic Gies. The music is played live by the Berghain DJ Fiedel.

The durational performance Dance is ancient (eight hours long) is conceived as a dance rite, performed and facilitated by Frédéric Gies, who dances to the infectious techno beats of Fiedel who plays live for the occasion, around a totemic sculpture created by Anton Stoianov. The space in which it takes place is thought neither as a club, nor as a theatre/performance space, if not thought as both or as a space from another kind. The audience is invited to experience, spend time and engage with Fiedel’s compound of sounds, beats and intensities, and with Frédéric Gies’ dance. This dance, which addresses all together the bodily, perceptual, sensual, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the experience of dancing, summons up ghosts of other dancers and dances. It elicits and unleashes fathomless and primal forces that traverse the depths of dancing bodies and invokes faunlike, panic figures. It engenders forms that shape-shift into each other. Dance is ancient opens up a space for a multiplicity of individual and collective movements yet to be written and un-written.

The performance is part of a broader context, also called Dance is ancient. It is a durational event that places experimental dance and techno music at its center. It will take place from the 14th till the 19th of November in Gothenburg and from the 27th of November till the 18th of December in Stockholm. Conceived by Frédéric Gies around his most recent dance works, the event brings together other artists such as the Djs Fiedel, Johanna Schneider, Nadja Chatti and Dj City, the visual artist Anton Stoianov, the film director Gavin Youngs, the lighting designer Thomas Zamolo, and the dancers Anna Pehrsson, Samuel Draper, Pavle Heidler, Louise Dahl and Philip Berlin. It consists of performances, exhibitions, workshops and public space actions. The aim is to create a space for experiencing and experimenting with alternative ways of moving singularly and collectively, with alternative forms of embodiment, presence and relations. Bridging dance and somatic practices with techno music and clubbing as well as direct action, it also reformulates the contract of the theatre/performance space by inviting to alternative modes of implication for the audience. In Gothenburg, the event takes place at Skogen and Röda Sten, and in Stockholm at Weld, Mossutställningar and KTH Reaktorhallen.

Frédéric Gies is one of Skogens’ associated artists, and we have previuosly showed the performances At the Bottom Left Corner (with Anna Pehrsson), The Ribbon Dance, and Good Girls Go To Heaven, Bad Girls Go Everywhere. For the new performance Dance is ancient we are proud and happy to be part of the production.


Tid:  Lördagen 19/11, kl 19-02
Plats: Röda Sten Konsthall, Röda Sten 1
Age Limit: must be 18 years old +
Ticket: Sign up for tickets here and pay at the door at Röda Sten Konsthall the day of the event. Kassan på Röda Sten har öppet kl 17-20, lördagen 19 november.
Ticket price: 100 kr / 50 kr for unemployed, students and members of Röda Sten Kulturförening.

Concept and Dance: Frédéric Gies
DJ: Fiedel
Skulpture: Anton Stoianov
Lighting: Thomas Zamalo

Financed by Kulturrådet – Co-Produced with Skogen and Weld – Administration: Interim Kultur
With Support of Röda Sten Konsthall