Queens Of The Fauns / Frédéric Gies (FR/SE)

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Date & Time: 03/02/2019 16:00 - 16:50

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Queens Of The Fauns is a pangender duet danced by Frédéric Gies and Elizabeth Ward, which dialogues with a keystone in dance history: The Afternoon Of A Faun by Nijinsky. To the techno beats of a live set by the dj Fiedel, the two dancers develop a dance conceived as an incantation in which the mythological figures of the faun and of the nymph merge.

While leaving the tradition of ballet to create an experimental dance form was central to Nijinsky’s project, their voluptuous dance collapses the distinction between erudite and popular, traditional and experimental forms of dance, creating a poetics of movement and embodiment in which various opposites coexists, dissolve, unite or merge into one another.

Queens Of The Fauns also echoes the sexual load of The Afternoon Of A Faun, as the dance and the dancer’s bodies are saturated with sensuality. Nevertheless, this dance escapes the paradigm of the hunter and the hunted present in Nijinsky’s piece and proposes another economy of relationships.

Photo: Yusuf Etiman


Concept and score: Frédéric Gies
Dance: Frédéric Gies and Elizabeth Ward
Music: Fiedel
Set design: Anton Stoianov
Lighting design: Thomas Zamolo
Costumes: Grzegorz Matlag/Maldoror
Makeup (prints for set design): Mario Mendez
Pictures (prints for set design): Yusuf Etiman
Production: Mira Mutka and Frédéric Gies

Coproduction: Weld and Skogen
Administration: the artists cooperative Interim Kultur

With the support of Statens kulturråd, Konstnärnsämnden and Inkonst