"Technosomatics" is a movement practice developed by Gies which invites participants to explore moving to repetitive music both individually and collectively. Exploring endocrine systems and chakras through dancing, while exploring dance through the embodiment of endocrine systems and chakras, participants move with closed eyes in a dark room.
Prioritising embodiment and experience over mainstream understandings of anatomy, "Technosomatics" proposes another kind of experience of dance—somewhere other than a somatics/dance class or a dancefloor. The participatory project offers a safe and open space for being alone together and for indulging in altered states of consciousness.
A limited amount of spots for the workshop are reserved for CTM Gold Passes and Connect Gold Passes. Gold Pass holders interested in taking part are asked to get in touch with boxoffice[at]ctm-festival.de with the subject Technosomatics before 15 January 2020 to reserve their place. First-come-first served.
Following the workshop, "Dance is Ancient" arrives in Berghain’s Säule on 30 January, accompanied by seven hours of music by Berghain resident Fiedel. Workshop participants, techno devotees, dancers, and anyone intrigued are welcomed to join Gies and Fiedel in Säule for a night of hypnotic techno and dance.
"Technosomatics" at CTM 2020 is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.
Swedish artist, dancer, and choreographer Frédéric Gies works with techno, club, and rave cultures. They collaborate regularly with Berghain/Ostgut Ton affiliate Fiedel, lighting designer Thomas Zamolo, visual artist Anton Stoianov, and fashion designer Grzegorz Matlag.