danceWEB mentors 2020 & 2021
Anne Juren (AT/FR) and Frédéric Gies (SE/FR)
Anne Juren, born in Grenoble/France is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Vienna. In 2003, she co-founded together with the visual artist Roland Rauschmeier the association Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung in Vienna. Her choreographic works and artistic researches have been extensively presented in international theatres, festivals, and different art spaces and venues. In her work, Juren tries to expand the term choreography in engaging the body in different states of physical, sensorial, kinaesthetic and mental experiences, questioning the boundaries between private and public spheres. Since 2013, Anne Juren is a Feldenkrais® practitioner. She is currently part of the artistic committee for the Master in Choreography at DOCH and doing a PhD at UNIARTS Stockholm University of the Arts.
Frédéric Gies is an artist in the field of experimental dance, based in Sweden.
After dancing in the works of various French choreographers in the 90′s (Daniel Larrieu, Olivia Grandville, Odile Duboc, Jean-François Duroure, Bernard Glandier and Christophe Haleb), 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 are informed by his experience in the field of somatic practices as well as in specific forms of contemporary dance, his former training in ballet and his participation in techno clubs and raves. The dances he creates collapse in various ways the hierarchies and distinctions between different dance forms, recycling and perverting dance history.
Besides his own pieces, he also created works in collaboration with other choreographers (Anna Pehrsson, Jefta van Dinther, DD Dorvillier, Manuel Pelmus, Isabelle Schad, Alice Chauchat, Frédéric de Carlo, and Odile Seitz). He has been one of the initiators of the collective Praticable. He also danced in pieces of other choreographers such as Jefta van Dinther, Antonja Livingstone, Petra Sabisch, Isabelle Schad and Cristina Caprioli.
Since 2014, his works are tightly connected to techno music and to his club and rave experiences. For all of them, he works in a close collaboration with the techno DJ Fiedel (Berghain/Ostgut ton) and the lighting designer Thomas Zamolo. For several works, he worked also in close collaboration with the visual artist Anton Stoianov. In 2018 he was commissioned to create the piece Tribute for Weld Company and beginning of 2019, the piece Uranus for the BA in dance and choreography at DDSKS.
Parallel to his latest works, he also developed the practice Technosomatics, which he transmits in various contexts.
He has been invited as guest teacher in various contexts (HZT, SNDO, TEAK, Ponderosa…). Between 2012 and 2018, he was a senior lecturer in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm, and was head of the Master Programme in Choreography.