Proscenium – Dance Premiere in the Sculpture Park

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With a new solo performance by and with dancer and choreographer Frédéric Gies this summer, Wanås Konst continues its long-term investment in contemporary dance and choreography.
Thursday to Sunday, June 10-13, specific sites and artworks in the sculpture park become stages and get their own choreography as Gies examines the relationship between dancer, audience and stage. Visitors are welcome to join a walk with several stops when the entire sculpture park becomes their stage.

Frédéric Gies in the Sculpture Park

“Presenting a work at Wanås Konst made me start thinking about the meaning of the stage in performance. I rarely show my works on conventional stages, but the idea of the proscenium, the division between dancer and audience, is very present within me”, Gies describes.

Proscenium, which is also the word for the framing around a traditional theater stage, consists of a number of solos for different locations in the sculpture park. Each location has its own choreography, and the audience can either see the individual sections, or follow along and experience the whole performance from beginning to end, as a single durational performance.

“My starting point is places and artworks in the park that suggest a stage. It is not about the artworks per se, but how the sites appear, how I experience them and how they catch my interest,” says Gies, who will work in the sculpture park to complete the choreography.

Dance history and its forms of presentation are very present in Gies’ work, in which they examine
relationships between our perception of time, queer politics, techno music and spirituality. In their works, we encounter traces and influences from club culture, classical ballet, modern dance and ribbon dance.

“My relationship to dance history is quite promiscuous! My works reflect both on my own history as a dancer and on dance history at large. Recycling materials is becoming more and more present, my own and others’ choreographies function as a kind of raw material that can be transformed and take new shapes”, says Gies, whose dance carries a potential to channel something, both within oneself as a dancer and what is around you. Presenting dance in different places, such as art galleries, clubs or outdoors, is a way to understand dance in relation to different environments and audiences.

 “In Proscenium, I am both in dialogue with the place and my history as a dancer. At Wanås Konst, the title becomes an act suggesting the presence of a stage that is not there as much as it emphasizes the absence of the stage, a sort of a catalyst for the place’s hidden potential”, says Gies.

Frédéric Gies, (b. 1973, works in Malmö) is a French dancer and choreographer. As a dancer, Gies has worked together with choreographers such as Cristina Caprioli, Alice Chauchat, Alice Chauchat, Jefta van Dinther and Isabelle Schad. They regularly collaborate with the DJ Fiedel and have presented their choreographies in Sweden and internationally at such venues as Berghain (Berlin), DanceWeb (Vienna), Weld (Stockholm), Skogen (Gothenburg), and Inkonst (Malmö), and in conjunction with festivals such as Impulstanz (Vienna) and Zürich Moves. Between 2012 and 2018, Gies was the program director for the Master Programme in Choreography at the Stockholm University of the Arts.

Dance and choreography: Frédéric Gies
In association with MARC – Milvus Artistic Research Center and curator dance Rachel Tess
Time and dates: June 10–11 at 2 pm. June 12–13 10.30 am and 2 pm
Place: Outdoors in the sculpture park
No pre-booking, admission included in the entrance fee to the sculpture park

Since 2014, Wanås Konst has actively incorporated dance and performance into its program as a long time investment in live art, art that must be experienced in the moment and requires your presence in the here and now.




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*exhibition in art gallery closes August 29

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Period: May 8 – November 7

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Period: April 1 – August 29


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Wanås Konst –
The Wanås Foundation, Wanås, SE-289 90 Knislinge, Sweden
The sculpture park with the collection is open daily 10am – 5pm all year round.
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Frédéric Gies, rehearsal in the Sculpture Park. Photo: Mattias Givell

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Wanås Konst – Center for Art & Learning, presents and communicates contemporary art that challenges and redefines society, working outside in the landscape around Wanås in Skåne, southern Sweden. The permanent collection in the sculpture park is complemented with a program of temporary exhibitions, both outdoors and in the Art Gallery, and events such as guided tours, artists’ talks, performances and workshops engaging a wide audience. Wanås Konst produces site-specific international art and learning in an innovative and accessible way.  
Wanås Konst is run by The Wanås Foundation, a non-profit foundation created in 1994, in Östra Göinge municipality, in the South of Sweden, 1.5 h from Copenhagen, Denmark. Founding Director Marika Wachtmeister initiated the art projects at Wanås in 1987. Since 2011 the foundation is led by Elisabeth Millqvist and Mattias Givell. Wanås Konst is part supported by state, regional (Region Skåne) and municipal funding, part self financed, as well as supported by private foundations and sponsors. Read more on the website

Wanås is a place in the world where art, nature and history meet. At Wanås the sculpture park Wanås Konst, Wanås Restaurant Hotel and Wanås Estate coexist and a private 15th century castle is also found on site. Wanås Konst is part of European Land + Art Network (ELAN) and Wanås is a sustainable destination. More information, please visit