Fred Gehrig

Role

Teacher and tutor/mentor for BA, MA and OYP

Area of work

Technique and creative modules for Undergraduates, Postgraduates and the OYP-program

Contact details

Address: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ

Email: [email protected]

Biography

Fred was born in Hamburg (1967), arrived in London in 1989 and stayed for 5 consecutive years when he concentrated on a career as a dancer working for Kim Brandstrup, Aletta Colins, Mathew Bourne (creation of ‘The Nutcracker’) and London Contemporary Dance Theatre. From 1994 he lived six years abroad, dancing for Ballet Preljocaj (F), Carte Blanche (Norway), Alias (Geneva), Nomads (CH)and BILL T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Cie in N.Y.C. where he was also a company member of Mathew Bourne’s first Broadway Season with Swanlake (1998/99).

Back in Britain, from the year 2000, he danced for RADC, Random Dance/Wayne McGregor, Michael Clark, DV8/Lloyd Newson, Frauke Requard and has performed in various productions on the stages of Britain’s four leading Opera houses: Opera North, ENO, ROH and Glyndbourne. Fred has completed 5 collaborative projects with site specific dance maker Susanne Thomas (‘7sisters’), the last one being produced by English National Ballet for the Olympics in 2012 in which he danced, co-choreographed and assisted. Over the years, Fred has participated as a performer in productions of Britain’s major Opera Houses (Opera North, ENO, ROH and Glyndebourne). He is part of the collective ‘Tanztheater Global Berlin’ with whom he has co-created 4 video dance productions, the past three taking place on Cap Verdien Island/Africa. In 2012 performed with and for Turner Price winner Martin Creed at the modern Institute of Art, Chicago and alongside Brad Pitt in WWZ. In 2013 he performed in the Tate Tanks in collaboration with artist Carlos Motta and director Matthias Sperling as well as staring in the 2013/14 season of Punch Drunk’s London production ‘the drowned man’ in the role of’ the producer’.

Qualifications / Educational Background

  • 6  months internship as a caretaker (workshop assistant for woodcraft, farming, literature and dancing) for adults with severe special needs (physical and mental) in Geneva-CH -1986
  • 5 months practical seminar in Eurythmics, sociological studies of anthroposophical  philosophy (Rudolf Steiner) at Witthues, Sylt-Germany -1987
  • Art and Art history at 'Hochschule der Kuenste' Berlin- 1987-89
  • B.A. Honours in dance LCDS validated by the University of Kent  1992
  • Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy, Morley College, London 2007 (subsequent massage therapist practitioner at Neal's Yard Remedies, Covent Garden, 07/08)
  • B.A. certificate and M.A. in 'Performance, Design and Practice' Central St Martins, school of the Arts, London 2009/10
  • FHEA, Teaching Diploma, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 2013/14

Teaching Experience

Fred has taught dance, dance related classes as well as repertoire for most of the companies he has worked for, notably Ballet Preljocaj (F), Random/Wayne Mc Gregor and London Contemporary Dance Theatre (GB), Tanztheater Global (Ger). As a free-lance teacher abroad Fred has been invited by:

  • Danses hus, Copenhagen
  • Marameo, & Tanzfabrik, Berlin
  • Le Loft, Vevey, CH
  • National Dance Theatre, Zagreb-Croatia
  • Ballet de Marseille, F

In the U.K. he has taught at/for:

Central school of Ballet; Urdgang dance Academy; Tring; Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Henry Oguike; ' Associated studios' for singers and actors, The Place (Young Place under Iris Tomlinson, CAT 2007-09, Evening classes 2000-2010); CAT Birmingham 2013, LCDS until 2012 for Contemporary technique/ Ballet. In 2008 Fred set Stephen Petronio's 'strange attractor' for BA3 students at the Robin Howard Theatre.  Fred co-conducted a module for 'work placement' for BA3 at University of East London, he is on the faculty of LSC since 2010 and still teaches company class for 'New adventures' and 'Ballet Preljocaj'.

Fred has been a member of staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance since 2006 primarily as a teacher for Cunningham Technique for undergraduate, post graduate and OYP students. He taught Ballet as part of the Summer school in 2009 & 2010. More recently Fred has developed a hybrid technique class 'pure Cunningham' with contemporary approaches. At Trinity Laban he has led or co-led modules such as:

  • 'Dance as Performance' - OYP
  • 'Resourcing Performance' - BA2
  • 'Performance Project' - BA1

He has also given lectures in career advice for BA3, as well as acting as a tutor/mentor for their Independent Projects.

Creative Outputs

2013

  • This is us: November/December commission by CAT Birmingham, creation for 16 dancers
  • Ich will: manifesto-performance in collaboration with Julek Kreutzer, premiered at Relaie de la Baie-France, August '13
  • Prologue for a riot: creation for 24 dancers to the original score of the first half of Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'. Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban, June '13

2012

2011

  • The speeech: site specific performance, commissioned by the Vitrine Gallery, Bermondsey Square, London. Dancer: Johnny Calender

2009-2011

  • SaudadeO PulsoIn Sonio: Video dance with text created for dancers at Cap Verdien Islands, Africa in collaboration with Tanztheater Global, Berlin

2009

  • Menage à 3?: Cochrane theatre, London adaption of Margueritte Dura's 'La Musica' original music score by Ronen Kozokaro, play for 3 actors

2008

  • perfect dialogue: Choreodrome, The Place, London. In collaboration with Aletta Collins

2007

  • Hi: semi structured solo to changing music tracks, Das Pumpwerk, Berlin

2006

  • who is the horse?: Duett with Nadia Banin, commission by Reykjavík Dance Festival

2005

  • Commission by LCDS for BA2, for 22 dancers

2004

  • Im Panzer: Royal Opera House, London co-produced by Random Dance, original music score by Andrea Rocca

2001

  • ONE: part of Resolution!, The Place with an original score by Eleanor Firman

1996

  • La bonne tempete: La cite des livres, Aix en provence, France produced by Ballet Preljocaj, original sound score by Goran Veijvoda.

1992

  • There IS 3 of us: summer workshops at The Place, London

External appointments

  • 2013: Movement adviser for visual artist Adrian Lee for his performance at 'FORT-DA' Shiobhan Davis Dance
  • 2011/12: Choreographic assistant  to Alex Reynolds in Budapest for The Paramount Picture movie WWZ (training 40 Hungarian performers in a specific zombie body language)
  • 2011: Choreographic assistant to Aletta Colins for a Nokia advert, Berlin
  • 2009: Choreographic assistant to Aletta  Colins in 'LES NOCES' for 200 performers, Berlin Philharmonica, conductor : Sir Simon Rattle

Awards

  • 2011: Week long residency in Schloss Namedy, Germany
  • 2010: Conducting workshops for actors/performers as part of a residency at the University Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 2009: Recipient of the first Maude Lloyd & Rudof Nurejev Bursary by the Rudolf Nurejev Foundation, for an outstanding career in dance to facilitate further studies.
  • 1997: Invited to study with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
  • 1990-92: Full time scholarschip at London Contemporary Dance School

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