Honours: Choreographer of the Year 2019

This year we got honoured 4 times within the critic survey in TANZ.

Choreographin des Jahres
’Isabelle Schad, Berlin, die keinen Moden folgt und mit ihren Gruppen-Bewegungsspielen eindrucksvolle Bilder und Körper-Skulpturen schafft.’
(Claudia Henne, Berlin, freie Autorin)

’Isabelle Schad, Berlin - ihre jüngste Gruppenproduktion ’Reflection’ zeigt ihre außerordentliche Hingabe an bewegte und bewegliche Skulpturen.’
(Elisabeth Nehring, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk WDR)

’Isabelle Schad, Berlin: unbeirrbar fokussiert auf ihre Erkundung von Bewegung als Skulptur.’
(Elena Philipp, Berlin, Nachtkritik)

Tänzerin des Jahres
’Naima Ferré in ’Turning Solo’ von Isabelle Schad - die reinste Meditation’
(Elisabeth Nehring, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk WDR)

Choreographer of the year
’Isabelle Schad, Berlin, who follows no fashions - who creates impressive images and body sculptures with her group movement games.’
(Claudia Henne, Berlin, freelance author)

’Isabelle Schad, Berlin - her latest group production ’Reflection’ displays her extraordinary dedication to moving and movable sculptures.’
(Elisabeth Nehring, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk WDR)

’Isabelle Schad, Berlin: unflinchingly focused on her exploration around movement as sculpture.’
(Elena Philipp, Berlin, Nachtkritik)

Dancer of the year
’Naima Ferré in ’Turning Solo’ by Isabelle Schad - pure meditation’
(Elisabeth Nehring, Berlin, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk WDR)

See online : TANZ

Published 8 September 2019

Open Practice Sessions @ Wiesenburg

Since some time I m interested in a research on spaces of contemplation within a practice around energetic principles, in which time and attention is given to freeing the inner self from jumping thoughts, psychology or personal matters. From sensing freedom within oneself and one’s movement we can more easily become an organization, an organism, sculpting energies and movements without any further purpose than the work itself.
The upcoming Open Practice Sessions focus on body work based on principles coming from Zen related practices like Zen-Aikido, Zen-Meditation and Shiatsu. The work concentrates on continuation of movement, breath and Ki (energy), the unity of body and spirit, the understanding of weight shift and axis rotation, on cellular consciousness, on relating body parts and organs to one another and to one’s center of gravitation, both in our individual work, in partner work and in the work within a group. We will also do some energy work with the sword that we learn to hold and move with.
Different to earlier Open Practice Session I have done, I would like to dedicate the full 3 hours to the training and movement research as such, without any further goal of producing choreographic materials. If research ideas for further pieces arise, it is by the observation of what happens and by allowing for the essences of our being to unfold.
(I. Schad)

When: 26th+27th of August 2019, 16-19h.
Where: Wiesenburg-Halle in Berlin.

See online : Wiesenburg-Halle

Published 18 August 2019

Double Portrait - unfolded version @ Wiesenburg

A Wiesenburg cooperation // Wiesenburg-Halle // Werkhalle:
Double Portrait - unfolded version
Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September
7pm at Wiesenburg-Halle
Classical Sundays
Sunday 1st September
8.30pm at Werkhalle
special performance - programme to be announced

with Przemek Kaminski and Nir Vidan. Pic: I.Schad all rights reserved.

Double Portrait - unfolded version focuses on the multi-layered physical materialities of the piece, reducing all further elements at play (lights, stage, sound) to its essences, in order to sharpen the reading of the energetic movement pathways and their transformations.

The bodies of two dancers with accentuated lanky limbs perform Double Portrait, a dance performance almost closer to a live visual mobile or bodily installation. It is a duet that is transformed into a solo by a mere physical approach, playing with the prolongation of the dancer’s body into the other. Such a newly-created figure, marked with their stitched and simultaneously extended bodies, recalls Schiele’s portraits. (Maja Ležaić)

Credits: Konzept & Choreografie: Isabelle Schad | Co-Choreografie & Performance: Przemek Kaminski, Nir Vidan | Dramaturgische Begleitung: Saša Božic ́ | Sound: Damir Šimunovic ́ | Lichtdesign: Emma Juliard | Kostüme: Charlotte Pistorius und die Tänzer | Produktionsleitung: Heiko Schramm | Photo: Isabelle Schad | Produktion: Isabelle Schad | Koproduktion: HAU Hebbel am Ufer | defacto (Zagreb) | Gefördert durch: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa und Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags | Unterstützt durch: Wiesen55 e.V.

I call my pieces of small formats Chamber Pieces. It concerns those pieces - in analogy to Ingmar Bergmans films and to chamber music - that work with only one or few performers who interact within a small space. Bergman himself created a couple of films under the notion of Chamber Pieces. His aim was, to re-discover the essence of theatre whilst he was imitating the interaction or juxtaposition of music instruments within a chamber orchestra.

Next to the musical analogies, it is also the reduction of space that defines the Chamber Pieces: The space around the body(ies) is worked as an amplifier of the visible (of the inner spaces), and the body-space relation is reduced to a minimum of surface. (Isabelle Schad)

Published 13 August 2019

Tanzkongress Dresden 2019

I have had the pleasure to guide through different practices, such as Za-Zen and Ki-Training. I gave Shiatsu 1:1 Sessions and together with Franziska Dietrich, we have shared our Aikido Practices / got in conversation.

See online : Tanzkongress2019

Published 15 June 2019

Premiere at HAU1 Berlin

Happy to announce :

Thursday, 30.05.2019, 19:00, world premiere, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
further performances:
31.05.2019, 19:00
01.06.2019, 19:00
02.06.2019, 19:00

A group of performers negotiates the theatre as a space for social gathering, (re)presentation and an apparatus whose motors interact with the biomechanics and different energies of the human body’s movements. Reflection is the last part of a trilogy on the collective body. From the community that we form (Collective Jumps) to the analogy of nature (Pieces and Elements), Reflection brings the focus to energetic and physical forces that make us move and the importance of the singularity to move others.
pic: Isabelle Schad, all rights reserved.

See online : HAU

Published 23 May 2019

Deutscher Tanzpreis Aktuell 2019

Pressekonferenz in Essen am 5.April 2019:

Isabelle Schad wird mit dem Deutschen Tanzpreis Aktuell geehrt.

Der Deutsche Tanzpreis geht in diesem Jahr an den Fotografen Gert Weigelt. Ebenfalls ausgezeichnet werden Isabelle Schad sowie Jo Parkes.
(...) Daneben erhält eine „Ehrung für herausragende künstlerische Entwicklungen im zeitgenössischen Tanz“ die Tänzerin und Choreografin Isabelle Schad. Als Tänzerin in Stuttgart ausgebildet, tanzte sie unter zahlreichen Choreografen und produziert seit 1999 eigene choreografische Arbeiten „an der Schnittstelle zwischen Tanz, Performance und Bildender Kunst“. In der Begründung wird hervorgehoben, dass der Körper bei Isabelle Schad „ständige Metamorphosen durchläuft, beobachtet und immer wieder neu ins Spiel gebracht.“

Die Preisverleihung findet am 19. Oktober im Rahmen einer Tanz-Gala im Aalto-Theater statt, die mit einem facettenreichen Programm Bezug zu den Arbeiten der Preisträger nehmen wird.

See online : WAZ

Published 5 April 2019