INSIDE OUT - Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

A Message from Rolf Stehle Director, Goethe-Institut Malaysia

The Goethe-Institut is very glad that Isabelle Schad and the participants of last year’s ChoreoLab are returning back to Kuala Lumpur. This year, for the performative dance exhibition INSIDE OUT artists from five European and seven Southeast Asian countries meet to work together intensively at Rimbun Dahan. Thus the project promotes intercultural exchange, opens up new perspectives and creates new networks. The Goethe-Institut is the official German cultural institute abroad, but it is also a European institute. Artists and cultural players from 12 countries are working together – this shows that in a more globalized and transnational world also cultural work becomes more transnational and less national. For the Goethe-Institutes in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand this dance production is a major regional project. Therefore, next year the production will tour in four other Southeast Asian countries.
I am particularly happy that with Isabelle Schad we can welcome one of the best and most important German choreographers to Malaysia. And I am very grateful to Bilqis Hijjas for her continued cooperation and for offering Rimbun Dahan as a place to live and work together and for making this coproduction possible. A deep thank you to all the performers, participants and helpers in this project for their big engagement. Especially thank you also to all the supporters: to the Nationales Performance Netz International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, to BKD – the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and to the French Embassy.
I wish all the performers, participants and audience an enjoyable and enriching experience.

INSIDE OUT - Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia
A Performative Exhibition by Isabelle Schad
Created by choreographer Isabelle Schad, winner of the 2019 German Dance Prize.
Co-created and performed by dancers from Europe and Southeast Asia.
In her performative exhibition INSIDE OUT, Isabelle Schad shows choreographic sculptures that are experienced in their powerfully sensuous moving forms. Her work situates itself between dance and visual art, draws on her ongoing fascination with Aikido-Zen, community building and her long-term collaboration with visual artist and philosopher Laurent Goldring. With subtle exactness, the performers form bodies, material such as clothing, lengths of fabric and movement into sculptures which define their own space and evolve a contemplative quality. INSIDE OUT is conceived to be re-created anew for each venue and will be seen for the first time with this unique constellation of dancers coming from Europe and Southeast Asia.
Co-Choreography and Performance:
Chung Nguyen (Vietnam), Claudia Tomasi (Italy), Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga (Philippines), Jereh Leung (Singapore), Josh Marcy (Indonesia), Lau Beh Chin (Malaysia), Nicole Primero (Philippines), Noutnapha Soydala (Laos), Nicole Primero (Philippines), Przemek Kamiński (Poland), and Vidura Amranand (Thailand).
Artistic Assistance: Claudia Tomasi (Italy)
Music and Sound: Damir Simunovic (Croatia)
Lighting and Technical Direction: Emma Juliard (France)
Producer in Malaysia: Bilqis Hijjas
Producer in Germany: Heiko Schramm
Stage Manager: Arman Zaki
Front of House Manager: Stephanie Ho
Graphic Designer: Mark Morris

List of Works being presented
“Bundle (Der Bau)” - 2012 / Isabelle Schad & Laurent Goldring with Isabelle Schad
“Pieces and Elements” - 2016 / Isabelle Schad
with Chung Nguyen, Claudia Tomasi, Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga, Jereh Leung, Josh Marcy, Lau Beh Chin, Nicole Primero, Noutnapha Soydala, Przemek Kamiński, and Vidura Amranand.
"Four studies on continuation" - 2019 / Isabelle Schad
with Chung Nguyen, Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga, Jereh Leung, Josh Marcy, Lau Beh Chin, Nicole Primero, Noutnapha Soydala, and Vidura Amranand.
“Double Portrait” - 2017 / Isabelle Schad with Claudia Tomasi & Przemek Kamiński
"Collective Jumps" - 2014 / Isabelle Schad & Laurent Goldring
with Chung Nguyen, Claudia Tomasi, Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga, Jereh Leung, Josh Marcy, Lau Beh Chin, Nicole Primero, Noutnapha Soydala, Przemek Kamiński, and Vidura Amranand.
"Knotting" - 2019 / Isabelle Schad
with Chung Nguyen, Claudia Tomasi, Gebbvelle “Dingdong” Selga, Jereh Leung, Josh Marcy, Lau Beh Chin, Nicole Primero, Noutnapha Soydala, Przemek Kamiński, and Vidura Amranand.

Acknowledgements
Isabelle Schad would like to thank:
Bilqis Hijjas for her amazing support and together with Angela and Hijjas, for the generous hospitality offering their wonderful place to stay and work
Rolf Stehle and David Ngui at Goethe-Institut Malaysia for help in organising and supporting the project, together with Heiko Schramm from Berlin
Everyone from the team for working, dancing, sounding, lightening up and being present with so much joy, openness and clarity
Claudia Tomasi for being at my side for every concern
My teachers Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Gerhard Walter, Harald Gierl and Mooji for showing pathways which understand inside and outside as unity. Pathways that help overcoming duality and separations between body and mind, reason and feeling, origin of movement and
form.
Laurent Goldring for all the years of fruitful collaboration, the
inexhaustible work on detail which brings seeing and perceiving together
Everyone following the invitation for 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.
To be in the perception of consciousness in each moment, in each movement, in action and doing requires a certain inner attitude and a freeing from conditioning. It is in the same time an attitude of resistance against patterns that define hierarchies, opinions and power relationships.
The sharing of body practices is so important - for everything we do - and to feel that gives me joy every day. It is this force that helps us to overcome cultural and political borders and that invites a more universal notion of how to be together.
Thank you!!

Published 1 December 2019