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

Embryology as Choreography

I have just been asked to write an essay about my artistic practices for the Magazine of the Muzeum Susch, which will be published soon, when I have taken the opportunity to revisit an older text of mine from 2013 entitled ’Embryology as Choreography’.
It has been a good moment for me to realise, which aspects are still present in my today’s approach, and at which point they have changed.
You will notice once the new essay will be published and I will be happy to share it with you.
But here comes the one from 2013.

PDF - 114.4 kb

The text ‘Embryology as Choreography’ first appeared in: Brandstetter, Gabriele; Klein, Gabriele; Foster, Susan Leigh; Haller, Melanie; and Luken, Heike (ed), Dance [And] Theory (2013)

Published 23 January

Turning Solo @ Humboldthain

On November 28th and 29th, together with Jasmin İhraç, we have experimented with an Open Air Version of the Turning Solo in public space. We have installed the work as an ongoing meditation practice allowing for witnessing Jasmin spinning when passing by. Everyone who has been enjoying the Humboldthain at this day and at this time of the day could discover a personal practice of spinning and sculpting time....
It has been an enriching experience for all of us.

Published 23 January

I give you violence, sensuality and care

A text written on the occasion of our guest performances in Zagreb in 2017, first published on this website got finally translated into English. We are happy to use the opportunity and share this text with you!!!

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translation by Mirna Herman Baletić

See online : Express

Published 22 January

OPS @ Humboldthain

OPS has started to adapt to the current circumstances of the Pandemie:
Practice outside at Humboldthain:
This is a short message, letting you know that I ll do some movement practice, Qi Gong and training with the Jo (wooden Stick, coming from the Aikido practice) almost every day 10-11:30 from now on. If you are interested in joining, please send me a message before and we can check the details then. Isabelle

Published 3 January

Reflection / Zoom sharing @ Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

I have had the pleasure to share this work with students and audiences connected to the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In collaboration with Goethe Institute Hongkong.

After sharing 30min excerpt from the piece on video, we have started a conversation around the topics, practices and concerns touching this work and my practices in general. I have been impressed by the questions coming from the students during this Zoom Meeting, thank you so much.
18. November 2020, 11 - 13h German Time.

pic: D. Hartwig, all rights reserved.

Published 18 November 2020

Der Bau-Gruppe / Kids @ FRATZ

It is a real pleasure to be able to prepare and present our piece DER BAU-Gruppe / Kids for kids (and adults) from 3 years onwards.

We are also proud to present it in the space where it has been created and developed at first: at Tanzhalle Wiesenburg. It is now shown in the frame of FRATZ Festival Berlin 2020.

Eine Bühne voller schwarzer Säcke. Langsam erwachen sie zum Leben, sie richten sich auf, bewegen sich fort, erkunden den Raum. Plötzlich erscheint ein Arm, dann ein Bein, schließlich ein ganzer Mensch. In Franz Kafkas unvollendeter Erzählung »Der Bau« wird ein Tierbau beschrieben, gebaut von einem Tier, das in den unterirdischen Höhlen und Gängen Schutz sucht und sich dann zunehmend darin verliert. Die Erzählung dient als titelgebende Metapher und Ausgangsbasis für die Erforschung einer besonderen Beziehung zwischen Körper und Raum.
pic: D.Hartwig. all rights reserved.

Freitag 23.10.2020 : 9h und 11h
Samstag 24.10.2020 : 15h und 17h
Tanzhalle Wiesenburg Berlin. Wiesenstr.55.

Samstag 24.10.2020 : 20-22 Uhr
Klein, aber oho!
Choreograf*innen über die Arbeit für ein (sehr) junges Publikum

See online : FRATZ Festival

Published 20 October 2020