Ehrung für die künstlerische Arbeit / Verleihung Deutscher Tanzpreis in Essen

I am grateful to receive this honour in the frame of Deutscher Tanzpreis 2019 in Essen !!!!

Isabelle Schad receives an award for outstanding artistic developments in contemporary dance. Dancer and choreographer Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and has danced for numerous choreographers. Since 1999 she has been producing her own choreographic works at the interface between dance, performance and visual arts.

Isabelle Schad explores the body. The search for internal impulses of movement, for that which moves in the body, forms the starting point of her choreographies. This means that the body is not simply a tool to create choreographic figures or a certain expression but rather undergoes continuous metamorphoses, is observed and brought into play again and again. Her dance and the bodies of her dancers seek less to create a fixed image or a clear form of expression than to help us to experience how movements turn into art. And when these processes are applied to the dancers, completely new forms of collective work emerge. This particular creative process has had a decisive influence on contemporary dance in recent decades. Isabelle Schad’s works are outstanding examples of this.

AUS DER LAUDATIO FÜR ISABELLE SCHAD
ANNEMIE VANACKERE, INTENDANTIN/GESCHÄFTSFÜHRERIN HAU HEBBEL AM UFER, BERLIN
„Isabelle Schad kann man als Pionierin bezeichnen: Sie hat nicht nur gezeigt, wie sich somatische Praktiken in die choreografische Arbeit integrieren lassen, sondern auch, welche Bedeutung sie für soziale Gefüge haben können.
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Und darin liegt das zutiefst Politische in Isabelle Schads Arbeit: Es geht ihr nie nur um die innere körperlich-subjektive Erfahrung des einzelnen Menschen, die in der somatischen Arbeit Empfindungen von völliger Freiheit auslösen kann, sondern immer auch darum, wie man sie für andere sichtbar, teilbar machen kann.
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Die gerade auch formale Schönheit von Schads Arbeiten beruht entsprechend weniger darauf, dass irgendwelche Figuren oder Bewegungsmuster von allen ‚gleich‘ oder ‚perfekt‘ ausgeübt werden. Im Gegenteil dient sie oft eher dazu, eben genau diese – im Grunde Leistungs- und Distinktionsprinzipien entstammenden – Kategorien zu überwinden.“
















pics: Eva Radünzel, all rights reserved.

See online : Deutscher Tanzpreis

Published 28 October 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.

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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.

Symposium:
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