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.

„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.
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.
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

23-24 October 2021, DER BAU- GRUPPE/KIDS

Tickets still available on the website of Theater o.N.

Published 12 October


The new work by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring travels to Zagreb
for the Dance Inn Festival

Published 12 October

Isabelle Schad for Somatic Charting. The House is the Body

October 8 and 9, 2021
A two days of intensive sharing in the frame of Somatic Charting.The House is the Body.

Published 12 October

1+ 2 Oct. HARVEST in Helios Theater (Hamm)

Published 1 October

OUT NOW: A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our digital publication A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

You can download it from the website of our publisher Naima Unlimited:

Published 29 September

About the Sommerfest.ival

Three questions to Isabelle Schad about the idea of the Sommerfest.ival

Tanzhalle Wiesenburg and the Humboldthain – venues of the festival together with the Werkhalle Wiesenburg – have been a home and a refuge during the pandemic. How have you inhabited them in the past months?

Very soon after the second lockdown began, I started to invite members of my team – dancers, light and sound designers, anyone who wanted – to join me in the park at Humboldthain for regular training sessions in the morning.
It’s been a way of staying together: for oneself inside the pandemic, during which distance v. contact has become the central change, and among ourselves as a team and people who like one another.
It’s become a regular practice in which we learn new techniques derived from aikido with the stick and the sword, and it’s been a strong factor in as much it began to change the depth of the/my work in the field of performance, movement, dance …
On the other hand our own space, the Tanzhalle Wiesenburg, has been a refugee for us as a team: we restructured the space, did building work, had a place for gathering during the winter time and worked on small formats, respecting the rules for staying safe and healthy …
So the whole area around Humboldthain in Wedding has become a central point of meeting, and we developed our own ‘liveliness’ and home over there during that time, which has left good traces.

And now with this festival you’re sharing your work and practice with the public. What is the inspiration and intention behind it during this (still) special time?

The idea was to share some of that liveliness with an audience, or simply with a larger group of people, with friends.
The notion of being and doing things together is a central point. What can sharing be?
How does it feel doing the warm-up practice together in the park and then to witness another type of practice that can become an (invisible) performance – open-air, but at the same time worked for the theatre and now stripped of all possible theatrical signs (of representation)?
How can it be seen in its most essential presentness?
How can the material be looked at as a symbiosis of relationships between us as persons, as human beings and nature?
Relationships between culture and nature, inside and outside, self and other? How is it then to travel back to Wiesenburg, where installations happen indoors and concerts outdoors, where ‘doing things’ meets the notion of ‘seeing things’, ‘hearing things’, being together, relaxing and enjoying together.

The festival presents existing works in new forms and newly adapted versions. But there is also a thematic fil rouge around the idea of infinite movements.

The notion of infinite movement – movement that has no beginning and no ending, like all movements of life: walking, flying, climbing, etc. – has been a focus in my work for a long time. Weight shift and its movement patterns that repeat themselves but are continually new and different is the core material I’m dealing with.
That’s why the training and movement practice is so central to my work. When the looping and repetitive patterns are made visible they can become a living sculptural entity. In the working process I observe the places where things become visible and start to form … form the formless and leave the form again … alive material that is life itself: everything is vibrant movement.

Published 18 September