The Performance Theatre online

Our piece Turning Solo is now live on TPT’s freshly-launched ‘The Conversation’ page.

https://theperformancetheatre.com/conversation/turning-solo

We’re featured in the launch edition of #ThePerformanceTheatre’s new webpage ‘The Conversation’, a platform for leaders from business, policy, civil society and the arts to share inspiration and discuss challenges that bridge the local and global. Check it out!

Dancer and choreographer Isabelle Schad joined us for TPT 2018 in Berlin, facilitating an unforgettable master class on “building movements”. She also choreographed the piece that opened the Theatre, a mesmerising solo performed by Naïma Ferre.
The piece’s influences include the Sufi tradition of whirling dances. “The idea to propose Turning Solo with Naïma in the context of Unfinished Revolutions was an evident intuition,” Isabelle says. (...)

See online : ThePerformanceTheatre

Published 4 June 2020

Research @ Tanzhalle Wiesenburg


Currently Laurent Goldring and I are working on a new piece in Tanzhalle Wiesenburg. The research deals with the hands and the face.
We are working on images which will be seen in the frame of an exhibition lateron and on a performance, both being presented, soon, most probably in September21 in Berlin.
image: L.Goldring. all rights reserved.

Published 23 March

Knotting / Film / online

I am happy to announce the film-premiere of Knotting. The work was filmed a few days before the planned premiere in November 2020 and will now be available from March 12-21, 2021 on the Sophiensaele website (https://sophiensaele.com/) and on Tanzforum Berlin (https://www.tanzforumberlin.de)

The film for the performance Knotting documents the research for the piece in excerpts and was shot as an experiment five days before the planned premiere. The choreographic portrait is inspired by the fluid, elastic, expansive movements of the dancer Francesca d’Ath and deals with the physical understanding of the knot. A deep blue surface creates references in the set between heaven and earth, between reality and dream. A lucid space is created that makes parts of the body appear like cut-outs, referencing, among other things, the sensual and soft forms of painter Henri Matisse’s works. The choreography is a powerful, ongoing play with repetition and change – with movement that never begins, never ends.
pic: I.Schad. all rights reserved.

See online : Sophiensaele

Published 12 March

SODA Intensive @ HZT Berlin

Between 25 and 29th of January 2021, I have had the pleasure to teach at SODA, HZT in Berlin Uferstudios. It has been an intense, rich and wonderful experience...

What is universal in as much as movement, self awareness, togetherness, empathy, community are concerned? What links us beyond background, culture, nationality, gender, aesthetics ?
Understanding your own compositional strategies for making work can be seen as a way to formalise / analyse your choreographic practices. In this context I would like to share my own personal approach to body work, choreographic practices and how they relate to warm-ups, to material that is lived, formed and organised for and within you / others. My practices will then mingle, intervene with those coming from you and your own experiences.
We will do warm-ups / trainings together, which will introduce into different types of movement techniques around the energetic body, using principles deriving from Aikido, acupressure (Zen-Shiatsu), breathing techniques (Qi-gong and its relating theories); as well as other somatic practices such as Body-Mind Centering. The questions at stake are concerned with the notion of form and being. And what ‘in-forms’ a form - and the self: We are dealing with inner-outer relationships, the relation to oneself, and - as we are taking the opportunity to train in a group - also the relation of oneself to one another.

pic:I.Schad. all rights reserved.

Published 1 February

Harvest - research at Wiesenburg


This January 2021, we have started the research around the new work for kids from 3 years on: Harvest - at Wiesenburg.
Together with Jan Loris, Aya Toraiwa, Manuel Lindner and Emma Juliard, I have spent 3 intense weeks of working with the branches from our own harvest at Wiesenburg.

pic: I.Schad. all rights reserved.

Published 31 January

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 28th and 29th November 2020, 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.

pic: I.Schad. all rights reserved.

Published 23 January