Some thoughts on the creation of Harvest

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Ich finde es so spannend zu bemerken, wie ich diese Arbeit, die auch ein ganz junges Publikum erreichen soll eigentlich wie immer angehe: die Aspekte von energetisch kraftvoller Bewegung, die aus dem täglichen gemeinsamen Training heraus wachsen, die visuellen und auditiven Aspekte, das Verhältnis von Selbst / Welt – bleiben im Fokus. Und zugleich arbeite ich mit dem Bewusstsein, daß das Stück auch für die ganz Kleinen funktionieren soll. Also: daß die gelenkte Aufmerksamkeit, die Kommunikation, Dauer und Rhythmus einfach stimmig sein müssen. Denn es gibt kein kritischeres Publikum diesbezüglich als Kinder, gerade wenn sie noch ganz jung sind. Es ist ja eigentlich das schönste Geschenk, das man sich machen kann, wenn man nach den sinnlichen, haptischen Erfahrungen sucht, die abseits von Verstand und Konzept wahrgenommen werden und zugleich kleine Wunder im eigenen Erfahren auslösen können.
Dauer und Aufmerksamkeit werden für das junge Publikum nochmals anders und neu beleuchtet. Aber im Grunde genommen, ist ein Stück wirklich toll, wenn es für alle funktioniert, unabhängig vom Alter, Hintergrundwissen, von Erfahrung oder Herkunft. Das war eigentlich schon immer mein Anliegen: mit meiner Arbeit Grenzen jeglicher Art überwinden zu können. In unserer heutigen Zeit, in Zeiten der Pandemie, wo die Grenzen immer enger werden, empfinde ich diesen Aspekt als relevanter denn je…
Isabelle Schad

Published 2 May 2021

Studio visit 17.12 at 2pm

We are offering an informal studio visit 17th December at 2pm around the work on the score of Solo for Lea with Josephine Findeisen. If you would like to book a visit, please contact Isabelle at is[at]
It would be nice to see you there!

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Published 15 December 2021

6.-9.12.2021 First research week at HfMDK in Frankfurt

Great pleasure working together for the Biennale Project in Stuttgart

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Published 13 December 2021

Trailer of Sommerfest.ival 2021 OUT NOW

We are pleased to have published today the trailer of the sommerfestival 2021.
Enjoy a touch of summer in the cold winter!
Thanks again to all those who participated.

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Published 13 December 2021

25 NOV. : Reflection in Ljubljana for CoFestival 2021

Thrilled to go on stage again with this group piece after two years.
In the program of the festival the work is beautifully announced:

The website of choreographer Isabelle Schad, who was honoured for her outstanding artistic development in contemporary dance
as part of the German Dance Award in 2019, introduces her work by saying that it focuses on the materiality and processuality of the
body and on its possibility to be experienced. At exactly this intersection, she deals with the relationship between body, choreography and (re)presentation and issues of community building and political engagement. This programme note could hardly summarise more accurately the artistic commitment of this choreographer, who has stripped contemporary dance of its stylistic, formal, compositional and figurative clutter, and theatre dance of its identity specificities, so that bodies do not encounter themselves or others in anything but their very material and human potentiality. Isabelle Schad no longer needs any of the established social rituals, configurations, manners and patterns (of behaviour) that Pina Bausch had delightfully and humorously brutalised in her choreographies. In her trilogy on collective bodies, which she began with the work Collective Jumps (hosted at CoFestival in 2016) and concluded with her performance Reflection, the choreographer is not concerned with the dismantling of social compositions or ideological body trainings, but with the potentiality of
human presences (with the archive of the unrealized), which can only emerge in the form of critical modalities of action when bodies arrive to themselves. Once they enter the realm of difference, into the condition of what they can only become. Perhaps this is why we are so struck by the performances of Isabelle Schad, because, if only for a brief moment, as in Reflection, time is reversed and human bodies are given some perspective, we are suddenly struck by how rare it is to see people in dance performances without the choreographies showing (representing) them. People, with the fragile and unstable fullness of their bodies. When this happens, the political character of dance becomes more apparent, which has to give up (self-)performance in order to find its way to another body.

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Published 23 November 2021

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Published 9 November 2021

12-13 Nov: FUR and TURNING SOLO 2 at the Potsdamer Tanztagen 2021

This upcoming weekend, join us at Fabrik Potsdam, just one hour outside of Berlin. In the frame of the festival Potsdamer Tanztagen we will show FUR and Turning Solo 2, two recent works that invite the audience to a timeless experience of closeness and contemplation.

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Published 9 November 2021