Still lives in Berlin, installation version on August 11th / 12th

21h - 24h in Studio 1 in der Tanzfabrik Berlin

GIES, POCHERON, PELMUS, SCHAD / Good Work Productions / Cie Isabelle Schad

Concept and realisation: Frederic Gies, Manuel Pelmus, Bruno Pocheron, Isabelle Schad

Production / management: Wassili Zygouris

Technical realisation: Olivier Heinry, Bruno Pocheron

Still Lives starts in the streets of different cities (Essen, Halle, Lille, Bucharest and Berlin), where Good Work Productions’ team collects descriptions and comments on ’The Stumbling Block’, a photography by Canadian artist Jeff Wall. The collected sound material, free of any sensationalism, is reorganized towards creating a continuous soundtrack for the performances realized in each city. The connections between the different points of view taken by the interviewed persons provide the base for choreographic and scenic propositions.

In the cyclic installation version created in the frame of ’Berliner Ermittlungen’, the dispositive is designed to confront the sound materials gathered in each city with one another. The transcriptions of all the interviews are projected on five screens, each dedicated to a specific place.

The actual juxtaposition of paroles and statements expressed in different cities allows to observe and highlight similarities and differences in perceiving Jeff wall’s image and in positioning towards it.

More generally, ’The Stumbling Block’ functions here as a filter - its descriptions give an insight on the interviewed people, their different ways of perceiving the world, their social realities, as well as a sketch for an affective portrait of the places where they live .

Gefördert durch: Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin, Pact-Zollverein Essen, Goethe Institut Bukarest,

Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti/National Dance Center Bucharest, Latitudes Contemporaines Lille, Festival Stadt Deiner Liebe Halle.

See online : Tanzfabrik website

Published 30 August 2006

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!

pic. by Isabelle Schad
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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

pic by Isabelle Schad
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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.

Have a look by clicking here

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

Isabelle Schad on Instagram

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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.

Click here for further Info and tickets.

Published 9 November 2021