Still Lives in Bucharest

in the Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti (CNDB) - National Dance Center Bucharest
BD Nicolae Balcescu nr 2 et. 3/4, sector 1 Bucuresti
Tel.: +40 (21) 319 73 82 / 318 86 76

on Friday, the 27th and Saturday, the 28th of October 2006 at 19:30h

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

Performance in Bucharest:
Mihaela Baduta, Florentina Barbu, Ana Coltatu, Anca Costache, Carmen Cotofana, Alexandra Cucu, Maria Francesca Dogaru, Ruxandra Draghicescu, Vanessa Gageos, Bianca Gainus, Frédéric Gies, Lucian Ianus, Cristina Lilienfeld, Ina Morarescu, Cristian Nanculescu, Luiza Neumayer, Vlad Parvulescu, Ionut Pascu, Smaranda Ileana Pasnicu, Manuel Pelmus, Carmen Peniuc, Bruno Pocheron, Gabi Porojan, Ana Ramona, Ioana Rufu, Ramona Stoica, Isabelle Schad, Silvia Ungureanu, Constanta Urzeala, Andra Cristina Daniela Vizante, Sanda Watt

Published 26 October 2006

Some thoughts on the creation of Harvest

find the full article here:

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

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 2021

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 ( and on Tanzforum Berlin (

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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 2021