Isabelle Schad

OHNE WORTE (Praticable)

photo bruno pocheron

concept and choreography: isabelle schad

lights: bruno pocheron

sound: bruno pocheron, isabelle schad, hanna hedman

artistic assistance: hanna hedman, alice chauchat, bruno pocheron

clothes: jaap

exchanges with / thanx to: laurent goldring, frederic gies, sybille müller

production: cie isabelle schad in co-production with hau berlin and espace pier paolo pasolini valenciennes

supported by: hauptstadtkulturfonds berlin
thanks to: mimecentrum berlin, pact-zollverein essen, tanzfabrik berlin

Tue 20th of november at 8.30 p.m
Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini, Valenciennes (F)

The pleasure of the text is the moment, when my body is following its own ideas - as my body doesn’t have the same ideas than myself.(...) The pleasure of the text wouldn’t be reducible to its grammatical functions, as the pleasure of the body isn’t reducible to its physiological needs. (Roland Barthes)

Ohne Worte (Praticable) investigates the comical body through a physical approach, that means through body practice, movement and dance. The performance addresses the comical body as a body of excess, a body that slips out of control through the misbalance of its functions. This “body without words” is expressive, flirting with expressionism and the clowning tradition, displaying a virtuosity that allows the body’s failure to be looked at, laughed with.
The focus on physicality is important in that it leaves behind emotional and strategical relations to representation; whereas one might introduce comical bodies through the use of existing images or pre-conceived representations, I will stress the function of the body as an initial motor. The described approach thus goes from the physicality to the sensation, state and emotion and doesn’t imply any psychological motivation, but produces emotional reactions. An anatomic approach allows me to escape the ‘recognizable’ shapes of my own body and movements, looking for places where the clownesque and humorous can appear, where surprise is triggered, where different ‘characters’ can be produced and transform.
Ohne Worte (Praticable) reveals a multiplicity of bodies within one, including the appearance of unexpected or under-represented bodies and a fluid identity through the various faces one can assume, un-covering ‘other’, invisible bodies.

Der Pantomime sagt: ‘Ich verspreche, dass ich schweige.’ Der Tänzer verschweigt, dass er spricht. Wie also spricht sein Körper, und dies nicht im metaphorischen, sondern tatsächlich phonetisch-physikalischen Sinne? (Philipp Gehmacher in: incubator, Passagen Verlag, 2006)

as a first part Frédéric Gies will present an extract of his piece
DANCE (Praticable)

Concept & choreography : Frédéric Gies

based on a proposition of Alice Chauchat

Artistic collaboration : Alice Chauchat#

Music : Madonna

Production : Frédéric Gies, with amical support from Tanzfabrik / Berlin

Praticable by Alice Chauchat, Fréderic de Carlo, Fréderic Gies, Isabelle Schad and Odile Seitz. Praticable proposes itself as a horizontal work structure, which brings into relation research, creation, transmission and production structure. This structure is the basis for the creation of many performances that will be signed by one or more participants in the project. These performances are grounded, in one way or another, in the exploration of body practices to approach representation.Concretely, the form of Praticable is periods of common research of /on physical practices which will be the soil for the various creations. The creation periods will be part of the research periods. Thus, each specific project implies the involvement of all participants in the practice, the research and the elaboration of the practice from which the piece will ensue.

See online : Lignes de Corps

Published 19 November 2007

Workshop / for Theater o.N.

On 20.+21.5. I have had the pleasure to give a 2 days workshop to the team of Theater o.N. between Wiesenburg and Humboldthain.
We have trained together moving the inside with the outside and vice versa. We have started to learn some principles of movement coming from Aikido. We have started to hold a sword (Bokken) and a stick (Jo) in our hands.
We have moved with.a partner and within a group...again...after such a long time...

Published 13 June

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

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