Still Lives Zürich

Simone Aughterlony, Phil Hayes,
Bruno Pocheron und Isabelle Schad
Still Lives Zürich

Mit: Simone Aughterlony, Eva Büchi, Lidija Burcak, Fiamma Camesi, Kira Egli, Caroline Eichenberger, Mathias Gabler, Sandra Gugger, Soraja Hagspiel, Laura Harzenmoser, Phil Hayes, Carmen Heeb, Eva Huss, Stefan Lustenberger, Janet Müller, Kathleen Royston, Thomas Rüdisühli, Angelika Salgo, Isabelle Schad, Daniel Schmidt, Katja Stein, Cerlihiah Ufelli, Georgiana Ursprung, Sabrina Volkart, Nina-Sophia von Waechter, Anna-Lea Witmer, Esther Dana Wyden

Stimmcoach: Christoph Homberger
Lichtdesign: Bruno Pocheron
Technische Realisierung: Bruno Pocheron, Heiko Schramm
Koproduktion: Gessnerallee Zürich mit Good Work Productions

Mi 14.01. & Do 15.01. um 20h / Jan 14&15 at 8.00pm /
Gessnerallee Zürich im Rahmen von Gedankensprünge

Es beginnt in den Strassen von Zürich. Passanten werden gebeten, Beschreibungen und Kommentare über «The Stumbling Block» abzugeben. Eine Fotografie von Jeff Wall, die städtisches modernes Leben in der post-industriellen Gesellschaft zeigt – unspektakulär, aber dennoch mit starkem dramatischen Potenzial. Das Bild dient als Filter – die Beschreibungen geben Aufschluss über die befragten Personen und deren unterschiedlichen Formen der Wahrnehmung, aber auch über eine Stadt und ihre verschiedenen sozialen Realitäten. Die aufgenommenen Stimmen dienen der Erarbeitung der Bühnenperformance. Als kontinuierlicher Soundtrack in den Bühnenraum übertragen, werden die Interviews szenischen sowie choreografischen Elementen gegenübergestellt, die gemeinsam von professionellen Performern und Zürcher Laien in einem zehntägigen Workshop entwickelt werden. In «Still Lives» geht es um Körper, um sozial-politische Kontexte, aber auch um die Rolle des Beobachters und seine Stellung in der Welt.

Published 16 January 2009

1+ 2 Oct. HARVEST in Helios Theater (Hamm)

Published 1 October

OUT NOW: A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our digital publication A Room Full of Particles. A Living Archive for Isabelle Schad.

You can download it from the website of our publisher Naima Unlimited:

Published 29 September

About the Sommerfest.ival

Three questions to Isabelle Schad about the idea of the Sommerfest.ival

Tanzhalle Wiesenburg and the Humboldthain – venues of the festival together with the Werkhalle Wiesenburg – have been a home and a refuge during the pandemic. How have you inhabited them in the past months?

Very soon after the second lockdown began, I started to invite members of my team – dancers, light and sound designers, anyone who wanted – to join me in the park at Humboldthain for regular training sessions in the morning.
It’s been a way of staying together: for oneself inside the pandemic, during which distance v. contact has become the central change, and among ourselves as a team and people who like one another.
It’s become a regular practice in which we learn new techniques derived from aikido with the stick and the sword, and it’s been a strong factor in as much it began to change the depth of the/my work in the field of performance, movement, dance …
On the other hand our own space, the Tanzhalle Wiesenburg, has been a refugee for us as a team: we restructured the space, did building work, had a place for gathering during the winter time and worked on small formats, respecting the rules for staying safe and healthy …
So the whole area around Humboldthain in Wedding has become a central point of meeting, and we developed our own ‘liveliness’ and home over there during that time, which has left good traces.

And now with this festival you’re sharing your work and practice with the public. What is the inspiration and intention behind it during this (still) special time?

The idea was to share some of that liveliness with an audience, or simply with a larger group of people, with friends.
The notion of being and doing things together is a central point. What can sharing be?
How does it feel doing the warm-up practice together in the park and then to witness another type of practice that can become an (invisible) performance – open-air, but at the same time worked for the theatre and now stripped of all possible theatrical signs (of representation)?
How can it be seen in its most essential presentness?
How can the material be looked at as a symbiosis of relationships between us as persons, as human beings and nature?
Relationships between culture and nature, inside and outside, self and other? How is it then to travel back to Wiesenburg, where installations happen indoors and concerts outdoors, where ‘doing things’ meets the notion of ‘seeing things’, ‘hearing things’, being together, relaxing and enjoying together.

The festival presents existing works in new forms and newly adapted versions. But there is also a thematic fil rouge around the idea of infinite movements.

The notion of infinite movement – movement that has no beginning and no ending, like all movements of life: walking, flying, climbing, etc. – has been a focus in my work for a long time. Weight shift and its movement patterns that repeat themselves but are continually new and different is the core material I’m dealing with.
That’s why the training and movement practice is so central to my work. When the looping and repetitive patterns are made visible they can become a living sculptural entity. In the working process I observe the places where things become visible and start to form … form the formless and leave the form again … alive material that is life itself: everything is vibrant movement.

Published 18 September

PREMIERE HARVEST / Tanzhalle Wiesenburg

We are pleased to invite you to the Premiere of Harvest, a dance performance for people of all ages, from 3 and upwards. The work is a production by Theater o.N. as part of the “Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin”.

16. – 23.09. 2021 Premiere and further performances

Info and tickets:

Pic. by Dieter Hartwig, all rights reserved

Published 16 September


We are pleased to invite you to the Premiere of Personne, the new work by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring, 9-12.09.2021 at Tanzhalle and Werkhalle Wiesenburg Berlin.
Part of the programme is the exhibition Les yeux sans regard, by Laurent Goldring, and an Open Practice Session with Isabelle Schad.
See details below.
We would be delighted to see you there.

all images by L.Goldring, all rights reserved.

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See online : TanzhalleWiesenburg

Published 29 August


August 6-9 2021


We are happy to present a selection of works, newly adapted in durational and open-air versions, Open Practice Sessions and much more...

All events are free of charge. The number of places is limited.
pic by D.Hartwig. all rights reserved. Turning Solo 2 at Sophiensaele. It will be presented as an Open Air Version during this edition of our SOMMERFEST.IVAL

See Programme and details attached.

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Published 30 July