An Unfolding Process @ Unfolding Kafka Festival in Bangkok

”How are the formulation of our sensations, the study of the physical and anatomical systems offering new territories in research to dancers? One possible answer could be found in the piece An Un-Folding Process (excerpts from Unturtled till Der Bau) by Isabelle Schad, in which the enormous fabrics and a costume conceived together with visual artist Laurent Goldring become a new internal space of the body, a gigantic imaginary skin. The body envelopes and incorporates. The dance is born from the integration of the spaces between skin and tissues. The dances are punctuated with lectures. Isabelle Schad is exposing her notes of work and her thoughts and includes the spectator in this immense matrix. The work is as much visual as knowing; the sensation of making oneself part of a strange organ invites the spectator to see the piece from the inside. And this is where all the beauty of the work operates in the surprising cross-over between Franz Kafka and the american avant-garde of dance.” Stéphanie Auberville

Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts, Chulalongkorn University/ NOV 20 at 19:30

See online : UnfoldingKafkaFestival

Published 23 November 2019

INSIDE OUT - Kuala Lumpur

Created by choreographer Isabelle Schad, winner of the 2019 German Dance Prize.
Co-created and performed by dancers from Europe and Southeast Asia.

In her performative exhibition INSIDE OUT Isabelle Schad shows choreographic sculptures that are experienced in their powerfully sensuous moving forms. Her work situates itself between dance and visual art, draws on her ongoing fascination with Aikido-Zen, community building and her long-term collaboration with visual artist and philosopher Laurent Goldring. With subtle exactness, the performers form bodies and movement into sculptures which define their own space and evolve a contemplative quality. INSIDE OUT is conceived to be re-created anew for each venue and will be seen for the first time with this unique constellation of dancers coming from Europe and Southeast Asia.

Performers: Claudia Tomasi (Italy), Przemek Kamiński (Poland), Josh Marcy (Indonesia), Noutnapha Soydala (Laos), Vidura Amranand (Thailand), Nguyen Thanh Chung (Vietnam), Nicole Primero (Philippines), Gebbvelle Ray Selga (Philippines), Jereh Leung (Singapore), and Lau Beh Chin (Malaysia).
Artistic Assistance: Claudia Tomasi (Italy)
Music: Damir Simunovic (Croatia)
Lighting: Emma Juliard (France)
pic: I.Schad, all rights reserved.

Friday 15 Nov, Saturday 16 Nov & Sunday 17 Nov 2019
White Box, MAP Publika

See online : Rimbun Dahan

Published 23 November 2019

Collective Jumps as part of German Dance Award @ PACT Zollverein, Essen

FR, 18.10. 19 Uhr
Feierliche Ehrung für Isabelle Schad und Jo Parkes
Anschliessend Performance ›Collective Jumps‹ von Isabelle Schad und Laurent Goldring.

In ›Collective Jumps‹ Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring investigate the utopia of community building in dance. A bodily formation evolves from a group of 16 dancers, fluctuating between form-creation and freedom. In a fluid process, a rhythm develops from the movements of the individual bodies, the limbs of the dancers enclose, connect to and encircle each other like a single organism. Can the production of this infinite, united, monstrous body represent a setting for cultural opposition? ›Collective Jumps‹ adopts elements from folk dances and separates the movement material from its original context. Concentration and variation of familiar movements leads to an hypnotic current of continual overlappings, in which the boundaries and hierarchical relations between bodies are dissolved, without thereby dissipating the subjectivity of the individual.

See online : PACT Zollverein

Published 28 October 2019

Ehrung für die künstlerische Arbeit / Verleihung Deutscher Tanzpreis in Essen

I am grateful to receive this honour in the frame of Deutscher Tanzpreis 2019 in Essen !!!!

Isabelle Schad receives an award for outstanding artistic developments in contemporary dance. Dancer and choreographer Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and has danced for numerous choreographers. Since 1999 she has been producing her own choreographic works at the interface between dance, performance and visual arts.

Isabelle Schad explores the body. The search for internal impulses of movement, for that which moves in the body, forms the starting point of her choreographies. This means that the body is not simply a tool to create choreographic figures or a certain expression but rather undergoes continuous metamorphoses, is observed and brought into play again and again. Her dance and the bodies of her dancers seek less to create a fixed image or a clear form of expression than to help us to experience how movements turn into art. And when these processes are applied to the dancers, completely new forms of collective work emerge. This particular creative process has had a decisive influence on contemporary dance in recent decades. Isabelle Schad’s works are outstanding examples of this.

„Isabelle Schad kann man als Pionierin bezeichnen: Sie hat nicht nur gezeigt, wie sich somatische Praktiken in die choreografische Arbeit integrieren lassen, sondern auch, welche Bedeutung sie für soziale Gefüge haben können.
Und darin liegt das zutiefst Politische in Isabelle Schads Arbeit: Es geht ihr nie nur um die innere körperlich-subjektive Erfahrung des einzelnen Menschen, die in der somatischen Arbeit Empfindungen von völliger Freiheit auslösen kann, sondern immer auch darum, wie man sie für andere sichtbar, teilbar machen kann.
Die gerade auch formale Schönheit von Schads Arbeiten beruht entsprechend weniger darauf, dass irgendwelche Figuren oder Bewegungsmuster von allen ‚gleich‘ oder ‚perfekt‘ ausgeübt werden. Im Gegenteil dient sie oft eher dazu, eben genau diese – im Grunde Leistungs- und Distinktionsprinzipien entstammenden – Kategorien zu überwinden.“

pics: Eva Radünzel, all rights reserved.

See online : Deutscher Tanzpreis

Published 28 October 2019

adaptation Der Bau @ Cango, Firenze

Due to unexpected circumstances, we have had a last minute change of program and have had the pleasure to stage an adapted version of Der Bau at Cango on 12+13.October 2019.

See online : Cango

Published 28 October 2019