An Un-Folding Process, Isabelle Schad (DE)

04.10.2014 / 21:00 / WASP
performance / 50’

Disclaimer: This performance contains nudity.
The performance will be followed by an artist talk.

Concept and choreography: Isabelle Schad, Laurent Goldring
Performance: Isabelle Schad
Photography: Laurent Goldring
A solo by Isabelle Schad after the Pieces Unturtled #1-4 and Der Bau by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring.
A performance presented with the support of Goethe Institut Bukarest..





A solo by Isabelle Schad after the Pieces Unturtled #1-4 and Der Bau by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring.

In the frame of eXplore dance festival, Isabelle Schad will share and reveal different excerpts of the pieces Unturtled #1-4 and Der Bau, a solo developed and first presented in the frame of the Live Legacy Project: correspondences between German contemporary dance and the Judson Dance Theatre Movement, that resulted in a series of pieces created together with Laurent Goldring.

Der Bau (The Burrow) is a continuation of a work started in 2008, that manifested itself concretely in Unturtled #1 through #4. In this series of pieces, the costume was considered as a transitional object: at once a prosthesis of the missing last layer of the body, and simultaneously the first encompassing external space. The costume as organ makes possible an exploration of the body and the space around it can generate, as space, and as a stage, and as a scenography.

Kafka’s novella Der Bau, where the burrow is described as a space deriving from the body itself, yet still belonging to it — bearing the form, traces, odors, wastes and reserves, hope and despair — seemed a good basis for further explorations of conceiving this new relationship between body and space. The creation process revealed that space itself is an organ, and it should be seen as an extension, a prolongement of the body. Rilke’s statement, that Rodin does not sculpt the body, but the spaces around them, can serve as the guideline to understand this idea. A two-dimensional, planar, fluid space was built of large sheets of fabric. These external tissues are dealt with like internal tissues, and they respond in a surprisingly alive manner, at the same time as part of the body, as a shell, and as a partner.

Isabelle Schad is a German choreographer and performer living in Berlin. She was member of Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus in Brussels and has worked with Olga Mesa, Angela Guerreiro, Felix Ruckert, Eszter Salamon, among many others. Currently co-initiator of Good Work, Praticable and the working space Wiesenburg-Halle, her work explores relationships between the body, its languages and representations.

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