Isabelle Schad: FUGEN


Isabelle Schad:



TUE 3.11.2015 at 19:00

WED 4.11.2015 at 19:00






With Fugen (Fugues), Berlin choreographer and dancer Isabelle Schad continues her work between musical concepts and their expression in movement. Coming from a music background including a longtime interest in the polyphonic work of J.S. Bach, she attempts to look at her history and at the origins of her movement examining the body and its energies in its materiality, process and time.

The term fugue unites two antagonistic principles – to flee and to chase. For Schad, it serves as an analogy for the body in exercise, where the principles of chasing and fleeing, giving and receiving, emptiness and fullness, are becoming one; to be as much body as to be movement, as spirit, as self.

Schad starts off telling and showing. The piece becomes its own fugue: a form within a form. Playing with its respective compositional elements such as repetition and time delay, the work investigates the multiple rhythms, lines/lives and voices within one single body.

Having for many years been in exchange with visual artist Laurent Goldring, her main questions around non-representational movements and visibility continue: how could the very notion of exercising become image? How could energy itself become image?

Fugues is an autobiographical work in which the performer’s body serves as an example for the construction of the individual within disciplines and systems one cannot escape from.

Dancer and choreographer Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and danced for many different choreographers before she started initiating her own projects in 1999. Her research focuses on the body and its materiality; the relationship between bodies, (re-)presentation, form and experience; practice as a learning process; community and political involvement – among others.

Her works are situated on the interface between dance, performance and the visual arts; they tour internationally. She has co-initiated numerous projects/groups that searched for connections between various fields of research and practice, whereby production methods are also questioned by participants. She teaches throughout the world and in various formats. She is the co-director of a project space in the Wiesenburg in Berlin.





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Concept, choreography and performance: Isabelle Schad

Dramaturgy: Sasa Bozic

Artistic assistance: Frances d’Ath

Collaboration with: Laurent Goldring, Alain Franco

Lighting design: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

Light: Benni Schroeter

Costume: Charlotte Pistorius

Production management: Heiko Schramm

Production: Isabelle Schad / Co-Production: Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Espace Pasolini – Theatre international

Sponsored by Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten (Berlin) und das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags.

Thanks to: Damir Simunovic, Emilie Chicaez, Bruno Pocheron, Marion Montel, Julia Rodriguez, Volker Hüdepohl, Paul Klier, Peter Rintsch, Emma Juliard, Vushkans, Matthias Kirschke, HAU3-Team, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Jochen Knau, Heiko Schwarzburger, Gerhard Walter.

Special thanks to Waltraud and Rainer Schad.



Supported by Goethe-Institut Finnland.


Duration approx. 1 h




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This performance is included in the Moving in November festival pass.


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Single tickets 25/15 € at the door, if available.


Advance tickets at Lippupalvelu, starting 17,50 € incl. fees: