Isabelle Schad

Reflection // Dance Performance


100% dance award | 360% rotation | 69% reflection

Sat 28.05.22, 7:30 - 8:30 pm  Tickets

Artist Talk afterwards!

Bodies made of many break apart, disintegrate into their individual links and push themselves together again. The rotational force of the revolving stage as well as the theater machinery affect the bodies of the thirteen dancers. In Reflection, Isabelle Schad focuses on the forces that move us and on the power of individuals to move others. At the same time she reflects on the theater as a social gathering place, as a place of power, as a metaphor for life, transformation (and death). Suggested is a sense of urgency, a sense of bodies constantly "working," willing to seek out those collective and individual strategies we need to exist, to coexist, to endure. After two years of pandemic and surprisingly concrete threat to democracy, we experience anew the force but also the intimacy inherent in the interflowing community of dancers. This profound movement research is about perception, contemplation, change and perspective, and perhaps also a blueprint for a possibility to live together.

In 2019, Isabelle Schad received the German Dance Award as an "honor for outstanding development in contemporary dance." In her work, she explores the relationship between body, choreography, and (re)presentation, as well as themes such as community building and political engagement. She also opened the Dance Platform 2020 with Reflection.

Concept, Choreography : Isabelle Schad

Co-Choreography, Performance: Barbara Berti, Frederike Doffin, Ewa Dziarnowska, Naïma Ferré, Josephine Findeisen, Przemek Kamiński, Mathis Kleinschnittger, Manuel Lindner, Jan Lorys, Josh Marcy, Aya Toraiwa, Nir Vidan, Natalia Wilk
Dramaturgical and Artistic Collaboration: Saša Božić
Artistic Assistance: Claudia Tomasi
Composition and Music: Damir Šimunović
Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Emma Juliard
Technique: Dominik von Stillfried, Raoul Lesage
Costumes: Charlotte Pistorius
Costumes Assistance: Maja Svartåker
Theoretical Accompaniment: Elena Basteri
Production Management: Heiko Schramm

"For her (Isabelle Schad), who grew up with Bach's music, the St. Matthew Passion seems like a metaphor of recurring questions of life: disaster and war as well as beauties and miracles included. All this is allowed to hide as subtext in the abstract, concrete, formal, filigree playing arrangements and metamorphoses of `Reflections`."