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Recording: 2014-02-06 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Isabelle Schad

DER BAU – Gruppe12x60


Production Details / Press Releases

In 2012 Berlin Choreographer Isabelle Schad and French artist Laurent Goldring created their currently touring piece DER BAU (invited a.o. to this year’s German Dance Platform), for which Kafka’s unfinished novella of the same title has been serving as an inspiration source. Starting from the description of an animal’s burrow as a metaphor for the body, with its organs and secretions, they have been investigating the space of the stage as an organ. The labyrinth described by Kafka as a space deriving from the body itself, yet still belonging to it becomes the basis for their explorations of conceiving this new relationship between body and space that they have started with their series of pieces Unturtled in 2008.

Form and Mass, a solo Isabelle Schad created in 2013 for and with Sonja Pregrad, examines the relation between energy and matter, between material and movement, and the subsequent emergence of form. The material – black bags filled with polystyrene beads – serves as an amplifier towards visibility: it elongates the body into its surrounding space.

60 of those black bags are the material used in the new group piece DER BAU – Group12x60, which continues the new perspective on choreographing inner / outer space. The material movement of a group of 12 performers creates a space travel that dwells between paradoxal landscapes, pure energetic matter, abstract painting and moving sculpture. A black phantasmagorical mass invades little by little the space of the stage allowing the spectator’s eye to dive into a journey of surprises, desires and fantasies …

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography: Isabelle Schad
Artistic collaboration: Saša Božić, Laurent Goldring
Dance / Performance: Ivana Dimitrov, Hana Erdman, Przemyslaw Kaminski, Roni Katz, Nina Kurtela, Lena Lux, Diethild Meier, Lea Moro, Benjamin Pohlig, David Pollmann, Anna Posch, Sonja Pregrad
Composition, sound design: Marcello Busato
Light design: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Tech: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Martin Pilz, Emma Juliard
Costumes: Marion Montel
Production management, PR: Heiko Schramm
Production: Isabelle Schad in collaboration with de facto, Zagreb and Studentski Centar Sveucilista u Zagrebu
Isabelle Schad is supported by the Berlin Senate in 2013/14
Thanks to: Wiesen55 e.V., Uferstudios Berlin, Volker Hüdepohl, Jasmin Ihrac and all who have participated in the try-out practice sessions.


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13357 Berlin


Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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