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Recording: 2012-07-27 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Isabelle Schad



Production Details / Press Releases

’A labyrinth is said, etymologically, to be multiple because it contains many folds. The multiple is not only what has many parts but also what is folded in many ways’, writes Gilles Deleuze in his book ’The Fold’.

In her new choreographic group piece Experience #1, Isabelle Schad takes on reflections around the idea of the fold, investigates the form of becoming in its manifold transformations. Together with 26 Performers from 11 countries that she has met in the last few years, she explores the relationships between embryological developments, its movement pathways, directions, folding patterns and its time-spatial proportions. Embryology is a study of relationships within a process. In continuous flow and in constant evolution, movement patterns repeat themselves in its variability and difference till cellular organizations become an organ. In the group of Experience #1 each person is part of the whole – of the collective body and work – and in the same time subject of her/his own movement experience ; a social body that allows for subjectivity. The comparison between forms of becoming and forms of organization in society becomes a consequence.

Within 3 weeks of shared practice they develop scores, organize and fold materials into a choreography. The practice itself is what implies community and togetherness. They look at creative, human, (in)organic, cultural or musical processes as an interwoven texture. Each presentation of Experience #1 is its own (and new) manifestation of their materials, their scores and research between form and becoming, sensuality and structure, excitement and abstraction, embryology and choreography, sound and nature, nature and culture, self and non-self, pleasure and dance.

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography: Isabelle Schad
Co-choreography, performance: Selma Banich, Nino Bokan, Roberto Bolivar, Moyra Silva Rodriguez, Ivanielo Dimitrov, Jorge Gonçalves, Roni Katz, Nikolina Komljenovic, Vera Knolle, Inna Krasnoper, Nina Kurtela, Martha León, Maja Marjancic, Sarah Menger, Andrea Ochoa, Eduard Mont de Palol, Sybille Müller, Carlos Maria Romero, Ivana Roncevic, Martina Rösler, Lola Rubio, Karolina Šuša, Martina Tomic, Nils Ulber, Ivana Vrataric, Marysia Zimpel
Artistic cooperation: Alain Franco
Light and Stage: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Sound and technical realization: Martin Pilz
Sound advice: Kassian Troyer
Wood construction: Marcello Busato
Costume advice: Marion Montel
PR, production management: Susanne Beyer
Thanks to: Christina Amrhein, Fahri Akdemir, Kailai Chen, Laurent Goldring, HZT, Arantxa Martinez, Eva Meyer-Keller, Ana Rocha, Wiesen55 e.V. – and all who stood aside with accommodation and participating in the Open Practice sessions
A production byIsabelle Schad.
Funded by the Capital Culture Fund.
Supported and in cooperation with: Arts Station Foundation Poznan, Embassy of Portugal, Bulgarian Cultural Institute Berlin, Ekscena Zagreb, Goethe Institute Headquarters, Goethe Institute of Bogota, Lima and Sofia, Instituto Camões, Instituto Cervantes, Jardin d’Europe By the Cultural Program of the European Union), Croatian Embassy, ​​Croatian Ministry of Culture, Country of Carinthia Culture, Mezzanine, National Cultural Fund Bulgaria, Peruvian Embassy, ​​City of Zagreb – Office of Education, Culture and Sports, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios Berlin


Uferstr. 8/23
13357 Berlin


Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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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