Production Details / Press Releases
With “Fugen”, Berlin choreographer and dancer Isabelle Schad continues her work between musical concepts and their expression in movement. Coming from a music background and a lifelong interest in the polyphonic work of J.S. Bach, she attempts to look at her own (hi)story and the origins of (her) movement between discipline and pleasure, examining the body and its energies in its materiality, process, and time.
The term fugue (Latin fuga, related to fugere ‘to flee’ and fugare ‘to chase’) unites two antagonistic principles in one and the same notion, and thus serves her 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?
“Fugen” 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.
Cast & Credits
Concept, choreography and performance: Isabelle Schad
Dramaturgy: Sasa Bozic
Artistic assistant: Frances d’Ath
Collaboration with: Laurent Goldring, Alain Franco
Light design: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Costume: Charlotte Pistorius
Production management: Heiko Schramm
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, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Jochen Knau, Gerhard Walter.
Special thanks to Waltraud and Rainer Schad.
Supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs and the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK (NPN).
Supported by: Wiesen55 e.V.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH 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):
Isabelle Schad / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Isabelle Schad: Interview / Portrait Isabelle Schad (2017)
- Isabelle Schad: Knotting (Film) (2020)
- Isabelle Schad: FUR (showing) (2020)
- Isabelle Schad: Reflection (2019)
- 24/7 Dance Movie / Isabelle Schad: Reflection (2019)
- Isabelle Schad: INSIDE OUT (2018)
- Isabelle Schad: Turning Solo (2017)
- Isabelle Schad: Double Portrait (2017)
- Isabelle Schad: Pieces and Elements (2016)
- Isabelle Schad: SOLO FÜR LEA (2016)
- Isabelle Schad: Collective Jumps (2014)
- Isabelle Schad: Form und Masse (2014)
- Isabelle Schad: DER BAU – Gruppe12x60 (2014)
- Isabelle Schad: Der Bau (2013)
- Isabelle Schad: Experience#1 (2012)
- Isabelle Schad: Musik (Praticable) (2011)
- Isabelle Schad: Sweet Dreams are made (2010)