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Knotting (Film)
Recording: 2020-10-30 , Wiesenburg-Halle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Isabelle Schad

Knotting (Film)

Onlinefilm (March 12, 2021 19 h - March 21, 2021) | Sophiensaele

Production Details / Press Releases

The film for the performance Knotting documents the research for the piece in excerpts and was shot as an experiment five days before the planned premiere. The choreographic portrait is inspired by the fluid, elastic, expansive movements of the dancer Francesca d’Ath and shows a physical confrontation with the knot. A deep blue surface creates references in the set between heaven and earth, between reality and dream. A lucid space is created that makes parts of the body appear like cut-outs, referencing, among other things, the sensual and soft forms of painter Henri Matisse’s works. The choreography is a powerful, ongoing play with repetition and change – with movement that never begins, never ends.

ISABELLE SCHAD is a dancer and choreographer, studied classical dance and worked with numerous choreographers before she started to develop her own projects in 1999. Her research focuses on the body and its materiality, explores the relationships between body, choreography, (re)presentation, form and experience, and considers physical practice as a place for learning processes, community and political participation. Her projects operate at the interface of dance, performance and visual arts and are shown at festivals, theaters and museums worldwide.


TFB Nr. 1491

Cast & Credits

Concept and choreography: Isabelle Schad
Co-choreography and performance: Francesca d’Ath
Sound: Damir Simunovic
Light: Emma Juliard
Costume: Charlotte Pistorius
Camera: Walter Bickmann, Doris Kolde
Editing: Walter Bickmann in collaboration with Isabelle Schad
Production management: Heiko Schramm
Production: Isabelle Schad
Co-production: SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Supported by: Wiesen55 e.V.

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)

Isabelle Schad / Trailers and Video Documentations

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