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Recording: 2023-10-14 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Isabelle Schad

The Shift Of Focus

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

Shifting focus means adjusting the weight in relation to how we position ourselves from our own centre of gravity towards an action. On a metaphorical level it also refers to how we can shift our perspectives, our perception and focus, to other more universal forces. In a landscape made of a soft fabric and flying panels creating an extension to the sky, fifteen performers negotiate their configurations between protagonist and chorus, archetypal and emergent forces, gravity and lightness, movement and voice. The panels reflect images like dreams and light as an energetic prolongation (of the performers/spectators), while the performers oscillate between flying them through the air and being flown by them. The reversal of roles seems endlessly variable, from puppet to puppeteer, from chosen one to chorus, from singular to plural, from carrying to carried in order to find lightness as an answer to gravity (and life). Along the way a web of hybrid constellations unfolds, intertwining bodies, movement and material, poetry and humour, caring softness and the wild flow of a group’s energy in motion.

[Source: PR-Info]

TFB Nr. 1821

Cast & Credits

Concept and Choreography: Isabelle Schad
Co-Choreography and Dance: Johanna Ackva, Viviana Defazio, Forough Fami, Josephine Findeisen, Veronika Heisig, Jasmin İhraç, David Kummer, Yen Lee, Manuel Lindner, Jan Lorys, Jennifer Schecker, Yusuke Taninaka, Claudia Tomasi, Aya Toraiwa, Maja Zimmerlin
Setdesign and Visuals: Umberto Freddi
Composition and Sound: Damir Simunovic
Voice training: Ignacio Jarquin
Lighting design: Emma Juliard
Video technician: Josef Maaß
Stage technician: Arnaud Lesage
Costume: likabari
Social Media: Rike Nölting
Editing and Outreach: Elena Basteri
Assistance choreography: Manuel Lindner, Claudia Tomasi, Nir Vidan
Production management: Heiko Schramm

Production: Isabelle Schad
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Funded by: Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt, Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Supported by: Wiesen55 e.V.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

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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