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Der Bau

Der Bau

Der Bau

In Kafka’s incomplete story Der Bau, an animal’s den is described that is created from a body and made up of it – its forms, traces, smells, excretions and reserves, its hopes and despair within. It serves as a metaphor for our title, and the point of departure for a continuing research into the special relationship between the body and space that we began in 2008 with the series of pieces called Unturtled.
In Unturtled #1-4, costumes become transitional objects, a prosthesis (the last nonexistent layer of the body) and the first layer of cover of the outer space. Seeing costumes as organs allowed us to investigate the body and the surrounding space that is generated from it: as a stage and as a stage set. During the Der Bau work process, it became clear that the space is itself an organ and an extension of the body. To understand this idea, Rilke’s perspective on the sculptor Rodin helped us: according to him, Rodin didn’t form the bodies into a sculpture, but rather the spaces around the bodies. We create a flat and flowing space out of big pieces of cloth: the material as external layers (fabric) is treated like internal layers (fabric). They react in a surprisingly lively way, simultaneously like a body part, vessel and partner.
With Der Bau Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring continue their successful cooperation in the series Unturtled. The aesthetics of the performances produced within this series is unique. Unturtled #1-4 has been touring worldwide since 2008.

Source : Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring


More information : www.isabelle-schad.net/

Schad, Isabelle

Dancer and Choreographer Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and worked with many choreographers until she started developing her own projects from 1999 on. Her research focuses on the body and its materiality, the body as process, place and space, the relationship between body, choreography, (re)presentation, form and experience, body practice as site for learning processes, community and political involvement. Her projects work at the interface of dance, performance and visual arts being featured internationally (world wide collaborations with local Goethe Institutes, international festivals, German Dance Platforms etc). She co-founded several projects/open collectives (Good Work, Praticable), that search for ways of linking different practices and researches whilst questioning the modes of production. She teaches all over the world and in different formats. She is co-organizer of the working space „Wiesenburg-Halle“ in Berlin, Zen Shiatsu Practitioner and started to practice Aikido on a daily basis.


Source: Isabelle Schad Cie 's website


More information : isabelle-schad.net

Goldring, Laurent

Philosopher and artist. Since 1995, he has been dealing with representation in general and representation of the body in particular. He questions the current dominance of analog images (photos, films, video) by insisting on their complete inadequacy. His work shows that the body is only rarely presented or seen as independent of very specific codes. Goldring’s fundamental idea is that images are not representations, but rather organs – just like any other organs. In his portrait works and his representations of daily life, he applies the same principles and effects. Numerous choreographers such as Isabelle Schad, Xavier Le Roy, Saskia Hölbling, Benoît Lachambre, Germana Civera, etc. share his interest in this subject; in his cooperation with them, a new body has developed in the field of dance.


Source : Darchverbarnd Tanz

Der Bau

Choreography : Isabelle Schad, Laurent Goldring

Interpretation : Isabelle Schad

Original music : Peter Böhm

Lights : Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

Technical direction : Martin Pilz, Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

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