Isabelle Schad:

With Double Portrait Isabelle Schad continues a series of works which attempt to create distinct and personal portraits through a purely physical approach, molding respective rhythms and energies into choreographed experiences.

Double Portrait– the portrait for Przemyslaw Kaminski and Nir Vidan – seeks to form a solo for two persons with their bodies, movements, and subjective rhythms. Each of them finds his prolongation in the other. In changing interdependencies, a shared space defines self and other, intimacy and care, colliding forces and violence, creating a web of connectivities. The work plays with aspects of Frances Bacon’s paintings, their complexity in visual rhythm, their intensity and immediacy. It raises matters around violence and sensuality, the role of temporality, the relation to oneself that expands into the other and into the world.

“The images are always somehow in-between, hybrids, and can never be clearly defined. As soon as an image starts to say something that each member of the audience can recognize, I want to change it or get rid of the image.” (Isabelle Schad, excerpt from an interview with Wolfgang Horn, Theater: Ein Fest! Tanzplattform 2016, 3sat)

Isabelle Schad

German choreographer and performer living in Berlin. Co-initiator of Good Work, Praticable and the working space Wiesenburg-Halle. 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 practices Aikido on a daily basis.

Concept and Choreography: Isabelle Schad

Co-Choreography and Performance: Przemek Kaminski, Nir Vidan

Dramaturgical advice: Sasa Bozic

Sound design: Damir Simunovic

Light design: Bruno Pocheron

Costumes: Charlotte Pistorius

Image: Thomas Henriksson


Production Management: Heiko Schramm

Production for de facto: Andrea Remetin

Production: Isabelle Schad

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, de facto Zagreb

Photos: Isabelle Schad


Funded by City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN): Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German BundestagSupported by Wiesen55 e.V.

Thanks to Volker Hüdepohl, Maia Svartaker, Uferstudios Berlin

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