Pieces and Elements
chor. Isabelle Schad
In the new work Pieces and Elements a group of performers negotiates the collective body in motion that can only function as a whole. This body with its different parts and multiple connections serves as a possible reflection of nature where each element is in relation to all the others in order for the whole to exist.
Pieces and Elements deals with the fluid borderlines between a scientific, biological, cellular approach to the body and the one seeing the human body in relation to the cycle of nature and the five elements : water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It places itself between a western and an eastern point of view, between visual arts and the performing arts, between installation and choreographic miniatures. After Collective Jumps, the first part of the trilogy on collective bodies, which investigates the body as a site for forming community, Pieces and Elements considers the phases of change and nature as possible energetic means for becoming one : as body, as self or as a group.
In her recently premiered work Solo for Lea, Schad deals with a single figure as a portrait. Pieces and Elements draws on that experience, and focuses on the collective body as cubistic landscape, which can be considered at once as a space of transformation and as the event itself. We are approaching an oscillation between organism, apparatus and hybrid matter, between experience and sensuality, between utopia and reality.
Concept & Choreography :
Co-Choreographie & Performance :
Jozefien Beckers, Barbara Berti, Frederike Doffin, Naïma Ferré, Josephine Findeisen, Przemyslaw Kaminski, Mathis Kleinschnittger, Manuel Lindner, Adi Shildan, Claudia Tomasi, Nir Vidan, Natalia Wilk
Theoretical advice : Susanne Foellmer
Dramaturgical advice : Sasa Bozic
Artistic assistance : Claudia Tomasi
Light : Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Sound : Damir Simunovic
Costumes : Charlotte Pistorius
Production management : Heiko Schramm
Costume Assistance : Maja Svartåker
Assistance : Angela Millano
Made possible by a long years collaboration with Laurent Goldring.
Premiere 25 November 2016
Production : Isabelle Schad. Coproduction : HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Regierender Bürgermeister Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. In Cooperation with Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT). Supported by Wiesen55e.V.
Thanx to Lea Moro, Frances d’Ath, Bruno Pocheron, Volker Hüdepohl ; to everyone who participated in the Open Practice Sessions, as well as to my teachers Jochen Knau, Heiko Schwarzburger, Gerhard Walter.
photos: Gerhard Walter