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Olivier Heinry
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Isabelle Schad (DE)

Isabelle Schad is a choreographer and performer; she lives in Berlin and works in many places. After having studied classical ballet in Stuttgart, she has danced in various classical companies and extended her dance education, looking for different kinds of information taking workshops, receiving scholarships (like danceWEB a.o.) and in the last years, orientating herself more and more towards somatic practices like Body-Mind Centering (e.g. the Embryology Workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 2010 has become an outstanding mark in her experiences). She has performed with diverse companies and choreographers like Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, Frédéric Gies, Olga Mesa, Eszter Salamon a.o.

Since 1999, she is developing her own work that is strongly based on body practices / research and continuous learning processes towards (re)presentation. Her pieces (like California Roll or Still Lives - a community project that has been developed in over 12 european cities) are presented internationally; she received several nominations, prizes and working residencies (like at Podewil Berlin or de Monty in Antwerpen a.o.).

In the last years, she has been co-initiating several projects/groups that are searching for ways of organising, possibilities of functioning and exploring different ways of working together, bringing in relation the different fields of research and practices between the artists involved and questioning modes of production.
With Bruno Pocheron and Ben Anderson she has initiated "Good Work" in 2003, a collaborative framework concerned with the (re)presentation, and perception of the body onstage and in society. Good Work resulted in performances involving artists such as Martin Bélanger, Nuno Bizarro, Frédéric Gies, Hanna Hedman, Olivier Heinry, Benoît Lachambre and Manuel Pelmus.
In 2005 Alice Chauchat, Frédéric Gies, Frédéric de Carlo, Odile Seitz and herself initiated the open collective "Praticable" proposing a specific model of working together between artists in the field of dance and choreography: based on the sharing of body practices, "Praticable" brings together research, learning processes, creation, production and distribution, multiplying circulations between them.
Another recent experience of making works together is the series of pieces: "Unturtled(s)" (from 2009 ongoing) realized with the visual artist Laurent Goldring, in which they reverse the relationship between image and body, getting rid of resemblances between both, changing the relation between inner and outer space, to (re)question the whole notion of representation (again).
Her current series of group pieces "Musik (Praticable)" that she has started in Zagreb and in Berlin, is comparing musical terminology and concepts with physiology, choreographic writing and compositional elements in dance: organisations of bodies writing themselves in space like motifs, figures, polyphonic voices or body - landscapes.

Since quite some years, she is teaching - as a way to continue learning and working, sharing knowledge, ideas and practices, e.g. in Berlin at the MA Choreography and BA (HZT) or internationally in the frame of workshops or short period projects.


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