A mountain. It moves and turns into a cave. The cave grows twenty arms and turns into a giant monster. The monster then becomes a nest, the nest a river and the river changes into a mountain again. Scenes that are reminiscent of landscape or abstract paintings and moving sculptures move about in Isabelle Schad’s ravishing children’s play. Ten performers and sixty large seat cushions create new variations of an animal’s shelter, time and again. The images swing between ghoulishness and security. Here, following the success of her solo “An Un-Folding Process / Kids“, Isabelle Schad again redevelops a play originally intended for an adult audience and now directs it at a young public. So, “DER BAU – Gruppe” was initially conceived as a performance for adults, inspired by Kafka’s eponymous, unfinished tale. Yet it occurred early on how easily children gained access, and a version for a young audience was created, a version inviting everyone to create their own shapes from the fantastic props at the end.
Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and worked with numerous choreographers before starting to develop her own works in 1999. Her interdisciplinary projects tour festivals, museums and theatres internationally. Her solo work “DER BAU” was invited to the 2014 Tanzplattform, one of Germany’s most prestigious dance events which presents the twelve most outstanding German productions from the previous two years.
Duration: 50 min.
Concept, Choreography: Isabelle Schad; Artistic Cooperation: Sasa Bozic, Laurent Goldring; Performance, Co-Choreography: Przemyslaw Kaminski, Roni Katz, Nina Kurtela, Manuel Lindner, Lena Lux, Diethild Meier, Benjamin Pohlig, David Pollmann, Anna Posch, Sonja Pregrad; Composition, Sound Design: Damir Šimunovic; Light Design: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Emma Juliard; Technical Support: Emma Juliard; Costume: Marion Montel; Management: Heiko Schramm.
A performance by Isabelle Schad in collaboration with de facto, Zagreb und Studentski Centar Sveucilista u Zagrebu, funded by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz from funds of the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien due to a resolution of the Deutsche Bundestag. Isabelle Schad is supported by the Basisförderung der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. The performance in Düsseldorf is sponsored by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Gastspielförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien due to a resolution of the Deutsche Bundestag. Furthermore funded by Takeoff: Junger Tanz, the Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf as well as the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW.