Isabelle Schad



“The focus of my work is the body in its materiality and its processuality and how we experience it: the body as a place, space and process. The relationship between the body and its representation is like that of a double membrane.”

Collective Jumps / © Laurent GoldringDer Bau / © Laurent GoldringCollective Jumps / © Laurent Goldring



Isabelle Schad dances. Sometimes her dancing excites, then it amazes with constantly changing shapes and figures. Forms emerge from its dynamic, and vice versa. It seems paradoxical at first but, by hiding her body under panels of fabric, she makes inner processes visible on the outside, as in her solo series Der Bau. Even when her dance crosses into the visual arts territory, it nevertheless relies on the principles of choreography, which she understands as a craft. She is a meticulous researcher who follows the practice of Body Mind Centering® down to the innermost cells of her body. Her approach is highly musically motivated, exploring momentum, rhythm and joy in movement. She enlists the help of artists that inspire her – Laurent Goldring for visual expression, Alain Franco for music– to open up new dimensions within her dance. She herself has studied Far Eastern martial arts and Tao philosophy for several years, as a way to achieve transformation and growth. This requires untiring training, as she impressively showed in her latest solo Fugen. Isabelle Schad’s dance career started with ballet. Today she uses ensemble work and groups – she speaks of “group bodies” – in a sharing process, which allows space for the individual and links the political and spiritual in a unique and apposite way.
Irmela Kästner

An Un-Folding Process (2014)

Collective Jumps (2014)

Der Bau (2014)

Fugen (2015)





Dancer and choreographer Isabelle Schad studied Classical Dance in Stuttgart and danced for many different choreographers before starting her own projects in 1999. The main focuses of her research are: the materiality of the body; the body as a process, site and space; the relationship between the body, choreography, (re-)presentation, form and experience; practice as a site of learning processes; community; and political involvement. Her works, situated at the interface of dance, performance and visual arts, are shown internationally. She has co-initiated several projects/groups with the goal of finding new forms of cooperation. She teaches worldwide, in various formats, and is co-director of a project space at Wiesenburg in Berlin.