Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Fugen by Isabelle Schad
Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Fugen vy Isabelle Schad
Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Fugen by Isabelle Schad
Picture: Dieter Hartwig
Logo of the Hebbel am Ufer
With "Fugues", Berlin choreographer and dancer Isabelle Schad continues her work between musical concepts and their expression in movement. Coming from a music background and a lifelong interest in the polyphonic work of J.S. Bach, she attempts to look at her own (hi)story and the origins of (her) movement between discipline and pleasure, examining the body and its energies in its materiality, process, and time.

The term fugue (Latin fuga, related to fugere ‘to flee’ and fugare ‘to chase’) unites two antagonistic principles in one and the same notion, and thus serves her as an analogy for the body in exercise, where the principles of chasing and fleeing, giving and receiving, emptiness and fullness are becoming one; to be as much body as to be movement, as spirit, as self.

Schad starts off telling and showing. The piece becomes its own fugue: a form within a form. Playing with its respective compositional elements such as repetition and time delay, the work investigates the multiple rhythms, lines/lives and voices within one single body. Having for many years been in exchange with visual artist Laurent Goldring, her main questions around non-representational movements and visibility continue: how could the very notion of exercising become image? How could energy itself become image?

"Fugues" is an autobiographical work in which the performer’s body serves as an example for the construction of the individual within disciplines and systems one cannot escape from.

"Fugues" and "Solo for Lea" are part of a series of works that Isabelle Schad subtitles as portraits and will be shown as Double Bill on the same weekend in HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Sophiensaele Berlin.
Past dates
October 2015, November 2015, April 2018
60 min.
Concept / choreography / performance
Isabelle Schad
Saša Božić
Artistic assistance
Frances d'Ath
Associated artists
Laurent Goldring, Alain Franco
Benni Schroeter
Light design
Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Production management
Heiko Schramm
Charlotte Pistorius
Production: Isabelle Schad. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Espace Pasolini (Valenciennes). Funded by 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 Bundestag. Supported by: Wiesen55 e.V. The re-run ist funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.