01. 12. 2016

Isabelle Schad: COLLECTIVE JUMPS

CoFestival – International Festival of Contemporary Dance Performance FB event> Collective Jumps, a mass choreography of German choreographer Isabelle Schad, is a rhythmical and kinetic study of the conditions of society and collective body or, last but not least, of corpus. Repetition of movements, reduction of signs and constant transformations lead the generic dance collective from

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Collective Jumps, a mass choreography of German choreographer Isabelle Schad, is a rhythmical and kinetic study of the conditions of society and collective body or, last but not least, of corpus. Repetition of movements, reduction of signs and constant transformations lead the generic dance collective from recognisable ethno-kinetic and ritual physical orders and from protest and cheerleading formations to the possibility of entirely new communal physical configurations. Singular and individual protuberances enter new social consolidation, creating a meditative adhesive structure onto which spectators project our reflection on how to be together in the present day.

The group’s body is made out of many. We are exercising practices that have the potential to unite instead of individualize. We are understanding this practices as a relationship to oneself and to one another, as a pathway. Those practices are biological ones, cellular ones, energetic ones. We are looking at freedom in relation to form.

To form that is made of and found by an innerprocess and its rhythms. Rhythm creates the form. Therefore there is multitude, multiplicity, subjectivity and variation, even within repetition. We are looking at freedom as the essence of happiness. We are looking for equality in movement and for the end of hierarchy between body parts. Relations between body parts are like relations between people within the group. We borrow floor, formation and holding patterns from other communal forms, such as folk dance, simultaneously getting rid of their codes for to make the less visible materialities underneath appear. We are relating resistance to questions of rhythm and protest to questions of organization and exercise. We are resisting the esthetics of representation and those who promote it and this is definitely meant to be a political practice.

Could the creation of an infinite, unified, monstrous body possibly become a site of resistance?

Concept and choreography: Isabelle Schad in collaboration with Laurent Goldring
Choreographer’s assistant: Naïma Ferré
Dance and performance: Magdalena Bartczak, Sonia Borkowicz, Barbara Bujakowska, Halina Chmielarz, Paulina Grochowska, Magda Jędra, Aniela Kokosza, Irena Lipinska, Jakub Margosiak, Dorota Michalak, Gosia Mielech, Janusz Orlik, Marta Romaszkan, Iza Szostak, Krystyna Szydłowska, Natalia Wilk, Ula Zerek
Sound composition: Patryk Lichota
Lighting design: Łukasz Kędzierski
Coordinator: Marta Harasimowicz
Photographer: Jakub Wittchen
Production: Art Stations Foundation pod vodstvom Grażyne Kulczyk/Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
Co-production: Goethe-Institut Varšava/Goethe-Institut Warsaw
Premiere: 13th and 14th December 2014, Studio Słodownia +3, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Poznań, Poland

Organizacija/Organisation: Kino Šiška & NDA

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