“UNTURTLED might suggest a removal of the shell from the turtle’s back to reveal what is hidden beneath. The work of Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring, however, doesn’t allow us to peep under the cover. On the contrary, the body is disappearing almost completely underneath the moving accessory that nevertheless exposes its movements as materiality. It appears almost as if the clothes are moving by themselves; in elongations, expansions and contractions, condensations flatulences and tightenings produced by the puffs of the blouse, which seemingly take away the body’s own movement impulses. UNTURTLED does not ’unwrap’ the body, but initiates a deliberate confusion around the question of where movement starts and its separation from the controlling subject. The observer’s eye imagines body parts, which are responsible for the respective sequences and then is subsequently lead astray. The body presents itself as an imaginary one. Except for the legs and head it becomes invisible under its shell and allows only for presumptions upon its appearances.”
Concept and choreografie: Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring
Lights: Bruno Pocheron
Thanks to: Yara Burkhalter and Heike Albrecht
A production of Isabelle Schad in cooperation with Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini Valenciennes, Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig, Stary Browar Art Centre Poznan und Sophiensaele. Supported by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ im Rahmen der Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, enabled by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
Parts of the project have been supported by: Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., CCN Tours and TanzWerkstatt Berlin.
The shows at Counterpulse SF are enabled by the Goethe-Institute San Francisco: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/ver/en10450291v.htm