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Pieces & Elements (2016)

A group of performers negotiates the collective body in motion that can only function as a whole. This body with its different parts and multiple connections serves as a possible reflection of nature where each element is in relation to all the others in order for the whole to exist.


Pieces and Elements deals with the fluid borderlines between a scientific, biological, cellular approach to the body and the one seeing the human body in relation to the cycle of nature and the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. It places itself between a western and an eastern point of view, between visual arts and the performing arts, between installation and choreographic miniatures. After Collective Jumps, the first part of the trilogy on collective bodies, which investigates the body as a site for forming community, Pieces and Elements considers the phases of change and nature as possible energetic means for becoming one: as body, as self or as a group.


Premiered at HAU theater, Berlin, Germany, November 2016

Concept & ChoreographyIsabelle Schad 
Co-Choreography & Performance: Jozefien Beckers, Barbara Berti, Frederike Doffin, Naïma Ferré, Josephine Findeisen, Przemyslaw Kaminski, Mathis Kleinschnittger, Manuel Lindner, Adi Shildan, Claudia Tomasi, Nir Vidan, Natalia Wilk
Theoretical advice: Susanne Foellmer

Dramaturgical advice: Sasa Bozic
Light: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez
Sound: Damir Simunovic
Costumes: Charlotte Pistorius

Production management: Heiko Schramm 
Costume Assistance: Maja Svartåker 
Assistance: Angela Millano 

Photography: Isabelle Schad and Gerhard F.Walter

Made possible by a long years collaboration with Laurent Goldring

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