What sound does a willow stick make? How does it feel in your hand? How do the big sticks differ from the small ones? Brown ones from green ones? Old ones from young ones? And how do they turn into a puppet, a whale's belly or forest, a monster or a whip? Harvest is about mindfulness. About how to work with nature, harness it, and respect it in the process. With poetry and ease, the ensemble explores the relationship between man and nature - including the sound cosmos of the willows that create the rhythm for the harvest and the dance.
Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart and danced for many choreographers. Her works are at the interface of dance, performance and visual arts and have been shown at ImPulsTanz Vienna, Tanz im August, International Arts Festival Beijing, Biennale Tanz Venice, among others. As part of Deutscher Tanzpreis 2019, she received an award for outstanding artistic developments in contemporary dance.
After all performances, several follow-up conversations take place immediately afterwards, lasting a maximum of 90 minutes. The allocation to the talks takes place on site. There are always also spatially accessible offers. Information about the presenters can be found here.
Dance / Co-Choreography: Jan Lorys, Aya Toraiwa, Manuel Lindner
Director / Choreography / Stage: Isabelle Schad
Music / Live Sound: Damir Simunovic
Lighting / Artistic Assistance: Emma Juliard, Arnaud Lesage
Dramaturgical advice youngest audience: Dagmar Domrös
Harvest of the willows: Volker Hüdepohl
Organizational Assistance: Heiko Schramm
A commissioned work by Theater o.N., produced by Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin, supported by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund and Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe (co-financing fund). In cooperation with Wiesen55 e.V.
Willow branches, long like the claws of a prehistoric animal, clatter onto the floor. Branches scrape against the wall, where, when leaning against it, they look like the ribs of a whale. Bundles of brushwood rustle softly, looking like mythical creatures crouched in the field. The three dancers in Isabelle Schad's "Harvest" handle the reddish-brown branches of a willow tree in an abstract and yet very concrete manner. You can slip deep into the stream of wondrous images passing by, having a whole-body impact, transferring you into a trance-like state while simultaneously sharpening your perception. What does it sound like when switches collide or hiss through the air? The youngest audience members are invited to partake in this sensual experience. Isabelle Schad developed "Harvest" for children age 3 and older as part of the Berlin model project Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum (Initiative Dance for Young Audiences), which creates a repertoire with renowned choreographers. Isabelle Schad, for example, has been developing her contemporary "practice" for more than twenty years. In dance, this is what we call the mixture of physical routines, research and intellectual interests that a choreographer cultivates. In Schad's case, this includes aikido exercises in Humboldthain, a park in Berlin-Wedding near her production and performance space, the Wiesenburg. One recognizes this practice in "Harvest" as well as her interest in visual art, in bodies and objects that become sculptures in motion on stage. For "Harvest", Isabelle Schad and her team harvested a willow tree next to the Wiesenburg, collected everything from brushwood to long branches, bundled them and turned them into their artistic material. This installation-dance-meditation calls for mindfulness: for respect for the natural materials and draws attention to what is happening in the moment. For children exploring their surroundings, this is a familiar attitude. In Harvest, they can experience how their play becomes art.