Isabelle Schad & Laurent Goldring

Der Bau

Part of "On Visibility and Amplifications"


In 2012 Berlin Choreographer Isabelle Schad and French artist Laurent Goldring created the piece "Der Bau", for which Kafka's unfinished novella of the same title has been serving as an inspiration source. Starting from the description of an animal’s burrow as a metaphor for the body, with its organs and secretions, they have been investigating the space of the stage as an organ. The labyrinth described by Kafka as a space deriving from the body itself, yet still belonging to it becomes the basis for their explorations of conceiving this new relationship between body and space that they have started with their series of pieces Unturtled in 2008.

During the creation process it became clear that space itself is an organ, and it should be seen as an extension, a prolongement of the body. Rilke’s statement about Rodin can serve as the guideline to understand this idea: Rodin does not sculpt the body, but the spaces around them. Schad & Goldring built a two-dimensional, planar, fluid space of large sheets of fabric. These external tissues are dealt with like internal tissues, and they respond in a surprisingly alive manner, at the same time as part of the body, as a shell, and as a partner.

Production: Isabelle Schad in collaboration with Espace Pasolini Valenciennes & Monty Antwerpen. Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Supported by: La Ménagerie de Verre Paris, Uferstudios Berlin & Wiesen 55 e.V. Thanks to: team of Espace Pasolini Valenciennes, team of Uferstudios Berlin, Heike Albrecht, Marion Montel, Frances d’Ath.


Concept & Choreography: Laurent Goldring / Performance: Composition, sound design: Peter Böhm / Light design: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez / Light: Benni Schroeter / Technical direction: Martin Pilz, Mehdi Toutain-Lopez / Production/PR: Heiko Schramm


  • Past
    Wed 6.5.2015, 20:30 / HAU3
    Thu 7.5.2015, 20:00 / HAU3


Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin

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