Elisabeth Schilling is a dancer and choreographer. In close collaboration with an international team and across various collaborations, she develops transdisciplinary projects between movement, design, the visual arts, and music, making the disciplines dance among themselves and with each other. To extend this process, she has, moreover, tasked herself with making contemporary dance take place in established dance spaces as well as more unusual places, and her productions regularly travel to Europe’s capitals as well as to its most rural areas. Elisabeth’s work spans from scores for urban space to more traditional main-stage pieces for black box theatres and experimental works for visual arts spaces. Finally, with her passion for touring, moving through diverse scenes, cultures, expectations and places, Elisabeth is always curious about audience interaction and enjoys developing individually taylored communicative strategies for each of her projects.
In 2016, Elisabeth Schilling founded her company in Luxembourg, and ever since, her work has been touring, with almost 200 performances in 19 countries to date. From 2021 until 2023, Elisabeth will be Artist in Residence at TRIFOLION Echternach.
She studied at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatoire in Frankfurt / main as well as at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (BA Dance Theatre) in London and at London Contemporary Dance School (MA Contemporary Dance).
Schilling regularly dances in international productions across Europe, for example in the UK, Finland, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. She has worked for over 35 choreographers and companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Sasha Waltz (Repertoire), Trisha Brown (Repertoire), Koen Augustijn (Les Ballet C de la B), Clod Ensemble, Rosemary Butcher, Theo Clinkard, Fleur Darkin, Reinhild Hoffmann, Joe Moran, Mamia Company, Anu Sistonen, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Dog Kennel Hill Project, Candoco Company, Anne Simon, Pablo Bronstein, Phil Niblock, Anna Parkina, Victor Fung Dance, Quang Kien Van, Bernard Baumgarten many other art institutions like Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre, Sadlers Wells, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, The Lowry Manchester, Wales Millenium Centre.
She furthermore participated in research projects with Damien Jalet, Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Jorge Crecis and Henri Oguike. Moreover, Elisabeth assisted Dana Caspersen (The Forsythe Company) at the event ‘UNDER | STAND’ at University of Southern California Los Angeles, as well as at the version adapted for Germany as part of Ausufern Festival 2018, Uferstudios Berlin.
Elisabeth has received numerous choreographic commissions from multiple art institutions such as museums, galleries, concert halls, youth companies and festivals: for example Oloris Oram (as part of The Dying Swan Project) by Gauthier Dance, which was also chosen to be part of the live show (2021), White in White (2019) for Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt / Main, Peer Gynt (2019) for Philharmonie Luxembourg, Anthem Moves (2019) for Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Two Dances for Phil Niblock (2017) for Tate Gallery of Modern Art (for Tate Live) London, Desmotes (2017) for Faneromeni Festival Nicosia, Pan Oscillate (2015) for WUK, Vienna, KINDL, Berlin and zeitraumexit, Mannheim (with schaitlcosta), Tree (2015) for DACI Copenhagen, Zwischenzeiten, (2013) for Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning Dundee, Grenzverschiebungen (2013) for TEAK Helsinki, Unbeschriebenes Blatt (2011) for International String Quartett Festival / Maritime Museum / TrinityLaban London.
Her work has been shown in institutions like Saatchi Gallery, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Kunstfest Weimar, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Dag van de Dans, Brussels and The Place, London, The Byre Theatre, St. Andrews, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Dovecot, Edinburgh, National Maritime Museum, London, Danshallerne, Copenhagen (DACI) amogst others.
Elisabeth’s current work HEAR EYES MOVE. Dances with Ligeti, co-produced by Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Kunstfest Weimar and Moselmusikfestival and furthermore supported by Philharmonie Luxembourg and TROIS C-L Luxembourg choreographically interprets the 18 Etudes pour Piano by György Ligeti.
The COVID-19 inspired dance score ‘Invisible Dances: Art after Lockdown’ is currently being performed 55 times in 15 countries across the globe with over 200 creatives involved. The project was funded by Fonds Darstellender Künste, Creative Scotland, Nationales Performance Network (amongst others) and developed in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West, England, Norte Maar New York, The Byre Theatre Scotland, Eden Court Scotland to name a few.
Her work FELT (**** The Herald / The Scotsman) was created in 2019 and is currently on tour through Europe with over 20 performances in 5 countries. The work is touring a variety of venues including historic museums, white cube galleries (Hunterian Art Gallery Glasgow or Dovecot Edinburgh), black box theaters (The Byre St Andrews) and several multi-arts institutions in rural as well as urban areas. FELT is accompanied by a publication. The educational program surrounding FELT has been attended by over 250 participants of all ages to date.
Elisabeth’s work SIXFOLD toured with critical acclaim from the Shetland Islands to Cyprus with over 50 performances in 12 countries. SIXFOLD equally toured a variety of venues – from Europe’s capitals to its most rural areas. The educational program surrounding SIXFOLD has been attended by over 350 participants of all ages.
Her choreographic creations have been supported by foundations, cultural funding institutions and residencies from differenent countries (Seoul Dance Centre, Dance 4 Nottingham, TripSpace London, DanceCity Newcastle, Trois C-L Luxembourg, Kulturstiftung RLP, FOCUNA, CityMoves Aberdeen, Tanz*Hotel Vienna, Koli Residenz Helsinki, Fiskars Art Residency, Finland, WU Art Space Gothenbourg, Arbeitsplatz Vienna, Nationales Performance Netzwerk / Joint Adventures, Fonds Darstellender Künste, Performing Exchanges).
Elisabeth co-curated the exhibition ‘Man muss das Leben tanzen. Kunst. Körper. Tanz. Wechselbeziehungen.’ (‘One Must Dance Life. Art. Body. Dance. Interrelationships.’) together with the Rhineland-Palatinate member of parliament Manfred Geis, in the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz. The exhibition included over 25 works by 12 artists from 9 countries and was recommended by the biggest German dance magazine TANZ next to exhibitions at the MOMA, New York and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Elisabeth also co-curated a symposium on dance in museum and gallery spaces named ‘One Second It’s There…’ at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, supported by The Workroom, Surf The Wave, Goethe Institute Glasgow and Creative Scotland.
Elisabeth produces and curates publications accompanying her choreographic work for which she commissioned texts by internationally recognized academics and authors. See an example HERE.
She held presentations at TEDx LuxembourgCityWomen as well as Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.
During Elisabeth’s participation in the exhibition “As I imagine it…. Skizzen zum Tanz” of the Karlskaserne Ludwigsburg and the KULTUR KIOSK Stuttgart, her drawing was chosen as the cover of the exhibition.
Elisabeth is particularly interested in developing diverse strategies for audience development.
Elisabeth has won several awards: Dance Umbrella (‘Young Spark’), Bolzano Danza and AWL Mainz. Most recently, Elisabeth was nominated for a Fellowship at The Centre for Ballet and the Arts / New York University.
Elisabeth Schilling has taught numerous classes and workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, improvisation and choreography for dance enthusiasts of all kinds and ages, students and professional dancers for institutions such as TROIS-CL, Luxembourg, DOCK 11, Berlin, Clod Ensemble, London, ProDance, Leeds, Anu Sistonen Dance Company, Sweetshop Revolution, London, Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning, Scottish Dance Theatre Young Creatives, Skolen for Moderne Dans, Copenhagen, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Sasha Waltz & Guests Children’s Dance Company, PERA University, Cyprus, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School’s Youth Company SHIFT, SEAD Salzburg, University of Plymouth, Youth Dance Birr, Ireland, Weymoth College and Shetland Arts, amongst others.
A particular focus of her pedagogical work is the integration of refugees through dance. She has organized numerous workshops in her home country.
Portrait of the choreographer – collage of selected choreographic works from 2016-2021:
Portrait of the Performer – collage of selected works 2011 – 2019: