In the coming weeks Elisabeth will be in residency at the Luxembourgish Dance House TROIS C-L, Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgois together with Mélanie Planchard as they start a new creation. Both artists will give an insight into their work on the 3rd of December as part of the 3 du TROIS.

Image: Martine Pinnel

Graphics: Kit Denison

Together with director Suzy Wilson as well as fellow dancer Yen Ching Lin, Elisabeth has been interviewed by British online magazine Dance Direct on the process behind PLACEBO and the life of a contemporary dancer.

During the run of PLACEBO on its national tour throughout the UK, Clod Ensemble’s new production received great attention by the national press and has been reviewed in newspapers such as the Times, the Guardian as well as several magazines:
Selected reviews
Seeing Dance
“Bodies switch in the blink of an eye from fluid ripples to impish jumps.. To pounding beats the company push on together, building to an exuberant climax. At last untethered from any judgements, labels, or frameworks, the movement becomes their medicine.”

Brighton Source
“it’s an artistic triumph by Clod Ensemble to bring together so many different media to focus on this complex theme. It’s thoughtful and undogmatic. But the movement is ecstatic.”
Blog pieces from The Power of Placebo contributors
‘If we think of placebos as pills we’re missing the point’ by Sarah Goldingay, Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University:
‘Case report: Placebo effects’ by Dr Alex Mermikides, theatre academic based at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama:
‘What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?’ by Dr. Jeremy Howick, Senior Researcher and Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme at the University of Oxford: [reproduced with permission from Jeremy Howick and was originally published in The Huffington Post.]
‘If I only had a brain’ By Jon Stone, Professor of Neurology at The University of Edinburgh:
‘Great Expectations – The Power of the Imagination’ by Amy Shelton, artist and Artistic Director of Honeyscribe:
‘Arthritis, Placebo and Nocebo’ by Paul Dieppe, Emeritus Professor of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Exeter Medical School, and a Scholar of the Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore, USA:
Images: Hugo Glendenning

From 30th October – 10th November Clod Ensemble’s new show PLACEBO can be seen at The Place in London:


Another article on the exhibition ‘Man muss das Leben tanzen. Kunst. Körper. Tanz. Wechselbeziehungen.’ at the Akademie of Literature and Science has been published at the Mainz newspaper blickpunkt. The exhibition is still on display until the end of January.

From 22nd – 25th October, Elisabeth will teach ballet for ProDance Leeds. The classes will take place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance from 9.30am – 11am.



The exhibition ‘Man muss das Leben tanzen. Kunst. Körper. Tanz. Wechselbeziehungen.’ curated by Manfred Geis and Elisabeth Schilling has been recommended by German dance magazine ‘tanz’ next to exhibitions at National Portrait Gallery London and MOMA New York.

The exhibition is still on display until 21st December at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.


Elisabeth will be part of Clod Ensemble’s new production PLACEBO, which will premiere and tour the UK this autumn. Clod Ensemble is one of London’s most renowned interdisciplinary companies working between movement, music, theatre, medicine and architecture.


The dates are:

Salford. The Lowry. 11 – 13 October 2018. Book tickets.
Brighton. Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. 16 – 17 October 2018. Book tickets.
Preston. Derelict at UCLan. 19 – 20 October. Book tickets.
London. The Place. 30 October – 10 November 2018. Book tickets.



A room full of expectation, suggestion and infectious rhythm.

What is fake and what is real? Is the movement the medicine?

Placebo is an invigorating celebration of the power we have to make ourselves feel better, even when things are falling apart.

Seven dancers and an audience reckon with the placebo effect –  attempting a series of experiments to discover what gives them pleasure and what dulls their pain. Movements are repackaged, distorted, multiplied and abandoned, propelled by a rich original score that sweeps mischievously through euphoric club tracks to classical fugues. Sometimes playful, sometimes brutal, Placebo revels in how even something considered ‘fake’ can have very real consequences.

Commissioned by The Place.


The Power of Placebo

The Power of Placebo is a national programme of events to accompany our new performance, Placebo.

The ‘placebo response’ describes an effect which occurs when a person is given a ‘fake’ or ‘inactive’ treatment but experiences an improvement in health regardless.

Scientific research has shown that the colour or size of pills can impact on their effectiveness, that sham surgery can create lasting pain relief, and that the ‘performance’ of the doctor can impact on medical outcomes. Some placebo treatments have now been shown to create measurable physiological change in the brain and the immune system.

What are the ramifications of this research for the way we think about and practice healthcare? Is modern medicine making the most of the power of placebo?

These events bring together scientists, artists, architects, ethicists, writers and anthropologists, to explore how our attitudes, beliefs, relationships, rituals and environments can affect our health for better or for worse.

Image: Camilla Greenwell

‘A performance that gets under your skin’ and leaves the audience ‘breathless’ were the words written on SIXFOLD in the Mainzer Allgemeine Zeitung on 07 / 09 / 2018 responding to the opening evening of the exhibition ‘Man muss das Leben tanzen. Kunst Körper. Tanz. Wechselbeziehungen.’ (Life must be danced. Art. Body. Dance. Interrelations.’) The exhibition is still on display until 21st December 2018 at the Akademie der Wissenchaften und der Literatur, Mainz.


Photo: Lukas Görlach


From 10th – 14th September, Elisabeth will give the daily professional class at TROIS C-L, Centre de Création CHorégraphique Luxembourgeois. The class will take place from 10-11.30am at Banannefabrik in Bonnevoie.