By author Jon Seymour:

‘Dappled, its surface irregularities balanced; the strong side light suspending this luminous crescent in the dark stage blooms into a full sphere. This cosmology of concentration will open collapsed-time before our eyes and enfold us in a dance work whose beginning has not so engaged since E=mc2 from the 1980 Edinburgh Festival. And what is the music of this sphere? We will remain on the surface of sound; that is not the clue, it is the substance.  A trance has begun and will continue for more than twenty minutes; blink and you will miss it. First to change is the perceptual dimension: are we being drawn in or is this sphere in metamorphosis? It is changing in size without an interruption of stages; it is becoming as it grows. Then it is sudden, and so is our brief smile as a hand tickles out, then opposite a foot, a balanced imbalance of our memory of what is human. A leg shoots out atop at ninety degrees. The enclosure has burst. What squirms out is a tightly enwrapped form we know to be human, but made from the vibration we hear; so abstract it seems a living cell. It’s livingness is that most basic; an enraptured flesh slowly extending and unfolding. Form is content, a quasar of surface pulses into an eventual elongation that is at once the miracle of the human body and a singular luminous brush stroke of light painted in the dark. For the viewer, there are pleasures of a rippling musculature and spine which shake the shadows: here is mollusc and angel. Elisabeth Schilling; her name in six unfolding syllables, holds life out for inspection, suspending with nothing more than a rigorous physical discipline, our own selves and beginnings. And then in slow return, disappears as if all was only a stupor, leaving only dark and breath.’

 

Image: Bohumil Kosthoryz

On January 26th, Elisabeth will perform SIXFOLD at The Place in London.

https://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/malcolm-sutherland-elisabeth-schilling-edit-domoszlai

Image: Bohumil Kosthoryz

On January 12th, Eisabeth will join Rambert Dance Company’s Playground together with dancer Michelle Buckley to start working on new choreographic ideas.

SIXFOLD will be performed at Zsenne Art Lab (www.zsenne.be) in Brussels on January 19th at 1 as well as 6pm.

The work SIXFOLD will continue its tour in 2018, which currently comprises 40 performances in 9 countries. The new dates for the beginning of the year are listed below:
SIXFOLD TOUR: 

 

19th January:  Zsenne Art Lab, Brüssel (httpss://www.zsenne.be/)
 
26th January: The Place, London (https://www.theplace.org.uk)

4th February: TUFA, Trier (httpss://www.tufa-trier.de/)
19th February: Raw Matters, Wien (httpss://www.rawmatters.at)

Elisabeth is starting the new year with a residency at Zsenne Art Lab (www.zsenne.be) in Brussels. She will start a research with visual artist and designer Mélanie Planchard and will also show the work SIXFOLD there on January 19th at 1 as well as 6pm.