Elisabeth Schilling is a dancer and dance maker. She studied at Dr. Hoch’s Conservaroire in Frankfurt a.M. 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 regularily dances in international productions across Europe thus for example in the UK, Finland, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. She has worked for over 30 choreographers and well – respected 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 und Dog Kennel Hill Project, Pablo Bronstein, Phil Niblock, Anna Parkina, Victor Fung Dance, Bernard Baumgarten amongst others at institutions like Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre London, Sadlers Wells London, Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, The Lowry Manchester, Wales Millenium Centre.
She furthermore participated in research projects with Damien Jalet, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Jorge Crecis and Henri Oguike. Moreover she assisted Dana Caspersen (The Forsythe Company) at the event ‘UNDER I STAND’ at University of Southern California, Los Angeles as well as in the for Germany adapted version at Ausufern Festival 2018, Uferstudios Berlin.
Elisabeth has received numerous choreographic commissions: by TrinityLaban, Scottish Dance Theatre CL, TEAK Helsinki, DACI Copenhagen, Tate Gallery of Modern Art (for Tate Live) in London, Bank of Cyprus; moreover WUK Vienna, KINDL Berlin and zeitraumexit Mannheim (with schaitlcosta). Her work has furthermore been shown in institutions like Saatchi Gallery London, Whitechapel Gallery London, MUDAM Luxembourg, Dag van de Dans Brussels and The Place, London.
Her most recent work ‘SIXFOLD’ toured with critical acclaim from the Shetland Islands to Cyprus including over 50 performances in 12 countries. Her choreographic creations have been supported by foundations, cultural funding institutions and residencies from differenent countries (Seoul Dance Centre, Trois C-L Luxembourg, Kulturstiftung RLP, FOCUNA, CityMoves Aberdeen, Koli Residenz Helsinki, Sjönevad Art Space Gothenbourg, Arbeitsplatz Wien).
Elisabeth co-curated the exhibition ‘Man muss das Leben tanzen. Kunst. Körper. Tanz. Wechselbeziehungen.’ (‘One must dance the life. Art. Body. Dance. Interrelationships.’) together with the Rhineland-Palatinate member of parliament Manfred Geis, in the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, which includes over 25 works by 12 artists from 9 countries.The exhibtion was recommended by the biggest German dance magaizine TANZ next to exhibitions at the MOMA, New York and the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Elisabeth has won several awards: Dance Umbrella (‘Young Spark’), Bolzano Danza and AWL Mainz.
Elisabeth Schilling taught numerous classes and workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, improvisation and choreography for dance enthusiasts of all sorts and ages, students and students, as well as professional dancers for institutions such as TROIS-CL Luxembourg, DOCK 11 Berlin, Clod Ensemble London, Anu Sistonen Dance Company, Sweetshop Revolution London, Scottish Dance Theater Creative Learning, Scottish Dance Theater Young Creatives, Skolen for Modern Dans, Copenhagen, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Sasha Waltz & Guest 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 Pro Dance Leeds.
A special focus of her pedagogical activity is the integration of refugees through dance. She has already organized numerous workshops in her home area.
As part of her tour ‘SIXFOLD’, she taught numerous workshops in 12 different countries on the piece, with a special reference to the creative interrelations between dance and visual arts.