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Elisabeth Schilling  is a dancer and dance maker. She studied at Dr. Hoch’s Conservaroire in Frankfurt a.M. as well as at TrinityLaban ConservElisabeth 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 35 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, Candoco Company, Anne Simon, Pablo Bronstein, Phil Niblock, Anna Parkina, Victor Fung Dance, Quang Kien Van, 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 Museum of Applied Art Frankfurt, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning, Tate Gallery of Modern Art (for Tate Live) in London, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Cooper Gallery Dundee, TrinityLaban, TEAK Helsinki, DACI Copenhagen, Bank of Cyprus; moreover WUK Vienna, KINDL Berlin and zeitraumexit Mannheim (with schaitlcosta).

Her work was furthermore 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, Maritime Museum London, Danshallerne Copenhagen (DACI), Faneromeni Festival Nicosia (amongst others).

Her most recent 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 to a variety of venues including historic museums, white cube galleries (Hunterian Art Gallery Glasgow or Dovecot Edinburgh), black box theaters (The Byre St Andrews) as well as several multi-arts institution in rural as well as urban areas. FELT is accompanied by a publication. The educational program surrounding FELT have been attended by over 250 participants from all ages to date.

Elisabeth’s work  ‘SIXFOLD’ toured with critical acclaim from the Shetland Islands to Cyprus including over 50 performances in 12 countries. SIXFOLD equally toured to a variety of venues – from Europe’s capitals to its most rural areas. The educational program surrounding FELT have been attended by over 350 participants from 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, Koli Residenz Helsinki, WU 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 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 & 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 Shetland Arts amongst others.

A particular focus of her pedagogical work is the integration of refugees through dance. She has already organized numerous workshops in her home country.

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