FELT

How are we influenced by the fabrics, materials and shapes that surround us? How do they touch us? How do we feel them?

A moving sculpture, a river of fabric,  an abstract landscape or an amorphous creature: between installation and performance, between the inanimate and the animate, between geometry and phantasm, the interdisciplinary production FELT renders homage to the sense of touch. Skin and cloth, constantly transformed by bone and muscle, become themselves a texture of movement, creating spaces for the imagination.

This piece is a collaboration between the dancer and choreographer Elisabeth Schilling and the designers Mélanie Planchard and Eric Schumacher. The performance will be accompanied with a musical composition by Andreas Papapetrou. The work has been furthermore been supported through the work of curator Simone Stewart, dramaturge Moritz Gansen as well as researcher support Dr. Nele Lipp and Tim Nunn.

On tour:

FELT toured internationally to a diversity of venues: white cube galleries, black box theaters, multi-arts venues as well as community halls. FELT was choreographically adapted to the architecture of each specific space. The context of where the work was performed changed the reading of the work itself and revealed much on the respective space itself and its expectation on performance work, which made the tour and its mission unique.

Framing Program: 

We are offering a diverse framing program around the performance of FELT:

FELT – Teaser

Sommer Tour 2019

Premiere: 18th April Cercle Cité Luxembourg
26-27. April: Valises et Passages – Temporärer Raum für Wechselwirkung der Künste, Fabrik der Künste, Hamburg:
7-9. Mai: Casa Tony M. / Synagoge Wittlich
11. Mai: Variation, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
18. Mai: Frankfurter Hof Mainz
12. Juni: The Barn Banchory
13. Juni: Scottish Dance Theatre Dundee (workshop)
21. Juni: Catstrand Dumfries
26. Juni: Symposium & performance The Hunterian Gallery Glasgow
27-29. Juni: The Hunterian Gallery Glasgow
4. Juli: Dovecot Gallery Edinburgh
6. Juli: The Byre Theatre St Andrews
11. Juli: Seaboard Centre, Balintore
13. Juli: Uyeasound Community hall, Unst, Shetland Islands (tickets on the door)
20. Juli: Mareel Arts Centre, Lerwick, Shetland
3. August: WU Arts Space Gothenburg

Press voices:

**** The Herald: ‘Playful, spectral and stirringly beautiful.’ Mary Brennan

**** The Scotsman: ‘Schilling’s fascinating moving sculpture helps us see fabric in a whole new light.’ Kelly Apter

‘The performance was extraordinary – unlike anything I’ve seen before. (…) I found it beautiful and intriguing and surprising. How could one performer imbue inanimate material with so much life and meaning? I also found FELT disconcerting, awkward, funny, utterly hypnotic and ultimately unreadable – in the best possible way.’ Tom Jeffreys, writer for FriezeThe IndependentThe Telegraph, ArtReview

‚She has developed a unique art that is open to other disciplines, which she willingly shares with a neophyte audience in unusual places. If we also count the choreographic commissions created for the prestigious Tate Modern (London), it is not surprising to see the rapid evolution of this young choreographer who sees dance as an artistic whole.’ Gregory Cimatti, Le Quotidien

‚Elisabeth Schilling keeps surprising (…). Her dance choreographies are unusual,
explosive and abstract. They play with our perception. Some (audience members)
even spoke of a new art form between choreography and performance, between visual art and dance and material that has come to life.’ Anina Valle Thiele, Tageblatt

‚Elisabeth Schilling’s disobedient creatures: This project can be seen as analogies to the research of Joseph Beuys, who was also interested in the artistic potential of felt, or to Sasha Waltz’s latest creation, Kreatur.’
Marie-Laure Rolland, La Glaneuse

’FELT’, only the title of her new solo act is already program.’
Thierry Hick, Luxembourger Wort

What the audience thought of Felt

Audience voices:

‘Working with Elizabeth Schilling on bringing FELT to the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, was one of the most creative and joyful experiences of my working life. The performance in the evening was absorbing, emotional, thought provoking and truly beautiful. Elizabeth combines an intellectually rigorous approach to her research with an ability to fluently communicate her ambition and intention for the piece. (…) Elizabeth puts audience experience at the centre of her performances, her ability to gently and beautifully engage with her audiences is impressive and is incredibly helpful in breaking down the barriers normally associated with contemporary dance, which can only support audience growth and development for the artform. This is especially evident in her approach to post show conversation which creates a safe space for discourse.We are extremely fortunate that an artist of Elizabeth’s calibre is happy to work with us in Scotland and I very much look forward to our next adventure together.’  Jan McTaggart, Interim The Byre Theatre Manager St Andrews

‚Mesmerizing, very intruiguing!’ Véronique Kesseler, curator, CASINO Luxembourg

‘It was tremendous to welcome Elisabeth Schilling here in Shetland as part of her Scottish tour of FELT. The piece captivated the audiences, it felt accessible and relatable. The close proximity between the felt and the audience created an eager tension between them.I just feel really rather lucky that we got to have Elisabeth here. She gave so much and it was such a pleasure.‘ Kathryn Spence, Shetland Arts

‚A really thought provoking experience, absolutely fascinating!’ Meredith Moth

‚It is a completely new perspective on dance. This abstractness that she brings (…) is really quite exciting and very courageous, consequent.’  Marion Rothaar, theatre maker

‚FELT is a very sensitive work for me, which thematizes visibility and invisibility, which thematizes person, space and material, very poetic and very calm.’ Sandra Lieners, visual artist

‘FELT is a minimalist performance linking movement to matter, in an immersive sound atmosphere and where the spectator lets himself be caught up in the grandeur and depth of the fabric to which Elisabeth Schilling breathes life through changing gestures and forms, not without humour, to reveal herself only at the end of the performance.’ Anouk Wies, artistic director Cercle Cité Luxembourg

It was a great pleasure to be able to show this new piece to the Luxembourg public for the first time at the Cercle Cité. A surprising representation in all subtlety and inviting to the fantastic, which questions the place of the set and the body in contemporary dance.

‚It is rather extraordinary, it is a very beautiful piece and also very original.’ Juliette Geesmann

‚Sometimes the impression arises as if the shell is brought to life by itself…magic spell. Life as growth, tension, fatigue, standstill, separation, defense, hesitation and renewed rebellion in a flowing rhythm until the final leaving of the field as farewell or new arrival?’ Christoph Hufnagel

‘Amazing piece of work, Elisabeth. Haunting and hypnotic at the same time. Sense of growth, evolution, almost like giving birth or the hatching of an egg.’ Katy & Fiona

‚I found the performance fascinating, the play between the moving body and the sculptural forms left behind after human body had moved on. Different moods and feelings, sometimes funny, sometimes scary, sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative.‘ Nicola

‘I loved it so much! The fabric and the movement reminded me of liquids. A liquid can potentially take on any form. As a seamstress, I am forever amazed at the things that can be created from a piece of fabric. Like liquids, fabrics can take any form. The performance also reminded me of feelings. Feelings resemble liquids. I thought about the felt sense. Thank you for an amazing performance.’ Adriana

‘Elisabeth manages to bring challenging work to remote communities and engage the audience in a process of dialogue, which breaks down the boundary between audience and performer to create a shared experience to be explored.’ Tony Humbleyard, Shorestation Unst

‘It is wonderful to experience your wealth of expressiveness and inventiveness through this felt material.’ Anastasia

I think that I just met an alien. It was new-birth , new to this place and so was I. We were not sure how to make each other feel welcome here, but I Ould like to think that w both wanted to.’ Aran

‚I have attanded a most wonderful evening of contemporary dance in a. Room full of moving history with extraordinary materials. It was moving how you became a sculpture through your dance, sometimes ponderous, tanmtalitzing, sometimes light-footedly stretched, always surprising in the movement. I wanted to be your second dance partner under the felt, dancing to thisxtraordinairy music. I am very happy to have lived something that beautiful.‘ Marlene Schommer.

Design & Dance a short History

Team:

Design: Mélanie Planchard
Construction / Development: Mélanie Planchard / Eric Schumacher
Curator: Simone Stewart
Dramaturgy: Moritz Gansen
Musical composition: Andréas Papapetrou
Research support: Dr. Nele Lipp
Consultancy: Tim Nunn / Aurel Thurn
Videography: Anntii Pirskanen
Photography: Martine Pinnel / Sid Scott (in black box)
Graphic design: Annick Kieffer / Studio Polenta
Production assistance: Johanna Schmitt
Production: Making Dances a.s.b.l.

Supported by:
Cercle Cité Luxembourg, Goethe Institute Glasgow, Silvio und Waltraut dell’ Antonio Stiftung Wittlich, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur Rheinland-Pfalz, Kulturstiftung RLP, TROIS C-L, Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg, Fondation Indépendance Luxembourg

Residency partners:
City Moves Dance Agency Aberdeen, Dance City Newcastle, Dance4 Nottingham, TripSpace London, Studio Wayne McGregor through FreeSpace programme, Zsenne Art Lab Brussels, Arbeitsplatz Vienna, Hariko Luxembourg, WU Arts Space Gothenbourg, Koli Residency

Mediapartner: Radio ARA

Special thanks:
Simone Röhr, Sally Marie, MMK Rechtsanwälte, Rathauspraxis Manderscheid

Our Team on FELT: