Elisabeth Schilling (www.elisabethschilling.com / Making Dances a.s.b.l.) was born in Wittlich, Germany and currently works between London, Berlin and Luxembourg. She trained at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium Frankfurt, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as well as London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with an MA in Contemporary Dance with Distinction.
Elisabeth performed for dance companies and independent artists in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the UK such as Scottish Dance Theatre (artistic director Fleur Darkin), EDge (artistic director Jeanne Yasko, founding member of NorrDans), Reinhild Hoffmann, Joe Moran, James Wilton, Anu Sistonen, Tony Adigun, Victor Fung Dance, Matthias Sperling, Julia K Gleich, Ula Sickle , Rachel Lopez de la Nienta and Dog Kennel Hill Project, Anna Parkina, Christina Brondsholm Andersen, Mara Vivas, Gill Clarke, Marina Collard, Zoi Dimitriou and Bernard Baumgarten.
She danced Trisha Brown repertory at Dance Umbrella 2010 as well as Sasha Waltz repertoire on a European tour furthermore participated in artistic research with Damien Jalet, Rosemary Butcher, Theo Clinkard, Jorge Crecis, Candoco Dance Company, Henrietta Hale, Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Henri Oguike and Barbara Fuchs.
For her performance activities, she received an award for her own work at the International Dance Competition Bolzano 2007, and, after a nomination by Gill Clarke, was part of the Young Sparks Programme at Dance Umbrella 2011. She was awarded a prize by Ring Foundation / Akademie der Literatur und Wissenschaft Mainz in 2013 and 2015.
Next to her work as a performer, Elisabeth is curious about the development of dance as an art form, which she researches in her own choreographic work as well as in collaboration with different artists, scholars and scientists.
Elisabeth founded the a.s.b.l ‘Making Dances’ together with Simone Mousset and Pavel Grachev.
The aim of the a.s.b.l. ‘Making dances’ is one the one hand the development of the language of dance and furthermore the research and development of the art form dance through conducting research processes as well as the creation of solo, duo and group works and collaboration with a variety of art forms.
Elisabeth received her first choreographic commission by TrinityLaban to collaborate with the composer Andréas Papapetrou for the International String Quartett Festival Greenwich 2011. In 2013, Elisabeth assisted Sasha Waltz&Guest Kindertanzkompanie on the creation of their new piece ‘The Wild Things’. In the same year, Elisabeth was commissioned by Scottish Dance Theatre to develop a solo for Dundee’s Dance Trail.
Elisabeth’s early choreographic work was shown at the Bonnie Bird Theatre, London, Blackheath Halls, London, London Studio Centre, Teatro Bolzano, TEAK, Helsinki and Akademie der Literatur ind Wissenschaft, Mainz, Dance Trail, Dundee as well as several urban sites around London. Since 2014, Elisabeth is in regular research residency at 3-CL Luxembourg.
Next to her choreographic work, Elisabeth has developed, and continues to develop, various collaborative projects.
Elisabeth has thus collaborated with sound artist William “Bil Wa” Costa and Emilio Gordoa as well as with visual artist Jasmin Schaitl.
She has also developed two pieces with philosopher Moritz Gansen which resulted in two different publications. Commissioned by the conference ‘How Performance thinks’, London, they performed a Lecture Demonstration titled ‘René Pollesch’s Interpassive Theatre and beyond’ in 2012. In 2013, they created ‘Grenzverschiebungen’, a work commissioned and premiered at LAPSody Festival Helsinki.
Elisabeth furthermore initiated a photography project called ‘2 weeks / 10 photographers / 1 dancer / 1 idea’ (working title) in Berlin 2013 which researches the relation between movement and the still image. This project resultet a photographic exhibition called STADTKÖRPER which was shown in Luxembourg in 2015.
Moreover, she created a dance film with visual artists Eunsun Cho and David Amberg which was first shown at Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, 2013.
Elisabeth is currently also collaborating with Linbury Prize Winner and visual artist Alexander Ruth.
Photo Bohumil KOSTOHRYZ