How would you say your training has helped you to get to where you are today?
My training has introduced me to a variety of techniques, aesthetics and styles which all prepared me to the professional life. Furthermore, it has taught me to get to know my own body, its specific needs, weaknesses and strength and how to work with them. It has taught me to stay persistent in my journey, which is so crucial in the professional life!
Do you have any advice for young dancers?
'Don’t lose the passion.‘ and ’Stay persistent!’. The ‚rights' or ‚wrongs‘ or the ‚goods‘ or ‚bags‘ are somehow vanishing in the dance world I think. There is such range of aesthetics, styles and ideas about dance around, so if this is what you really need to do, you will find a way! Everyone has something to give! If you really work, there will be somebody who sees that, so don’t lose hope.
What did you find most inspiring or unexpectedly useful whilst at LCDS?
I was very inspired by the range of people teaching, studying and choreographing at LCDS. It is a place where people come together to live their passion and strive to make their dreams come true; or to share knowledge accomplished over a long career. These encounters made me feel at home and equally motivated and encouraged to pursue my own journey as a dancer and maker!
What have you been up to since LCDS?
I have been regularly dancing in international productions across Europe for over 30 choreographers and companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, Sasha Waltz (Rep), Trisha Brown (Rep), Koen Augustijn (Les Ballet C de la B), Clod Ensemble, Rosemary Butcher, Theo Clinkard, Fleur Darkin, Reinhild Hoffmann amongst others at institutions like Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Southbank Centre London, Sadlers Wells London, Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, The Lowry Manchester, Wales Millenium Centre. I also choreograph my own work: most recently SIXFOLD, which toured with over 50 performances to 12 countries. Since graduating, I received 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). My work was furthermore performed in institutions like Whitechapel Gallery London, MUDAM Luxembourg, Dag van de Dans Brussels and The Place, London.
More info on: www.elisabethschilling.com