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SCHIELE: A LIVE MOVEMENT PIECE

SCHIELE is a dance theatre piece based on the self-portraits and female studies of early 20th century Viennese artist, Egon Schiele. It brings to life through physical expression Schiele’s confrontational and radical depiction of his human subjects.

 

Lucy Waterhouse was particularly inspired by the bristling inner psychological and physical energy of Schiele’s subjects, their distorted and angular poses, and the unsettling relationship Schiele establishes with his viewer through a direct gaze.

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“You've given the paintings new layers that have helped me understand the originals. You got the emotion and the physicality of them. You made them seem more alive. Now, when I think of Schiele, I think of all the angles - the jutting chins and elbows, because of how you made them move.”

Kate Wyver, Theatre Columnist at The Guardian

(in response to performance at The Royal Academy of Arts)

“Lucy is a bold and adventurous young theatre maker, working with real passion and conviction. Her latest work is both visually striking and physically intricate. The colours, the tone and the somewhat unnerving ambience resonate long after you leave... A real gem for both visual arts and contemporary theatre audiences.”

Karla Shacklock

(in response to performance at Circomedia)

2019

'RA Late: Vienna Cabaret Night' at Royal Academy of Arts - 26th Jan

Performed as part of the RA's 'Klimt/Schiele' exhibition, which celebrated the centenaries of both artists' deaths.

'Drawing from Performance: Schiele' at Katzpace - 6th Feb

In collaboration with London Drawing, Schiele was adapted for an evening of drawing and performance for professional and amateur artists to respond to.

SCHIELE has taken form as a dance theatre piece for both conventional theatre spaces (The Wickham Theatre), art galleries (Royal Academy of Arts), and as a performance piece for visual-artists to respond to. It is still in development, and continues to adapt for different spaces and audiences.

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“I was incredibly excited to see how the paintings were brought to life in the movement and the eccentric, impassioned, extended, intense poses, and the interplay between the characters, and I could have gone on drawing all day. In fact, I’m very reluctant that I had a very short spurt at it. It was incredibly beautiful.”

AMANDA LEBUS, Professional Artist

(from 'Drawing from a Performance: Schiele' with London Drawing

CLIP FROM ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

2017

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ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

SCHIELE

2017

Choreography

Lucy Waterhouse

Costume, Set and Make-up

Lucy Waterhouse

Producer

Joseph Sawdon

Lighting and Sound Designer

Joseph Sawson

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