Knowing Dance More: Isabel Lewis
Long-Flow Dramaturgies in Heterotopia
Wednesday October 3 | 11:30-12:50pm
Gershman YGym Dance Theater | 401 S. Broad St.
Isabel Lewis will speak on her approach to choreography and on composition as a public expression of care. She will discuss different presentation formats using examples from her work and the works of others to expand upon dance and choreography as experienced beyond the concert stage.
Isabel Lewis is a Berlin-based choreographer born in the Dominican Republic and raised on a man-made island off the coast of southwest Florida. From 2003-2009 Lewis lived in New York City during which she danced for many choreographers such as Ann Liv Young, Miguel Gutierrez, David Neumann, Levi Gonzales, and Christal Brown as well as showed her own choreographic works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!), and PS122. She has also worked as a programmer for the Body Blend series at Dixon Place, as curator for Movement Research Festival Improvisation is Hard (2004) and Reverence (Irreverence) (2007) and as an editor and contributor for the Movement Research Performance Journal. With a background in dance and cultural criticism Lewis works in multiple and hybrid formats such as lecture performances, workshops, activations of public spaces, and what she has named "hosted occasions." Her works have been presented by Creative Time and Art Basel, Berliner Festspiele-Gropius Bau Berlin, Tate Modern London, Dia Art Foundation, Tanz Im August Berlin, and Impulstanz International Dance Festival among others. Lewis has created works around such topics as open source technology and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems (Mountain Grass, Mountain Hare: bodily imprinting and social dances, 2012), collaborative creative formats (Communal EPIC Fiction, 2010), future bodily techniques (BALLISTIC BODY, 2011), and rapping as an embodied speech act (FLOW PLAY: Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop, 2013). Lewis works with an expanded notion of the choreographic and explores composition in heterotopic space, with long-flow dramaturgical developments that can last hours, days, or even weeks. Lewis is a lead artist participating in The School for Temporary Liveness, a UArts School of Dance project taking place at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Fall 2019 that has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Presented by the University of the Arts School of Dance, Knowing Dance More is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by visiting artists and scholars in the international field of dance. Curated by Lauren Bakst, this series seeks to bring into focus current issues within the production, performance and practice of dance works and will hopefully foster ongoing conversations about knowing dance (more).
The Fall 2018 series of Knowing Dance More is in conversation with, and a precursor to, The School for Temporary Liveness, a project featuring the work of Isabel Lewis and nora chipaumire that will take place at the Philadelphia Arts Alliance in September 2019. The School for Temporary Liveness has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.