Performance Isabel Lewis: Occasions

Woman dancing with a microphone in hand. Photo: Neven Allgeier

Thu, 04.11.2021 -
Tue, 09.11.2021


Moving in November – Contemporary Dance Festival

Come and join a celebratory gathering of things, people, plants, dances and smells in the foyer of Stoa. Considered celebratory gatherings of things, people, plants, dances and scents, Occasions - a format created by Isabel Lewis in 2013 - takes place in a decorated environment where visitors can drift in and out of attention and sociality. A choreographed space that defines the movements in it and influences the people enclosed in it by bringing the installation to life with their own movements. Lewis unfolds a specific dramaturgy attuned to her guests and their energies shaping a live experience using choreography, music, spoken address, and storytelling in ways that allow for conversation, contemplation, dancing, listening, or just simply being.
Easing the formalities of distanced observation typically found within the theater and exhibition contexts, Lewis is interested in aesthetic situations that move beyond the merely visual where the entire human sensorium is addressed. Within the Occasions, visitors encounter smells made in collaboration with Norwegian smell researcher Sissel Tolaas and are welcomed with amuse-bouches created by a local chef.


Thu, 04.11.2021, 8:30-10:30 pm
Sun, 07.11.2021, 2-6 pm (free admission!)
Mon, 08.11.2021, 8:30-10:30 pm
Tue, 09.11.2021, 8:30-10:30 pm

​Isabel Lewis

Isabel Lewis is a Berlin-based artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1981 and raised on a man-made island off the coast of southwest Florida. Before relocating to Berlin in 2009 she lived in New York City for several years where she danced for many choreographers, showed her own commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancespace Project at St. Mark’s Church, PS 122 and Dia Foundation. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy, her work takes on many different formats from lecture performances to workshops, music sessions, parties, hosted occasions, and large scale artistic/programmatic works.