Isabel Lewis

A series of ‘occasions’ in London, playing with the accepted behaviours between host and guest

In collaboration with ICA, London, Liverpool Biennial and Trust New Art, National Trust, Isabel Lewis will host a series of occasions in London and in Liverpool’s Sefton Park Palm House. Lewis’ dramaturgy, which includes speaking, DJing, dancing, plants, refreshments and smells by Norwegian chemist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas, creates an environment attuned to the energies of each occasion and its attending guests. Easing the formalities of distanced observation often found within a theatre or exhibition context, Lewis offers a space of relaxation where the entire human sensorium can be engaged.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. Whilst living in New York, Lewis danced for many choreographers and from 2004 exhibited commissioned works at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church, amongst others. Lewis moved to Berlin in 2009, where she spent the next two years working as an editor and DJ, before creating her solo show STRANGE ACTION (2010). Isabel draws from her training in literary criticism, dance, and choreography as well as from party and popular culture. Partners: Liverpool Biennial and ICA, London