Isabel Lewis

Teaching at Brazil

mon march 2 :: 2pm - 4pm
wed march 4 :: 2pm - 4pm
mon march 9 :: 2pm - 4pm
wed march 11 :: 2pm - 4pm
mon march 16 :: 2pm - 4pm
wed march 18 :: 2pm - 4pm

$10/per class
cash only

Class Description:

Communal EPIC Fiction
(Communal Experience in Performing Instantly Created Fiction)

This class is meant to address the experiential disconnect between what happens in the rehearsal studio and what happens "on stage". So often in my experience of performing I have the feeling that I loose time, that time inside of the act of performing moves so fast that I feel I've missed the experience somehow. There can be a strange distance between the actions of my body and my conscious mind. This can be interesting in the context of exploring trance however this class is an exploration of what it is to be fully conscious inside of the altered state that is performance. Can we slow down performative time for ourselves and experience it in all of its bodily and fleshy mystery? In an attempt to address this question we will approach each class as though it were a performance from its very beginning to its very end. We will begin with a guided improvisational body/mind activation and continue performing together in instantly created fictions. Emphasis is on action, on making and doing things, on imagination. We will at times alternately watch and perform for one another. We will be generous and kind to ourselves and one another. I ask that everyone keep a notebook for reflecting on each class/performance.


Isabel is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and curator. She is a graduate of Hollins University where she majored in both Dance and English with a focus in Literary Criticism. Since moving to NYC in September of 2003 Isabel formed The Labor Union with Erika Hand and has presented work at the Cunningham Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, PS 122, and The Kitchen amongst other venues in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Isabel also creates solo work and performs with her three siblings as LEWIS FOREVER. Isabel has had the honor of being a Movement Research Artist in Residence and a Fresh Tracks Residency Recipient in 2005-2006 and was selected to take part in the Meeting Points Artist Exchange in Budapest in the summer of 2008. She has worked as an editor and writer for the Movement Research Performance Journal and has been the curator for the dance series, Body Blend, at Dixon Place since March of 2005. As a curator Isabel has also worked on the Movement Research Festival 2004: Improvisation is Hard and the Movement Research Festival Spring 2007: Reverence (Irreverence). As a performer Isabel has had the pleasure of working with Christal Brown, Levi Gonzalez, Miguel Gutierrez, David Neumann, and Ann Liv Young. Isabel operates a new performance and studio space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn along with fellow dance artists Felicia Ballos and Beth Gill called BARN.