Isabel Lewis is a Brooklyn and Berlin-based performer and curator from the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Hollins University where she majored in both Dance and English with a focus in Literary Criticism.
In September of 2003 Isabel formed The Labor Union with Erika Hand in NYC and presented dance works at the Cunningham Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, New Museum, PS 122, and The Kitchen amongst other venues in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
Isabel now creates solo performance works most recently exhibiting in NYC, Poznan, Poland and Berlin, Germany. She also directs LEWIS FOREVER, a performance collective comprised herself and her three siblings Sarah Lewis, Ligia Lewis, and George Lewis Jr. of Twinshadow. LF was recently awarded a MAP Fund Grant for their new work, Lewis Forever’s Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic.
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.
he has worked as an editor and writer for the Movement Research Performance Journal and was the curator for the performance series, Body Blend, at Dixon Place from 2005-2008. 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.
photo by Arturo Martinez Steele