Isabel Lewis

Strange Action

Troparium, Auditorium Rainier III

Horaire : 30th April 2016 – 23:30-00:00

Duration:30 minutes

Isabel Lewis, STRANGE ACTION (2009)
Crédit photo : © Arturo Martinez Steele

Isabel Lewis, who lives in Berlin, is an artist of Dominican and American origin who studied dance, choreography literary criticism in New York. In her work, text, music, dance, and installational elements concur. Since 2013, she organized her ‘Occasions’ – celebratory, salon-like events that Lewis hosts in which she creates an intellectually and sensually stimulated atmosphere using music, plants, smells, and other elements – in various places including Kunsthalle Basel, Frieze Art Fair London, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, or the Gothenburg Biennial. For Nuit Blanche, Lewis recreates her first solo performance, entitled Strange Action (2010). With this work, Lewis already transitioned from performer to host, involving the audience in an intense and personal exploration of the act of performing.


Born in 1981, Isabel Lewis lives and works in Berlin. She previously lived in New York where she danced for numerous choreographers and presented her own works at the New Museum, The Kitchen and Judson Church, among others. Selected by Isabel Lewis to define her work, the term “occasion” is used to describe a format which is somewhere between an exhibition and a living performance. Among the ingredients she uses to create the spiritual and sensual atmosphere of these Occasions, as much social encounters as they are artworks, music plays a prominent role – Isabel Lewis is heavily influenced by the practice of DJing, which she discovered in Berlin.