Occasions hosted by Isabel Lewis – Moving in November Festival

Turunlinnantie 1, 00900 Helsinki

Come and join a celebratory gathering of things, people, plants, dances and smells in the foyer of Stoa.

Come and join a celebratory gathering of things, people, plants, dances and smells in the foyer of Stoa.

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.

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.

Conceived, directed and performed by: Isabel Lewis
Music: Isabel Lewis

The performance is part of international contemporary dance festival Moving in November, that takes place between 4th and 14th of November 2021.