Existing Otherwise is a site-specific work by Isabel Lewis, made on the invitation of SNDO – School for New Dance Development to engage with the second and third year students through a two-week workshop leading towards a public presentation on the 13th of December.
Using choreography, music, storytelling, and scent "ghosts" Lewis and her collaborators invite visitors to stretch their senses to the limits of the sensible and approach the extrasensory in order to become receptive to the multiple forms of presence we live and die alongside. Existing Otherwise proposes alternative modes of engagement with site, architecture, and self and introduces a playfulness in regard notions of presentation and representation as ways of moving towards strategies of connection that do not require the elimination of difference but rather thrive upon the tension generated by difference in close proximity.
The public presentation takes place at Jacuzzi Amsterdam.
Made with and by Tristan Al-Hinnawi, Sofia Castro, Devika Chotoe, Tim Faraus, Antonella Fittipaldi, Rūta Junevičiūtė, Valeryia Le, Parisa Madani, Nazar Rakhmanov, Jelle Maarten Haen, Jessica Matheson, Marina Orlova, Neda Ruzheva, Mina Tomic, Júlia Sára Vavra, Karina Villafan, Milena Weber, Fernanda Libmann Fonseca, Dirk Bell, Marcelo Alcaide, LABOUR, and Isabel Lewis.
Commissioned by the SNDO – School for New Dance Development. Presented with Jacuzzi Amsterdam.
Date Friday 13 December 2019
Time 17:00 - 17:45 | entrance only possible between 16:45 - 17:00
Reservation Not required. First comes, first serve. Please make sure to arrive in time though as there is a limited audience capacity and the show starts at 17:00 sharp. :)
Location Jacuzzi Amsterdam, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 106, 1012 GH Amsterdam
Isabel Lewis (Born in Santo Domingo, 1981) is a choreographer raised in southwest Florida and currently based in Berlin. Before relocating to Berlin in 2009, she lived in New York City where she danced for many choreographers showed her own commissioned works for the stage at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), PS122 (now Performance Space New York), and Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church.
Isabel Lewis also participated in other experimental formats and artist-run initiatives such as AUNTS, ClassClassClass, Bruce High Quality Foundation, and Movement Research Festival 2007 Reverence (Irreverence).
Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy, her work since 2010 takes on many different formats from lecture performances to workshops, decors, hosted occasions, sensory parcours, activations of public space, and artistic/curatorial works like the Institute for Embodied Creative Practices (2018-ongoing).
Lewis focuses her work on the aesthetics of the experiential creating spaces of sociable encounter between human and nonhuman agents and modeling formats for alternative modes of sociality among them. Lewis has created works around topics such as open source technology and dance improvisation (Communal EPIC Fiction, 2010), social dances as cultural storage systems (Mountain Grass, Mountain Hare: bodily imprinting and social dances, 2012), future bodily techniques (BALLISTIC BODY, 2011), rapping as an embodied speech act (FLOW PLAY: Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop 2013), and the sociological concept of erotic sociability (Unambitious Stripper 2017-ongoing).
Lewis’s work has been presented by Dia Art Foundation, Tate Modern, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Kunsthalle Basel, Frieze London, Liverpool Biennial, Serpentine Galleries, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Tanz Im August, Kampnagel, Gropius Bau, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo, Creative Time with Art Basel, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah Biennial, and Karachi Biennial Trust among others.
Jacuzzi is a convergence of Amsterdam-based choreographers, who act as a fluid support structure for each other and a host body for a multitude of movement practices and performance related events. Jacuzzi is currently Juan Pablo Camara, Matthew Day, Tomislav Feller, Setareh Fatehi Irani, Noha Ramadan, Michele Rizzo, Maciej Sado, Clara Saito, Sigrid Stigsdattar Mathiassen, and Eva Susova. https://jacuzzi.hotglue.me/
SNDO – School for New Dance Development offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a Bachelor's degree in Art – Choreography. The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the
existing forms and styles that dominated the field. After forty years, the SNDO remains inquisitive, open minded, and in the foreground of progressive developments in the fields of dance and performance. In the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, and awareness of the body and the artistic, social and political implications of working with it take precedence. The SNDO is part of Academy of Theatre and Dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. www.sndo.nl