Isabel Lewis is a Brooklyn and Berlin-based dance artist, curator, and writer from the Dominican Republic. Lewis studied Dance/Choreography and Literary Criticism at Hollins University before forming the Labor Union with Erika Hand, a dance collective, in NYC and presenting dance works at several venues and galleries in Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
Isabel has had the honor of being a Movement Research (MR) Artist in Residence and a Fresh Tracks Residency Recipient in 2005-2006 and has also received support from Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, New Museum, Harlem Stage, MAP Fund, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
She 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 MR Festival 2004: Improvisation is Hard and the MR Festival 2007: Reverence (Irreverence) as well as Re-Imagining Utopia: Austrian/NYC Dialogue in partnership with MR, the Austrian Cultural Forum (NYC), and Tanzquartier Wien .
As a performer Isabel has had the pleasure of working with Miguel Gutierrez and Ann Liv Young as well as many other NYC-based performance makers.
Recent projects include producing FOR THE TIME BEING,an independent artist organized mini-festival of performance, discourse, and party (Berlin); presenting her new solo performance work in progress STRANGE ACTION (Florida) at the Performance Mix Festival (NYC); collaborating in CASINO, a creative lab curated by Stefanie Wenner at the HAU (Berlin), and directing her first feature-length film, Lewis Forever’s Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic made in collaboration with filmmaker Anthony Rocco, visual artist Josep Maynou, and LEWIS FOREVER, a performance collective comprised herself and her three siblings Sarah Lewis, Ligia Lewis, and George Lewis Jr. of Twinshadow.