Performance "An Occasion" by Isabel Lewis

Isabel Lewis, 2021. Photo: Mathilde Agius. Design: Lana Jerichova, TBA21.


Seeking Andalusia-based performers for the performance An Occasion by Isabel Lewis in the context of TBA21–Academy's artistic research program, Meandering, curated by Sofía Lemos.

Open to professional adult performers of all ages, especially 40+ years old.

Application deadline: June 1, 2023.

Only applicants currently based in the region of Andalusia, Spain, will be considered.

On November 11, 2023, the artist Isabel Lewis (b. 1981, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) will host a durational performance as part of the format Occasion during the TBA21–Academy Convening, curated by Sofia Lemos, where Lewis will expand through movement, dance, discourse, and singing as well as culinary and smell offerings, her ongoing research on devotional listening, Sufi mysticism, and flamenco in connection to the environmental histories of the Guadalquivir River and the region of Andalusia.

Applicants with an interest and sensibility for ecological practices in the cultural field are especially encouraged to apply.
Inspired by how rivers bend and curve, connecting entire ecosystems, our artistic research program, Meandering, unfolds the cultural, spiritual, and ecological trajectories of waterways to reveal our interdependence with the watershed. Through sharing experience and experimentation, and by developing critical-creative insight about the interplays between river, land, ocean, and atmosphere, the program anchors TBA21–Academy’s practices and methodologies for “thinking oceanically about more-than-ocean.”

Lewis’ performance will expand on “O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A. (Occasions Creating Ecologically Attuned Narratives in Collective Action)” (2021), an exhibition-performance and experimental pedagogy project, commissioned by TBA21–Academy at Ocean Space in Venice and curated by Chus Martinez. O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A. aimed at reprogramming the body to recognize the human potential to be oceanic by listening to the language of the Ocean. In Córdoba, Lewis’ research focuses on developing protocols to listen to river-speak. You can read more about her work O.C.E.A.N.I.C.A. here and hear the artist sharing about Occasions, a collective format Lewis has developed as a way of sharing her research through movement, song, discourse, dialogue, fashion and furniture design, as well as smell here
Who and what are we looking for
We are looking for 3 professional performers to participate in a durational group performance with the following rehearsal schedule:

- The briefing and first rehearsals will take place June 21 – 23, 2023
- Rehearsals continue between September 18 – 29, 2023 (exact dates tbc) 
- Final rehearsals between November 5 – 10, 2023
- Dress rehearsal and performance on November 11, 2023

Isabel Lewis is seeking professional dancers above legal age and especially over the age of 40. Lewis is interested in performers with either classical or contemporary backgrounds, with previous performance experience or well-established physical practices who are interested in and familiar with improvisation and instant composition. Particular preference will be given to expanded disciplinary practices, including contemporary dance and flamenco. Performers of Black, Roma-sinti and queer backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. A strong technical foundation is appreciated but more importantly, we want to work with performers who are willing to explore a non-traditional (though highly structured) composition and who are grounded, calm, and nuanced in their movement, but still have the capacity to be explosive and precise within subtle and small movements. In addition, the performers will need to feel comfortable using their voice in public speaking and singing. This is a paid position.
All applicants must be able to confirm that they are available for the full rehearsal scheduleOnly applicants who have submitted all the required application materials will be considered. 

To apply send us an email to and please provide:

- Contact information (address, email, phone number)
- A picture of yourself (JPEG, PDF)
- A CV/resume (PDF)
- The privacy policy signed by the candidate (attached below) 
- A four-minute video in two parts (MP4, MOV).

For the video, in the first two minutes, please introduce yourself and answer the following questions:

Which aspects of dance do you carry into your daily life? Do you feel that dance has a role in culture beyond self-expression? If so, how? 

The other two minutes should be a recording of yourself dancing to a favorite song as though you were dancing alone somewhere private. Video can be filmed simply on a mobile phone or computer camera. There is no need for extra production, editing, or special effects in the videos. 

The application deadline is on June 1, 2023. Final selection will be made and communicated by June 16, 2023. Selected applicants are expected to be present in Córdoba for a briefing session on June 21, 2023.

The application can be submitted in either Spanish or English.
Terms & Conditions
1. Applicants must be over 18 years old.
2. This is a paid collaboration. Honorariums are set 75€ rehearsal day (6 hours) and 40€ / half-day rehearsal  (3 hours). A one-hour break is included in the full rehearsal day. In addition, there will be a 300€ flat-rate fee for the performance pending on experience.  Accomodation and travel expenses will be also covered within Andalusia. Selected participants will receive a per diem.
3. The working language will be English although rehearsals are bilingual. The artist, Isabel Lewis is English-speaking with a good command of Spanish language.
4. If you are selected, you are expected to take part in all rehearsals and performances.
5. The performance will last continuously between two-three hours, with breaks as needed. 
6. TBA21–Academy will cover expenses associated with travel or accommodation in the region of Andalusia pending on the applicants’ need. 

In case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via
June 1, 2023
Spanish or English
Open to all forms and genres. Only applications from performers currently based in the region of Andalusia, Spain, will be considered.