Ocean Space, Venice presents The Soul Expanding Ocean #2: Isabel Lewis

September 15, 2021

Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy, supported by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), the exhibition-performance is unveiled in the second chapter of “The Soul Expanding Ocean”, a series of exhibitions by Ocean Space’s 2021–2022 curator Chus Martínez.

“The Soul Expanding Ocean 2: Isabel Lewis” is a ballet that takes up the dynamics of biological-physical interactions in the Ocean as a choreographic strategy. A ballet is a formalized set of movements that adapt the body to the flow of sound. This time the flow is provided by the Ocean and the mission is to adapt the bodies to its rhythm. For this reason, Lewis proposed an open call in order to initiate a search for 10 professional and 10 non-professional dancers. It is in this dialogue between the known and the unknown, between forms historically inherited and new languages to be born, that the piece approaches the Ocean.
This piece addresses a crucial question: how to reconcile in a coherent manner one’s artistic activity as a choreographer and dancer with one’s political commitment towards nature and the Ocean and the role artists granted themselves in the transformation of society?

The Soul Expanding Ocean #2: Isabel Lewis
Every Friday and Saturday, 3 – 8 pm
Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Castello 5069, 30122 Venezia

While waiting for “The Soul Expanding Ocean #2” at Ocean Space…

“In Girum” (dialogue on walking). Giorgio Andreotta Calò in conversation with Barbara Casavecchia | Saturday September 18 at 11.30 am. 

As part of The Current III. “Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (After Etel Adnan”)”, led by Barbara Casavecchia, this conversation will explore the role of walking in the artist’s practice, and in particular the conception and evolution of a new site-specific project commissioned by TBA21Academy: the action lacuna (2021), realized last June, in which Giorgio Andreotta Calò embarked on a solitary journey around the entire perimeter of the Venetian Lagoon, a distance of about 270 km. More information.

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