LEWIS FOREVER is a performance collective of four siblings: three sisters and a brother, a director, two dancers and a musician. LF is a family living half in New York and half in Berlin, half Dominican and half Jewish American, a performance collective and a bloodline. LF makes new performance work for both theatrical and non-theatrical spaces always exploring new performance formats as well as new methods for collaboration. Taking on the configuration of a collective LF proposes a new model for the family structure reconfiguring traditional notions. Family being the first society we acclimate to and the way we begin to understand the organization of our communities, we are interested in the family structure as a site for recasting the molds that shape our understandings of the world. LF is the taproot from which stem the various incarnations of our work. LF is comprised of artists Ligia, George Jr., Isabel, and Sarah Lewis and has been presented and supported by PS 122, Harlem Stage, New Museum and Dance New Amsterdam in New York and by various galleries and performance venues in Berlin, Germany.
NEW WORK-project description
LEWIS FOREVER’s Guide to Kinship and Maybe Magic is about re-imagining and reconfiguring collaborative methods for a family of artists trying hard to work together. Guide is a multi-tier work investigating the sociological implications of a family having to navigate the complications of collectivity. What is at stake are the personal relationships between siblings, Sarah, Isabel, Ligia, and George. The work unfolds on multiple platforms utilizing internet-based social media as well as the techniques of performance and film to create an at once intimate and complex portrayal of artistic collaboration.
This blog is our first step in creating a new platform for our collaboration and invites interactivity from our audience thus opening a window into our process. This location in cyberspace is also the one place where four individuals who are often traveling internationally can meet with any regularity. We will use this blog as a way to not only document our process but actually develop ideas, strategies, and content for the movie we will make as the final product of this project.
The idea to work with performance inside the frame work of a movie came about as the strategic answer to the challenge of addressing multiplicity of visions and voices, not to mention the lifestyle of hyper-mobility lead by working artists. By constantly adapting to the conditions of our real lives we can perform our ideas inside a work of fiction, a movie, and let the process of its production become the content of the project.
LEWIS FOREVER: Residency at NEW MUSEUM NYC 2009
Freak the Room, PS122, NYC 2008/09
What happens when we freak the fiction of cultural and familial identification? There is play, fantasy, and violence. There is an impostor. Words seem to come out almost right. Reactions test their relationships to actions and everything appears as more than it seems. Performance Space 122 is our living room – and we will freak it.
Cast of Characters:
Isabel played by Isabel
George played by George
Sarah played by Sarah
Ligia played by Eric Green (Imposter Lewis)
Eric Green was born in New York City in 1982. From 2000 to 2005 he studied Visual and Performing Arts at Oberlin College. In 2005 he moved to Berlin where he has produced several collaborative performance projects and books of poetry. In 2006, he was accepted to the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HÜZ), Berlin pilot project hosted by the Universität der Künste where he studied dance, choreography and dance history. In 2007 he co-founded the multi-disciplinary arts organization, ARK whose mission is to develop collaborative initiatives and projects. He is co-curator of the “Epic” series of performing arts events. Eric Green lives and works in Berlin.