Having grown up in a divided city, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Isabel Mohn focuses on the cultural, social and psychological barriers that sometimes separate individuals from those that surround them. Pushed by a desire to understand, perhaps to overcome these barriers between the self and others, the choreographer often presents her work in non-traditional spaces and configurations in order to better connect with the audience. She has thus developed an approach centred on human encounters, all the while questioning the conventional limits of dance and performance.
A Berlin native, Isabel Mohn graduated from LADMMI (École de danse contemporaine de Montréal) in 1999. Since then, her work has been presented on Montreal stages (at Tangente and various maisons de la culture, among others), as well as in Newfoundland, Germany and Finland. Her new piece for four dancers, be somebody else, will be produced in May 2014 during the 32nd season of Danse-Cité. Since 2010, Isabel has also been developing dance projects for hospital settings. In the spring of 2013, for instance, she presented Corps-miroir, a choreographic project involving a group of CHUM psychiatric patients and produced in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse.
Photo: Sandra-Lynn Bélanger