Ligia Lewis [DO/DE]
09.03 – 10.03.2018
In minor matter, Ligia Lewis draws upon visual and conceptual metaphors relating to blackness. Continuing her ongoing engagement with embodiment while interrogating the social inscriptions of the body, minor matter poses questions about the black body within the frame of the black box. The performance combines both historical and iconic representations of popular forms of dance, and by its end, the piece arrives at a bareness of flesh—both of the theatre and its performers. In minor matter Lewis plays with the signification of time through a sound score that travels across musical epochs and genres.
Built on the logic of interdependence, the theatre’s parts—light, sound and image—become entangled with the three dancers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space. It is within this ‘blackened’ world that Lewis’s choreography comes to life.
• With minor matter, the Dominican-American choreographer Ligia Lewis presents part two of a triptych about blackness. While the first part, Sorrow Swag, (2015, Prix Jardin d’Europe) uses the color blue, in minor matter, Lewis turns to the color red to materialize thoughts between love and rage. We previously saw her in Kaaitheater as a dancer in Mette Ingvartsen’s 7 Pleasures and Eszter Salamon’s MONUMENT 0.
‘For the second year in a row, Ligia Lewis, offered the most vital new work in the American Realness festival: a beautiful, blistering trio.’
– The New York Times
‘The dancers threw themselves into knots, hoisted each other up against the walls. […] By the end of it all, Lewis had blood dripping from her knees, and the three were entirely out of breath. It felt like a celebration.’
– Art F City
concept & choreography Ligia Lewis | with Ligia Lewis, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tiran Willemse | musical dramaturgy Michal Libera | sound design Guy James Cohen | styling Alona Rodeh | light Andreas Harder | dramaturgy Ariel Efraim Ashbel | assistance Martha Glenn | production management björn & björn | distribution HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Nicole Schuchardt | production Ligia Lewis | co-production HAU Hebbel am Ufer | funded by Senate Chancellery – Cultur and Europe, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.