Ligia Lewis [DO/DE]

minor matter

minor matter
minor matter

09.03 – 10.03.2018

Ligia Lewis turns to the colour red – in between love and rage – while asking questions about (re)presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification. Three performers push their bodies against the boundaries of the theatre while simultaneously showing their humble relationship with it. Exhaustion reaches increasingly high levels on a journey to the stage's essential matter: black. Lewis was awarded the prestigious Bessie award for minor matter.

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, Corey Scott-Gilbert, 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.