Ligia Lewis

A Plot / A Scandal

Part of “Complaint, A Lyric. A Retrospective by Ligia Lewis”


English /  With German surtitles /  80 min.

The word “plot” refers not only to the action of a story but also to a piece of land, depending on the context. It can also be a verb: to scheme, possibly endangering the existing order – which has led Ligia Lewis to position scandal as a cultural manifestation. Scandals are incidents of disruption where fantasy and pleasure take centre stage. Guided by the questions for whom this pleasure is for and at what expense, as well as where the connecting lines between scandal and plot run historically, Lewis's new plot explores the stage where scandals abound. Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political and mythical narratives − ranging from an interest in the Enlightenment thinker John Locke, Maria Olofa (Wolofa) in the slave revolt of Santo Domingo in 1521, and Lewis’s great grandmother, a figure Lewis turns to within her plot as a guide of resistance − the choreographer and dancer constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen. As is so often the case in Lewis's work, “A Plot / A Scandal” creates a space full of excitement, in which images emerge that have a resonance and express more than language can. These fantastically beguiling and at the same time repulsive visual worlds reveal the artist's high formal awareness.


Concept, Choreography, Artistic Direction: Ligia Lewis / Performance: Ligia Lewis / Assistance choreography, Performance: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy / Research, Dramaturgy: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari / Research: Michael Tsouloukidse / Lighting Design, Technical Direction: Joseph Wegmann / Music composition, Sound Design: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow, Wynne Bennett / Sound: Manuel Pessoa de Lima / Set Design: Ligia Lewis / Costume Design: SADAK / Stage Technician: Şenol Şentürk / Production, Administration: Sina Kießling / Production, Distribution: Nicole Schuchardt / Production assistance: Julia Leonhardt


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    Thu 20.10.2022, 20:30 / HAU1
    Fri 21.10.2022, 20:30 / HAU1
    Sat 22.10.2022, 20:30 / HAU1


Production: Ligia Lewis. Co-produktion: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic - Centre d'art scénique contemporain Lausanne, Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum VIELNULVIER Gent, Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Walker Art Center Minneapolis. Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the residency support of: Callie’s, O Espaço do Tempo.Supported by: NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


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