Ligia Lewis

minor matter

Part of “A Melancholic Melody / A Will To An End – a Series of Works by Ligia Lewis”


English / Language no problem / 60 min.

“minor matter” is the second part of the trilogy (BLUE, RED, WHITE) performed by three dancers. Two discursive apparatuses are at play—blackness and the black box. In this work, Ligia Lewis turns to the color red to materialize thoughts between love and rage.

The work unfolds multi-directionally creating a poetics of dissonance from which questions of re-presentation, presentation, abstraction, and the limits of signification emerge. Throughout the choreography the performers push their bodies against the boundaries of the stage while simultaneously illustrating a humble relationship between their bodies and the space that encapsulates it. The performers get exhausted as their bodies strip the stage of its formal mystique to approach its matter — black. In “minor matter”, sound travels across musical epochs to arrive at the poetics of the intimate present. Built on the logic of interdependence, the theater’s parts — light, sound, image, and architecture — become entangled with the three performers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space.


Concept & Choreography: Ligia Lewis / With: Ligia Lewis, Jonathan Gonzalez, Tiran Willemse / Musical dramaturgy: Michal Libera / Sound design: Jassem Hindi / Styling: Alona Rodeh / Light: Andreas Harder / Dramaturgy: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / Assistance: Martha Glenn / Press & production: björn & björn / Produktionsleitung (Tour): Hannes Frey (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) / Touring & Distribution: Nicole Schuchardt (HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

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  • Past
    Thu 24.11.2016, 20:30 / HAU2
    Fri 25.11.2016, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sat 26.11.2016, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sun 27.11.2016, 19:00 / HAU2
    Tue 11.4.2017, 20:30 / HAU3
    Wed 12.4.2017, 20:30 / HAU3
    Thu 13.4.2017, 20:30 / HAU3
    Wed 15.4.2020, 20:30 / HAU2
    Sat 18.4.2020, 18:00 / HAU2


Production: Ligia Lewis. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by: Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. Residenz-Unterstützung: FD-13, PACT Zollverein, 8:tension/Life Long Burning, collective address.


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