Ligia Lewis

minor matter


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, 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


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


Production: Ligia Lewis. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by - Senate Chancellery - Cultur and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.


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