Ligia Lewis

Water Will (in Melody)

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


German / English / 60 min

"Water Will (in Melody)” is a devised choreographic work for four performers using melodrama as a point of departure. Wrestling with language and notions of "the will", this dystopic fantasy becomes a space for negotiating desire, imagination, and feelings of an encroaching end. Unfolding with playful inventiveness, a wet and cavernous landscape becomes host to a fiction that invites instability, recreation, and catastrophe. Lewis initiates this world in which voice, gesture, touch and movement, flow like waves – both gentle and turbulent. Through the language of mimesis, Lewis and her performers engage with the porousness of the theater by producing a fantastical-like materiality relieved of metaphoric and symbolic weight. Surrendering to the possibilities of the haptic, sense gets un-done to get re-done, paving way for an “othered” organization of sight and touch. Through this process of alienation, exteriorization, and materialization, this melodrama touches the borders of its own making giving life to both the emotional landscape of its protagonists as well as to the theater itself.


Concept, Choreography & direction: Ligia Lewis / Creation with original performers: Titilayo Adebayo, Dani Brown, Susanne Sachsse / Performance: Dani Brown, Ligia Lewis, Jolie Ngemi, Susanne Sachsse / Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann / Light Design: Ariel Efraim Ashbel / Sound Design: Jassem Hindi, S. McKenna / Stage Design: Eike Böttcher / Technical Direction & Light: Catalina Fernandez / Costumes: sowrong studio / Assistant: Carina Zox, Gilad Bendavid / Production Management: Hannes Frey (HAU Hebbel am Ufer) / Touring & Distribution: Nicole Schuchardt (HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

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  • Past
    Thu 29.11.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Fri 30.11.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 1.12.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sun 2.12.2018, 20:00 / HAU1
    Thu 16.4.2020, 20:30 / HAU1
    Sat 18.4.2020, 20:30 / HAU1


Production: Ligia Lewis / HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Co-production: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 / Centre D’Art Contemporain (Genf), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), donaufestival (Krems), Arsenic Centre d'art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis).

Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Supported by: Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC).


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