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Picture: Dorothea Tuch
minor matter by Ligia Lewis
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Picture: Martha Glenn
minor matter by Ligia Lewis
Picture: Martha Glenn
Picture: Martha Glenn
minor matter by Ligia Lewis
Picture: Martha Glenn
Picture: Martha Glenn
minor matter by Ligia Lewis
Picture: Martha Glenn
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Ligia Lewis

minor matter

Continuing Lewis’s ongoing engagement with embodiment while interrogating the social inscriptions of body, minor matter poses questions about the black body within the frame of the black box. The evening-length work combines both historical and iconic representations of popular forms of dance. By its end, the piece arrives at a bareness of flesh—both of the theater and its performers. Death is an operative theme in the work. Like an allegory, the work unfolds multi-directionally while still maintaining its central theme—“As the world collapses, what is left is that we have each other.”
 
Built on the logic of interdependence, the theater’s parts—light, sound, and image—become entangled with the three dancers, giving life to a vibrant social and poetic space. It is within this “blackened” world that Lewis’s choreography comes to life.
Lewis’s work plays with cultural signifiers related to death, such as the dancers’ blackened eyes and blood-stained shorts; choreographically the vogue death drop, death metal choreography such as headbanging and two-step. For minor matter, Lewis sources movements from both dance history and popular culture, with references including Maurice Bejart’s Bolero, transformed into a step routine, sourced from black American popular culture. Her work also makes use of other unlikely associations such as baroque music coupled with a wrestling match, as well as monologues that quote Kanye West and Bartelby in the same breath.
 
In minor matter Lewis plays with the signification of time, through a sound score that travels across musical epochs and genres. While Sorrow Swag uses the color blue, in minor matter, Lewis turns to the color red to materialize thoughts between love and rage.
Trailer “minor matter"
Past dates
November 2016, April 2017
English (language no problem)
Duration: 1:00
Concept & choreography / With
Ligia Lewis
With
Jonathan Gonzalez, Tiran Willemse
Musical dramaturgy
Michal Libera
Sounddesign
Jassem Hindi
Styling
Alona Rodeh
Light
 
Dramaturgy
Ariel Efraim Ashbel
Assistance
Martha Glenn
Press & production
björn & björn
Rerun: April 2017
Production: Ligia Lewis. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by - Senate Chancellery - Cultur and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.