Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody)
Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody)
“Water Will (In Melody) opposes neoliberal progress and dominant categorization, rejecting the physical and conceptual articulations of representation that are projected onto the Black subject in exchange for something dark, something defined outside of whiteness." — Oregon Artswatch
“[Water Will (in Melody)] takes inspiration from mime and the Brothers Grimm story 'The Willful Child' to investigate race, gender and grief." — Los Angeles Times
“The show should bust up any lingering notion you have about the stability of identity.” — The Stranger
“Not to be missed.” — The New York Times
In this internationally acclaimed choreographic work, celebrated artist and choreographer Ligia Lewis, along with her incredible cast, Susanne Sachsse, Dani Brown and Titilayo Adebayo, use melodrama and an eerie tale by the Brothers Grimm as points of departure. Unfolding with playful inventiveness, a wet and cavernous landscape becomes host to a fiction that invites instability, recreation, and catastrophe. Wrestling with language and notions of “the will,” this dystopian fantasy becomes a space for negotiating desire, imagination, and feelings of an encroaching end. Lewis initiates a world in which voice, gesture, touch and movement flow like waves—both gentle and turbulent. Surrendering to the possibilities of the haptic, sense gets un-done to get re-done, paving the way for an “othered” organization of sight and touch. Water Will (in Melody) completes Lewis’s trilogy, preceded by minor matter in red (seen at REDCAT in January 2018) and Sorrow Swag in blue.
Ligia Lewis is a dancer and choreographer. She has worked in multiple contexts including that of the theatre and museum. Engaging with affect, empathy, and the sensate, her choreography considers the social inscriptions of the body while evoking its potentiality. Her work can be described as experientially rich and complex. Within her practice, Lewis continues to provoke the nuances of embodiment. In 2017, Lewis was awarded a Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest stage work, minor matter and was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for her work Sorrow Swag. In 2018 she was granted a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award in the field of dance. Both her stage works minor matter (2016) preceded by Sorrow Swag (2014) continue to tour internationally. Her work has been shown at various venues and festivals including the following—Abrons Art Center/American Realness (NYC), Flax/Fahrenheit (LA), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), TATE Modern (London), Stedelijk Museum/Julidans Festival (Amsterdam), REDCAT/Pacific Standard Time (LA), and Tanz im August presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). As a dancer, Lewis has performed and toured extensively for artists including Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Mette Ingvartsen, and Eszter Salamon. She has collaborated with visual artist Wu Tsang, musical artist Twin Shadow, and with the DJ collective NON Worldwide. Ligia Lewis is currently managed and produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin and she is a factory artist at tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf.
Production: Ligia Lewis/ HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Co-production: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 /Centre D’Art Contemporain (Geneva), tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Arsenic Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), donaufestival (Krems), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Münchner Kammerspiele. Funded by: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by: Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC). Thanks to: Jarrett Gregory. This U.S. tour of Water Will (in Melody) is supported in part by the Goethe-Institut
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