© Moritz Freudenberg
© Moritz Freudenberg
© Moritz Freudenberg

Ligia Lewis (DO/US/DE)

A Plot / A Scandal


  • 1h10
  • F Hearing-impaired spectators welcome
  • G Hearing loops
  • A Little or no text
  • B Accessible to persons with reduced mobility

Conception, direction artistique, interprétation: Ligia Lewis. Assistance chorégraphique, interprétation: Corey Scott-Gilbert, Justin Kennedy. Recherche, dramaturgie: Sarah Lewis-Cappellari. Recherches: Michael Tsouloukidse. Création lumière, direction technique: Joseph Wegmann. Création son, composition: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow, Wynne Bennett. Voix: George Lewis Jr AKA Twin Shadow. Régie son: Manuel Pessoa de Lima. Décor: Ligia Lewis. Costume: SADAK. Stagiaire technique: Şenol Şentürk. Production, administration: Sina Kießling. Production, distribution: Nicole Schuchardt. Assistanat production: Julia Leonhardt.

Production: Ligia Lewis. Coproductions: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Ruhrtriennale, Arsenic - Centre d’art scénique contemporain (Lausanne), Tanzquartier Wien, Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER (Gent), Kaserne Basel, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis MN). Accueils en résidence: Callie’s, O Espaço do Tempo. Soutiens: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, finance par le Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

A plot exposed, a foul deed enacted, invites scandal. In the spirit of revolution or romantic musings, scandals provoke an imagining of the impossible. Utopian or mundane, how might scandal reveal what lies unwittingly close to our fantasies? And how does it expose where society places its limits? If life is a scandal waiting to be plotted, how do we position ourselves within its matrix? Immoral and lacking propriety, scandals are incidents where fantasy and pleasure take center stage.
Guided by the questions for whom this pleasure is for and at what expense, Lewis’s new plot explores the stage where scandals abound. Weaving together historical, anecdotal, political, and mythical narratives, Lewis constructs the poetics of refusal at the edges of representation. A dance between affect and embodiment, seeing and being seen, A Plot / A Scandal is a scene in the making where the excitement for that which does not fit might find its place.