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Ligia Lewis (DO/US/DE)

Water Will (in Melody)

  • 80’
  • F Hearing-impaired spectators welcome
  • G Hearing loops
  • A Little or no text

Concept, chorégraphie, direction: Ligia Lewis. Performance: Titilayo Adebayo, Dani Brown, Ligia Lewis, Susanne Sachsse. Dramaturgie: Maja Zimmermann. Création sonore: S. McKenna. Création lumière: Ariel Efraim Ashbel. Direction technique et régie lumière: Catalina Fernandez. Scénographie: Eike Böttcher. Costumes: sowrong studio. Assistants: Gilad Bendavid, Carina Zox. Responsable production: HAU Artist Office – Sabine Seifert. Touring et distribution: HAU Artist Office – Nicole Schuchardt. Production: Ligia Lewis – HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Coproduction: Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018 – Centre D’Art Contemporain, Genève, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Lausanne, donaufestival, Krems, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Münchner Kammerspiele. Financements: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Soutiens: Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC.

A choreographic piece for four dancers, Water Will (in Melody) uses melodrama as a starting point, to then morph into a dystopian account that grapples with language; a space in which the dancers handle desire, imagination and the looming sense of an ending. Creating a dissonant fantasy world that is at once curious, playful and sad, Ligia Lewis offers up a fictional story free from any metaphorical or symbolic weight. This new creation is the last chapter of a triptych begun with Sorrow Swag, followed by minor matter, presented at Les Urbaines and at Arsenic respectively. The Dominican-American choreographer and dancer develops work that is very personal, rich and complex, and interrogates the metaphors linked to the body and the way it is embedded in society.